MR. RICHARD DOYLE
[This gifted and noble-minded Catholic has addressed the following letter to the Editor of the Globe]:— Sir—I perceive in the Globe of last evening mention made of my name in a way which, upon the Whole, I ant sure it is not for me to quarrel with, if the public do not; but the witty writer indulges in one piece of fat dire which I must protest against.
These am not times for such jokes, and at best this very fine irony is but little understood by the gene-rality of people; You may remember an instance of this kind, Sir, which occurred a few years ago in the far-famed "Proust levers," wherein an exquisite piece of humour, tmeharekeehead of "Rogueries of Torn Moore," quite took In the,,reblic, and even to this day mystifies many.
At any other moment I should not care, but in the present peceliaily sosceptible state of the British mind on the subject of "Papal aggressions" and the like, it may be just as" well ,to state, that the joke about my supposed Father Confesisor having spirited me away from my old friend Punch is a joke—that in a certain course which I felt compelled by a sense of common propriety to take,. I was influenced in no way whatever by the Rev. gentleman with the addition of S.J. after his name (Mr. Brownhill, with whom I have not even the pleasure of being personally acquainted), nor any other Rev. gen-tleman—in short, that the story is a pure fiction from beginning to end.
While on this subject, Sir, will you allow me, in refe-rence to a paragraph which line been copied into the Globe from inother paper, regarding the cause of my withdrawal from the popular periodical alluded to, to state that, although I did receive an assurance which at the time satisfied me, that assurance did not amount to a " solemn promise." Neither is the amount of my pecu-niary sacrifices, or salary, as it is called (but this is a matter of very 'secondary im rtance), quite correctly stated.—I am, Sir, your most o' lent servant, RICHARD DOYLE.
THE CHELTENHAM RIOT.
TO THE EDITOR OP THE TABLET.
Sir—Finding that the Cheltenham newspapers are trying to slur over this disgraceful affair, I have penned down a few particulars for your insertion in the Tablet.
Cheltenham has long been noted for the bigotry of its inhabitant& The 5th of November was allowed to pass over quietly, though not without its more than usually violent sermons commemorative of the day, and an increase in quantity of gunpowder letting off. To this succeeded, on Monday, the 11th ult., a meeting at the Town Hall, when the most violent " No-Popery" speeches were made by Parsons Close and Boyd, Grenville Berkeley, the member for the borough, and a few other individuals of less note. The room being too small for the numbers assembled, Mr. Close, Pon. Max. of Cheltenham, promised the working classes another opportunity of meeting, which was fixed for Thursday, the 21st ult., at seven p.m. Parson Close, Mr. Grenville. Berkeley, Mr. Morton Brown, Minis* at the Indepen-dent Chapel ; Mr. Lewis, a Baptist Parson; and F. Monro, Esq., were the great guns on the occasion. Constant allusion was made during their speeches to the spilling of Protestant blood ; illustrations were given from the use of the bayonet, when the Duke of Wellington roused the guards at Waterloo by saying, "Up, boys, and at them,"besides exciting their worst passions by refer-ring constantly to the sword, etc., though they would not use such weapons. The meeting did not conclude till after the hour of ten had struck, • when the mob, evi-dently directed by persons well dressed, marched, to the music of a band, to the High-street, and at the house of a tailor, named Hardwick, demanded the Pope, which he had made for the procession, with his attendant Bishops and Priests. These being denied them, the magistrates late that evening having forbidden the pro-cession and the delivery of the figures, they demolished the tailor's windows (which they did most effectually) ; when, to allay the fury of the mob, a smaller ,figure was thrown from the windows, with which, after proceeding up the town with music, they returned aloug the High-street, till they came to the one leading to the Catholic chapel, down which they proceeded with cries Of No " Popery," " Burn the Pope," and " Hang the Priests ;" then deliberately commenced, with bricks and stones, the attack on the house and chapel. In the meanwhile, efforts are being made to force the doors of house and chapel ; the figure is set fire to ; the wooden rails are torn up in front of the chapel and house to increase the fire. Fire balls were attempted to be thrown into the dmpelo t yfil40.9yift being broken; but fortunately they miller went wide of the Iii,B4rk, or?verel''d7iven, back