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on the reviewer certainly was, that Mr. Woodward was a lover of paradoxes. But he does not pretend to be infallible. A reviewer's duty is to convey his own impressions honestly, and not to pretend that they have any other value than as being the honest impressions of a single person, just as likely to be wrong as the person whom he is reviewing.
All this, indeed, would not have been said, had not the "Dublin Magazine" thought proper to find fault with the tone as well as the matter of the review. If any thing which could convey the slightest feeling of disrespect to Mr. Woodward was said or done, it was most contrary to the writer's intention; and Mr. W.is entreated to believe this, and to accept the apology, if one is due. The review stated the impression made by his work, that it was the production of a powerful, original, pious, and active mind. It was recommended, and honestly recommended, to general notice. Does the “ Dublin Magazine” expect that, in addition to such commendation, one should agree in every opinion expressed?
But the article was facetious! Alas! there may be persons who may approach to the work connected with a periodical with minds disposed to be light or facetious. But, surely, they can be few. A sense of duty, a desire to be useful, or a stern necessity, may induce some and compel others to give up the cherished and passionate pursuits, and thoughts, and hopes, and studies of other years, for the devouring, wasting, odious calls of periodical literature. But the seasons are so rare when they who work in such a spirit can come to the task with anything of a festive or facetious mind, that this wrong may perhaps be forgiven them.
Let the “Dublin Magazine" pursue its own course. It is a very able, a very useful, and a very highly-principled journal. The writer of these lines will not say that he always admires all its taste, or agrees in all its views. For example, the ground on which the critic of Mr. Woodward rests the Divine origin of the church is one which assures him that he and that critic are very wide asunder indeed. But still the Journal deserves all respect and praise. Let it, then, pursue its own course, and leave its well-wishers to pursue theirs without interference.
ECLECTIC REVIEW. It is perhaps worth remarking that the journal to which the dissenters refer as their best and most creditable one, the “ Eclectic Review," is so ill supported by them that Dr. Pye Smith is under the necessity of attempting to secure its continuance by writing letters of recommendation of it to the newspapers. Surely this can never answer. If a journal cannot go on without appeals of this sort to the public, it will never go on at all. At the very same time, that peculiarly Christian journal, the “Christian Advocate," comes forward with a long story about its efforts to revolutionize Methodism and the large sums of money expended for that purpose, all which has been sadly rewarded. It does not pay, as it seems; a thousand pounds are wanting to carry on the revolution scheme for a year, and a long advertisement has been put out shewing that either advertising in the paper, buying it, or giving money to it, is quite necessary. The Patriot, too, declares, that it has not arrived at the paying point. How is this ?
The article on “ Lord Brou m” was first rate. But why was it so printed be almost unintelligible? Many errors of the press must be found in periodicals, and must be forgiven. But to have full stops in the middle of sentences, &c. &c., is very lamentable, when the article is of the greatest value. One might, perhaps, complain justly of the odd and sudden break off in the attack on this Magazine, for where an attack is inade, a little care should be taken. But it is enough to notice this, and to profess, as well as feel, perfect goodwill.
BIBLE STATISTICS, (or rather) ABSURD NONSENSE. Iz was stated by Mr. Dudley, at the late meeting of the Gloucester Bible Society, that the parent society had printed and distributed nine millions of bibles and testaments since its formation in 1804, and that during the whole of last year, excluding Sundays, and allowing twelve hours to each day, there had been a continual stream of the waters of life flowing from the depository in London, at the rate of nearly three copies of the sacred Scriptures every minute! Of upward of three hundred known languages which are spoken in the world, no portion of the Holy Scriptures had ever appeared in print in more than forty-nine, before the establishment of the Bible Society; but that now, by the blessing of God on the labours of that institution, the number printed, translated or translating, amounts to one hundred and eighty-five different languages. If the sacred volumes already issued by this society were placed side by side, allowing two inches to be the thickness of each book, they would extend upwards of four hundred and seventy-six miles. And yet there remain upwards of six hundred and twenty millions of human beings whom the light of the gospel has never reached !-Home Missionary Mag. Nov. 1835, p. 433.
ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED FOR DISCOUNTENANCING VICE, &c.
(From a Correspondent.) The reader's attention is requested to the advertisement at the end of the Magazine, and to the following statement :
The Association is the only National Society in Ireland which is intimately connected with the established church. It is perfectly similar in its constitution, principles, and mode of proceeding to the venerable Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. However, as it has not adopted the attractive plan, pursued by some other religious societies, of holding large public meetings, at which eloquent speeches can be made, the Association is comparatively little known ; its schools, being founded and conducted on true church-ofEngland principles, it has not found any favour in the eyes of dissenters. Parliamentary aid used to be granted, but has been withdrawn now for more than two years. Out of 1900 members, 1400 are clergymen; and the distress to which they have been reduced by the non-payment of tithes has prevented their contributing their usual subcriptions. Under these circumstances, the Association ventures to make this appeal to the friends of the church in the sister country, but wishes to do so modestly, and as unobtrusively as possible, without “lifting up her voice in your streets."*
CHAPEL AT WALSALL WOOD.
The attention of the friends of the established church is earnestly requested to the following statement :
The inhabitants of Walsall Wood, in the parish of Walsall, amount to upwards of eight hundred, and are situated at a distance of from three to four miles from the parish church. It is intended, with the aid of the Diocesan Church Building Society, to erect a chapel for the use of the district, and the assistance of the friends of religion is requested in furtherance of this desirable object. The people are for the most part too poor to pay pew-rents, consequently a larger endowment than usual will be necessary.
There are nearly 13,000 children in the schools, of whom more than 4000 are Roman catholics. The sale of Prayer Books averages 8000 copies in the year.
The chapel is intended to contain three hundred and ninety sittings, of which three hundred and ten are to be free and unappropriated.
Subscriptions will be thankfully received by the Rev. John Barron, vicar; Mr. Henry C. Windle; Mr. R. Jesson, jun.; or at the banks of Messrs, Forster, and Messrs. Barbor and Marshall, all at Walsall.
[In all such cases would it not be well to mention some London banker who would receive subscriptions? Persons at a distance who wish to add their mite in such cases do not know how to send it, and thus such appeals are ineffectual.
There is, of course, in this case, a district annexed. Why cannot this be done, by the way, in every case, so that the great and admirable principle of pastoral charge may not be broken up, as it is in every case where a chapel is built, which is not either a dependent curacy on the mother church, or has a district annexed.-Ed.]
INCORPORATED SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING THE ENLARGEMENT,
BUILDING, AND REPAIRING OF CHURCHES AND CHAPELS. A MEETING of this society was held at their chambers in St. Martin's Place, on Monday, November the 16th; the Lord Bishop of Chichester in the chair. There were present the Right Hon. Sir John Nichol; Rev. Archdeacon Cambridge; Rev. Archdeacon Pott; Rev. Dr. Shepherd ; Rev. Dr. D'Oyly; Rev.John Lonsdale ; Rev. T. Bowdler ; Rev. C. Benson; Joshua Watson, Esq.; J. S. Salt, Esq.; George Bramwell, Esq. ; George Gipps, Esq.; James Cocks, Esq.; William Davis, Esq.; William Cotton, Esq.; Benjamin Harrison, Esq.; Newell Connop, jun., Esq., and others of the committee.
Among other business transacted, grants, varying in amount according to the exigency of the case, were voted towards building a chapel at Leavenheath, in the county of Suffolk; repewing the church at St. Ishmael, in the county of Carmarthen; repairing and repewing the church at Spittal, in the county of Pembroke ; building a chapel in the parish of St. Sidwell, in the city of Exeter ; rebuilding the tower of the church at Hellingly, in the county of Sussex, and providing additional sittings therein; building a chapel at Out Rawcliffe, near Garstang, in the county of Lancaster ; building a gallery in the church at Earls Colne, in the county of Essex : repewing the church at Gotham, in the county of Nottingham ; building a new gallery, and re-arranging the seats in the present gallery in the church at Lutterworth, in the county of Leicester.