by the now broken frames. The arrival of the maps-tretes, with a large body of police, just-as the chapel deer was forced, alone prevented the total destruction of nioch property, and probably of the livers of our two Pastors, the Rev. Messrs. Glasthrook and Kendal, such seip the fury of • the mob and the Madame to which thee EA been goaded by the so-cilled Ministate of peace Aul order.. How the whale chapel and loose e ed destruction is extraordinary, as a considerable e elapsed before the magistrates and police arrived, who? being armed with cutlasses, used their truncheone with einsiderable effieet, and, being secohded by a =mercer* hand of special constables,pworn in at, the moment, the mob gradually gave way. The whole town was in con-siderable excitement the following day, and farther out-breaks were expected ; but, thanks to heavy rain both on that and the following day, and a greater number of police from the country being brought into the town, and the assistance given by the special constables, no further outrage has taken place. Since this disgraceful affair and riot, the chief promoters of this display of bigotry seem utterly ashamed of their conduct, and are now trying to make amends by offers of assistanee. Mr. Close has offered to repair the damage—a pretty good sign that he, by his violent speeches, has been the cbief cause of this outrage. Mr. Grenville. BerkelOY, the member for the town, and Mr. Craven Berkeley? the late member, have each offered to head subscriptions, and many Protestants to contribute to repair the damage, which is conaiderable to both house and chapel. Deputations from Protestant tradesmen, to show their horror at the conduct of their fellow-towns-men, have likewipe offered to defray the coat of the repairs. The magistrates, and many leading Protestants, Lave called on our good Pastors to express their sym-pathy, and to show their detestation of the dastardly condupt, of the mob. The lessees of the Old Wells' Spa kindly offered the use of their music-hall for the Sunday service. In fine, sympathy is exhibited by all parties, who now appear thoroughly ashained of their conduct.
At a meeting held last Saturday at the chapel-houses of the principal Catholics in Cheltenham, the Hon. Colonel Browne in the chair, it was unanimously re-solved to appeal to the law, and oblige the county to repair the damage. This is a sad annoyance to the l'ro-testants, as they wished to hush up that which will ever be to their disgrace. Cheltenham is the only town which hustling disgraced itself.
(From our Northumberland and Durkon Corr respondent.)
THE MEETING AT NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE.
The great event in this District, during the last week,* been the anti-Catholic meeting in Newcastle, on Wednes-day (Nov. 27). As might have been anticipated from their public Spirit, numbers, and intelligence of the
embers of the proscribed creed, who form so large a portion of the population of the " metropolis of the North," an effective blow has been given to the agitation in this District.
The Catholics were early in attendance at the Guild-hall, and it was soon evident theylermed, if not a majo-rity, very nearly so, of the meeting. The requisitionists soon became aware of this, and a dod e became neces- sary to give the anti-Catholic party a c ...nieces& The Mayor, who was charged with great 'ty in fa- vour of the bigots, announced the meeting d be ad- journed to the Corn Exchange, by which moee e. gave his friends the chance of collecting a tag-rag- Weil majority in the treets, which was evident!? obtained la elerosual place of meeting The first dirpresition of feeling previous ment •when'the eloquent brother of et tecl Father Larjrin mounted the platform—a cheer was raised and continued for some maim* which could not be mietaken by'the requisitonisti.
Adjourned to the Corn Exchange, the speakers who moved the Memorial to the Queen were supported by an indiscriminate mob, whilst the thousands of Catholics present testified their disapprobation in various ways. In homage to the feelings of the inhabitants of Newcastle, contrary to their own persecuting tenets, the reqnisi-tionists had prepared their principal tesoIution in very mild language, and merely praying the Queen " to refuse to recognise any Ecclesiastical dignities invested with temporal jurisdiction in this country from the Pope of Rome, and withhold all countenance from any encroach-ments on the part of the Roman Catholic Church."
An amendment, to the effect that it was inexpedient to address her Majesty on any such subject, Was moved by Mr. CHARLES RAYNE, an extensive merchant, and se-conded by Mr. GLYNN, another Protestant gentleman.
The Bev. Gamine Harms, Unitarian Minister, in pro" posing s farther resolution, nearly similar in principle to the amendment, spoke with great eloquence and gene-rosity. He said—The greatness and the glory of Eng-land are not dependent on the domination of one parti-cular sect—(loud cheers)—nor the degradation or pro-scription of any, (Hear.) The civil and religious liberties we enjoy tie the result of centuries of struggle for their obtainment from the hands of unwilling power, and in the struggle for their obtainment our Ca-tholic fellow-countrymen have willingly and manfully borne their share. (Cheers.) It was our Catholic fore-fathers who evoked the elements of our form of repre-sentative government. (Cheers.) It was they who laid broad and deep the foundations of the commercial greatness of Britain ; it was they who wrested the great charter from the hands of the tyrant John. (Cheers.) In later times, they combined with their fellow countrymen to carry Parliainentary Reform. ; they contributed their share in securing 'the blessings of free trade, and in wiping away the monopolies which injured and retarded our commercial prosperity ; and they 'sanitized with us, shoulder to shoulder, in obtaining the repeal of those intolerant statutes, the Corporation and Test Acts —(loud cheers)—which so long disgraced a country boasting of its freedom. Sir, and when I further look at the stand-ing and character of my Catholic fellow-countrymen—when I see amongst their number many of the most respectedsinhetbit,anta of Newcastle—when I remember that the highest honours of this town and of the county have been conferred upon them, .I confess myself slow to believe that the civil and religious liberties of England are threatened by men like these. (Cheers.) Sir, what what is religious liberty Is it not the right to worship according to conscience I—to profess, without molesta-tion or hiadranee, the convictions of the soul l—to act out the individual judgment, without losing thereby a single civil right, or having affixed to profession and to worship any; penal brand ? (Hear.) The Catholic Emancipation Act secured that liberty to the adherents of that faith. It gave it not merely as theory, but in fact. Episcopal in its form of Church government, cer-tain organisation is essential to its administration. And it is that organisation that has raised the outcry wild, which is frightening the isle from its propriety, and lead-ing it in its irrational alarm to the very verge of intole-rance and persecution. But, in reality, what have we to do with the internal organisation of the Catholic Church That is the business of its members, not of out& Let every Church look to its own affairs, and mind the per-formance of its own respective duties. (Hear.) No alarm• whatever have I in respect to the Papal aggres-sion ; those who tremble and turn pale at the Papal Bull, seem to me to pay but a sorry compliment to their own principles and their respective Churches. Their invoca, tion of an arm of flesh to repel the aggression is wholly ticonsistent with the belief sad advoenoy of ;4'litelltailt ( From our Liverpool Correspondent.)
Liverpool', December 4, 1850.
On Thursday lad, the Catholic Club held their annual meeting, and afterwards dined at the Grecian Hotel. The attendance was very numerous ; and many applications for tickets were rejected. No doubt the unusual demand was occasioned by the present seneeleis snaggy, as it was thought that probably some important steps might be taken by so influential a meeting of clergy and laymen. Of course, the Protestant howl was alluded to in many of the speeches ; but no further steps were taken. The tone of all the speakers was very mild, but decided—that no law should be infringed, but that they would allow no despotic party, however strong, to tamper with their rights. The Right Rev. Dr. Hughes, Archbishop of New York, was present. His Grace had arrived early the same morning, by the Baltic, from America ; he is en route for the Eternal City. The chair was taken, at dinner, by G. Lynch, Esq. ; and the vice by T., B. As-pinall, Esq.
A mission was opened, on Sunday last, by theeFathers of Charity, in the Seel-street Church. Airearlyere the usual fruitsbecoming apparent—repentance, reconciliation with the Church, and conversions. The Fathers preach-ing the mission are the Revs. Father Rinolfi and Father Lockhart.
An interesting lecture on Modern Rome was delivered in the Catholic Middle School, on Monday, December 2, by Mr. W. A. Grant, B.A. These lectures are ,intended principally for the pupils of the Middle School and their friends y but others also are admitted. On Monday even-ing the audience was numerous.