Another Meeting of this society was held at their chambers in St. Martin's Place, on Monday, the 21st of December ; the Lord Bishop of London in the chair. There were present the Lord Bishop of St. Asaph ; Joshua Watson, Esq.; James Cocks, Esq.; Rev. H. H. Norris; H. J. Barchard, Esq.; J. S. Salt, Esq. ; N. Connop, jun., Esq.; Rev. Dr. Richards; E. H. Locker, Esq. ; Rev. Thos. Bowdler; William Davis, Esq.; Rev. John Lonsdale ; Benj. Harrison, Esq., and others of the committee.
Among other business transacted, grants, varying in amount according to the exigency of the case, were voted towards building churches at Ovendon, Halifax; and Barnstaple, Devon: and chapels at Northop, Flintshire; and Danekill, Sussex : enlarging the churches at Pulverbatch, Salop; Middle Chinnock, Somerset; (by rebuilding) at Westley, Suffolk; (by rebuilding) at Slebeck, Pembroke; Ancroft, Durham ; Shepton Mallet, Somerset; and the chapel at Denton, Durham: and building galleries in the church at Blanford, Dorset. EXTRACT FROM MR. NANGLE'S LETTER TO LORD JOHN RUSSELL. It is distinctly stated in “Dens's Theology," pp. 88, 89, that heretics (a word which your lordship is aware includes all dissenters from the church of Rome) are, ipso jure, infamous ; that their temporal goods are confiscated and that they may be justly punished for their religious opinions by banishment, imprisonment, and death. Dr. M‘Hale, Roman-catholic Archbishop of Tuam, in a letter addressed to your lordship, has deemed it expedient to disclaim this principle. I trust, however, to make it manifest in this letter that his professions and practice are sadly at variance.
A few protestant gentlemen, of the highest respectability, formed themselves into a committee with a view to promote the temporal and spiritual interests of the inhabitants of this island, a district which, even in the west of Ireland, is proverbial for its destitution. They procured a tract of wild moun. tain, purposing to reclaim it by native labour, and on this and other improvements they have already exp led sum exceeding 1,600l.
The oversight of the spiritual concerns of the infant settlement was intrusted to me, with the full approbation of his Grace the Archbishop of Tuam. It pleased God to grant such a blessing to our exertions that several families and individuals abandoned the communion of the church of Rome, and connected themselves with us as members of the protestant church. No exertions were spared by the Roman-catholic priests to exasperate the peasantry, who were disposed to regard us with the kindest feelings, against us, and to urge them on to such repeated acts of violence as might exhaust our patience or our courage, and oblige us at last to abandon our post in the island. These things have been already detailed in a petition which was presented to the House of Lords, in June last.
Finding that the means which the priests had employed had failed of success, Dr. M.Hale visited the island at the beginning of this month, hoping that the exercise of the spiritual authority with which the ignorant peasantry supposed him to be invested, might prove more effectnal. The day after the bishop's arrival, the congregation was assembled at the parish chapel, the persons who had joined the protestant church were held up to abhorrence in the strongest terms which language could furnish, and their neighbours were forbidden to speak to them, or to sell them provisions, or shew them any kindness. Before Dr. M'Hale left the island, these inhuman injunctions were again repeated, and a solemn curse pronounced against any who dared to violate them. In consequence of this, our poor people have been subjected to much inconvenience, and sustained much loss; their kind salutations of their former friends meet no return; the stream of social kindness has been embittered at its source by the gall and wormwood of religious rancour ; some of these faithful sufferers for conscience' sake have been inhospitably ejected from their dwellings, their neighbours alleging no reason for conduct so much at variance with the redeeming virtue of Irish character, but the will of the bishop ; others have been obliged, at considerable cost and inconvenience, to purchase provisions in a distant village, for though there are some of their neighbours whose good nature is stronger than their fear of Dr. M'Hale's curse, yet they dare not sell them potatoes, as a murmur has already gone out among the people, that any one who violates the bishop's orders may expect to have his cattle houghed, and to suffer other injuries in his property and person.