The Editor of The Lamp is announced to give three lectures this week, on the subject of cheap literature—the first, on Wednesday evening, in Blackstock-street School; the second, on Thursday, at Copperas Hill School ; an4 the third: on Friday, in the Schools at Holy Crow rary exelteMent is over, be absolutely ashamed of their present conduct, and will be astonished how they could think of ever proposing any steps which tended to abridge the liberty of any portion of their countrymen, and violate that freedom in religion which is their boast. Phis present insane excitement partakes of the nature of persecution. It is the same spirit which established those penal laws which, during three centuries, were enforced against our fathers—the spirit which 1 thought was for ever subdued. But fear not, my brethren, our Church, which has stood the storm of these three centuries of bloody persecution, can look calmly on, and smile at the squall which now spends its impotent fury upon her. The Ministry, the Government, cannot go bark upon the track of persecution ; if they make but one step in that direction, they will be condemned by every liberal man, and England will be looked upon with contempt by the rest of the nations of the world. The Archbishop con-cluded his address by exhorting his audience to bear with patience the insults that were being cast upon them, and to have charity for those who, through ignorance, thus acted with regard to them—to love their holy religion the more, and the illustrious Prelates that presided over it, and to pray more earnestly for their beloved yet erring country." The church was crowded, and the preacher was listened to with marked attention.—Morning Chronicle.
TRACTS ON THE "ROMAN CATHOLIC QUESTION."—To the Editor of the Tablet.—$r—Allow me to caution your reeler& and all good Catholics, against encouraging Gil-bert's series of cheap pamphlets on the "Roman Catholic Question." , Advantage is being taken of the interest ex-cited by this "question" to disseminate irreligious and infidel principles in this cheap form, under cover of re-printing and making accessible to all classes the various publications of importance issuing from the press on this vehemently debated subject. The series promised at the outset to be an innocent and useful one ; but No.pv. contains an original article, written expressly for the set, and executed with undeniable power. It is pro- , fine and blasphemous in the extreme. The publisheris even had the impudence to send a circular to the , ?catholic Clergy, siped "private and confidential," with Aljeope of inducing them to lend their support to this nelpyinmpled literary speculation, and thus to endeavour , to maintain their politicalposition at the price of the .0atholie Faith, and, indeed, of everything like religious helief altogether.—D. ,P.S.—Since the above was written,- :et leiter has appeared in, the Guardian, charging] the *.loinanista" with being parties to a fraud, on the strength of the circular mentioned above, in which itis-userted that the series is intended to. " subserve the Ca-tholic cause," but that to make it" attractive" to Proteste ants other matter must occasionally be inserted. No. 4 is especially recommended to the Catholic Clergy as pe-culiarly calculated to meet their views, land answer the purpose of the series ! A prettypiece of impudence I NEED or Hoeses or REFTJGE.—" Warwiclastreet--Dear Sir—My attention has been for a. long time directed to the gainful want of any House of Refuge, where Polar girls of respectable character may find a safe shelter and religious home, amid the fearful temptations to which their poverty and unprotectedness, in this metropolis, ex, pose them. I could tell you of many cases which have come under toy own observation, in which young women have been obliged to sleep, for several successive nights under the railway arches, frost and hunger-bitten--cling-ing, as it were, convulsively to the innocence they had hitherto maintained, and surrendering it, at last, only, when the struggle became intolerable. I have knewn these same poor creatures afterwards among the moat degraded and desperate of their kind. How many, of them might not have been rescued by the kindly interpo- sition of Christian benevolence many, beneath thereof of some House of Mercy, might not have been encoifiresed to perseverance in virtue, and not, as now, have been cast away as the dregs and refuse of seciety We have a noble institution for the recovery of those who have fallen, in the Convent of the Good Shepherd, at Hammersmith ,• and may God bless and prosper-more and more the heroic self-devotion of those hole Religious in the execution of their sublime mission. But surely, Sir, it is a grievous mistake, and fruitful in evil conse-quences, to direct all our efforts to the restoration of the penitent, whilst we abandon the helpless innocent to chance, in such a city especially as this. It is a wise and salutary maxim, that prevention is better than cure.' And the necessity of the case is made much stronger and more apparent by the peculiar circumstances of the day. Would you believe it, Sir, that one of the results of the frantic No Popery agitation has been, that many a faith-ful Catholic servant, who hag discharged her duties toiler employers with unimpeachable fidelity for years, has been discharged, and thrown upon the world, tor no other reason than that she was a Roman Catholic ? Oh, Sir, that some one would arouse the Catholic body to a sense of the duties they owe to these poor ones of Christ ! Better this than anger and impatience against bur de-tractors, and vain recriminations and defianee. Why is not now &strong united effort made to compensate these poor servants, and others in a like situation, either by the formation of a fund out of which something might -be regularly paid them, till they find fresh places, 'or (which, in my opinion, would be a far better plan, as being of a more permanent and religious character) by contributions to enable the Sisters of Mercy to complete the House of Refuge in Blandford-squale, which they will, as I understand, be otherwise obliged to abandon for ,yrant of means If any one of influence should be dis-posed to take this suggestion up, I shall be happy to send him my subscription of 20V—I am, dear Sir, yours, very truly,—R. G. XACIMULLEN.—December 3, 1850."
L..VI principles. (Hear?) Let than have more faith in God and less fear of man, and their alarms will vanish. Let them rely on the majesty and might of truth, and seek and ask no ooigue of vantage in the pnitective mea-sures of mere earthly, authority. (Cheers) As to the pettiness and pettishness of calling on tha, Sovereign to refuse to recognise the new Ecclesiastical dignitaries, mi-serable, indeed, is the policy, and sin affront to the Sovereign the request Mr. Neweox, a highly respectable hotestaet esingeon, follewed on the same side, after which • 4RRIN addressed the meeting uttgreselength,
•withhis usual ability and fearlessneag. ;°XI. said that whilst he would be the most loyal of the Queen's subjects in admitting her civil supremacy, he Would be proud to rebel against her Ecclesiastical dominion. He was proud to utter this sentiment as a Catholic, rude* say that the Catholics had been consistent from the beginning, and Were noted for committing' itleasoa—the holiourable, noble, and glorious treason of not (Allowing any crowned ,head in the world to be the head of the Church. (" Hear, hear," and applause.) It was for this treason that Sir Thomas More went to the scaffold—for this treason Bishop Fisher died on the scaffold, and he (Mr. Larkin) was praud in the year 1850, 300 years after, to profess the same noble disloyalty. (Hear.) He, therefore, made a distinction, because he was not loyal under all circum-stances. He was fully loyal in every civil and religious matter ; but in this question of theology and religion he bowed neither to Queen nor Parliament. Parliament might pass what laws they pleased, but there was one point of view in which he thought the arrangements of the Catholic Hierarchy ought to be looked upon with respect by the people of England, and that was, that it was the most noble, the most audacious, and the most daring of Churches. And he liked it all the better for its insolence and audacity.
It was not to be expected Mr. Larkin's carrying the at-tack into the enemy's camp would be patiently endured ; hence, throughout his address, he was bitterly assailed by a, portion of the meeting? The chairman declared the anti-Catholic resolutions to be carried, but in the opinion of many gentlemen the majority was on the other vote. At all events, the Catholics were delighted with their demonstration ; and in various parts of the town, when meeting each other during the evening, they were seen heartily shaking each other by the hand, and wishing the Anglicans and bigots another such victory for their final discomfiture.
The report of the meeting in the local pepbr can give but a very imperfect idea of the proceedingee With every possible wish to speak mildly of such reports, it is import. sible not to perceive thatrevery anti-Catholic cry is re-gistered and magnified ; every point which tells against. the persecuted creed is carefully noted ; whilst, on the other side, the exclamations and indications of feeling, are set down as the cries of an Irish mob, and passed over, in contemptuous silence, Mr. Larkin's speech, in spite of the partial report of the press, did tell on the meeting. He infused into his fellow-Catholics his own sentiments of defiance and scorn for the threats of the enemies of the • Church.