In this island there are many who abhor the doctrines of the church of Rome, who loathe the thought of giving the honour which is due to God to the pastry idol of the mass; but they dare not break the chains which gall their spirit--they sigh for freedom, but the fear of the driver's lash restrains them from claiming their birth-right. I must remind your lordship that I am prepared to prove the facts which I have stated, by competent witnesses, before any tribunal : and I do most earnestly desire that an opportunity of doing so may be afforded me, in order that, if at a future period the inhabitants of Achill should swell the catalogue of our national atrocities, the British public may trace their crimes, not to any peculiar depravity in them, but to the baneful influence of popery and its teachers. I have the honour to be your lordship's obedient humble servant,
EDWARD NANGLE. Dugort, Island of Achill, Sept. 9th, 1835.
EXTRACT FROM MR. NANGLE'S LETTER TO DR. M'HALE. I must first notice a gross misrepresentation which arrests my attention in the very first paragraph of your letter. You state that you were engaged " in receiving back into the fold the few who were straying around its enclosure.' If in this sentence you mean to assert, that through your influence all or any of those persons who had abandoned the communion of the church of Rome and joined themselves to our congregation were induced to return, I say the statement is untrue. I write what if it be false may be easily proved to be so, that not even a bolitary individual who stood connected with us as a catechumen, much less as a communicant, was either induced by
blandishments or intimidated by your curses to break his connexion with us; but, on the contrary, the very day after you proclaimed to the public, under your hand and mark, and assumed episcopal title, that the Achill mission was a complete failure, I had the happiness of receiving at the Lord's table, as communicants for the first time, seven persons, five of whom, including your priest's former schoolmaster, had been converted from popery since I came to the island. I should not have mentioned the fact at all were it not to shew the public that your most confident statements should be regarded with extreme caution.
The most which you, and the numerous staff of priests which accompanied you, could accomplish was, to intimidate some of our poor labourers, whose industry had been relieved of a heavy clog by a disregard for your holidays, into a promise of their future observance. Your own conscience, sir, can tell you by what heartless tyranny even this poor semblance of submission to your authority was secured ; you know that the delinquents were warned by name, in the public congregation, that the result of non-compliance would have been your curse: this, indeed, might easily be despised were not its utterance followed by a suspension of all the kindnesses of friends and neighbours, and exposedness to all that is physically, as well as morally, distressing and painful. “I know well," said one of those serfs of a despot church, “ that God never commanded us to keep the holidays, but I thought it better to beg his (Dr. M•Hale's) pardon, than to have the tongues of the flock upon me.” “ Don't I know well,” said another, “ that they (the Romish clergy) have forsaken the ancient catholic faith, and that they are teaching a new religion, which Christ and his apostles never taught; but what could I do? If I did not humble to him (Dr. M‘Hale), I feared my cattle would be houghed; and how did I know what might happen to myself if I only went to Newport?”
There is at Achill-bay a large coast-guard station, composed principally, if not exclusively, of protestants; being desirous to establish a school among them, I authorized the chief boatman, a respectable protestant, to engage a house for the master. On making application to some of the peasantry, they expressed their entire willingness to afford the desired accommodation, as the pecuniary remuneration which they were to receive, though in itself small, was to them an object of considerable importance; but at the same time they said they had received such strict orders from the priest, that they could on no account yield to the applicant's wishes, or their own inclination, without the priest's special permission. The chief boatman finding them inexorable,