Next to the Newcastle meeting in interest is one that was held at Hexham during the last week, which is deserving of record for the exhibition of manly feeling displayed on the occasion by the scion of an old worthy Northumbrian family, Mr. James Kit-sop, of the Spital, near Hexham, a very active magistrate of who, in no very measured terms, gave fame; "Rowland for Ins Oliver." Both at the meeting a in* public handbill he gave p...Apression to his feelings in re-ference to the Premier's insulting address, as a gentle.. man who loves and honoree Holy Church as his beloved Hither " fair and witheifNerrinkle," might be expected to do. Not content with defending himself, he fired a good discharge of hard shot into the enemy's camp, and assured his neighbours that the Bishop of Hexham would never send the sheriff's officer to drag the ho hold furniture of any of them into the public sir et, there sell it for the purpose of repairing the Cali* -Chapel of Hexham—an outrage which had been repeaty inflicted-on some of their friends and neighbours who had anima to pay Church rates.
At St. Cuthbert's, Tynemouth, on Sunday laiskiiieltev. Richard Gillow read to the congregation the /inditel,Ite-port of the Society of St. Vincent of Pant;' e= 'which it appeared the good work of the Brothers dinfig this year had consisted in visiting the wretched ; granting, in par-ticular cases, aids of money ; reclaiming to their duty the cold and apathetic ; superintending SundaySchools, where upwards of 200 children were taught prayers and the ru-diments of religion. Besides clothes and other assistance, the Society had expended about 141. during the year, in re-lieving the poorest of the poor. In conclusion, Mr. Gillow commended the Society to the confidence of the congrega-tion,and entreated that the Brothers of St. Vincent de Paul should be enabled, by more extensive pecuniary support, to carry on their good work still more actively during the next year. Mr. Gillow also took occasion to express the thanks of the congregation to Miss Errington and the other ladies who had aided the Brothers in the manage-ment of the Sunday School during the, year. , As might have been anticipated from ourformer notice ,of the removal of the Rev. Mr. Sheridan froth the mis-sion at Birtley to Liverpool, his flock were anxious to give expression to their gratitude to their late beloved Pastor in some way or other, and it was determined to present to that gentleman a superb writing desk and fur-nishings, selected from the stock of a jeweller in New-castle, which has been presented to Mr. Sheridan as a memorial of the affectionate intercourse between him and that congregation, for which he laboured so long and so assiduously.
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A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE POPE, ADDRESSED PARTICULARLY TO PROTESTANT DISSENTERS.
(From the Wakefield Examiner.)
Fellow-Dissenters—We may be naturally expected to take a more dispassionate view of the Papal Bull, and its importance or insignificance, than Churchmen easily Can.
Yet our strong detestation of all spiritual assump-tion, and our remembrance of the horrors of an Estab-lished Papacy in former days (while we perhaps forget the alternating horrors of Established Pretacy in days just be-fore and after), may possibly tempt co• frighten some of us into joining the present " No Popery" cry, hich avowedly means, in the minds of many, the Repeal, at least, of the Catholic Relief Bill of 1829. " We must retrace our steps," is their motto. Let Dissenters take care, then, how they identify themselves with any such cry. They are the na-tural guardians of religious liberty.
goal some-tshops he* r cr. ekhtniebngdom contempti blat_ in'the depth Or Cann itself, and a ()Rivers, when quoted by the member for Wakefield:at the public meet-ing on Wednesday, merely excited the merriment of the audience. Indignation wou'd have been wasted upon such drivelling. And surely the proper treatment of such pre• tensions is contempt. The churchman may well repose upon a reliance which, the Pope's Bull cannot possibly allkct : his Church is established by law. But the Pope's Roll is not Rug ish law. The self-sty.en Roman Bishop of Beverley will not be enthroned in the ancient at inste , nor touch its revenues. Beverley will not become forthwith a city, as Ripon did when Act of Parliament had made it a Bishopric. The Romish Diocese of Beverley will levy no Church rites; nor its Ecclesiastical Courts inflict penance upon any of us. A Parliamentary Church alone can do these things. It is not Popery, but the establishment of Popery by Act of Parliament inpossession of the powers now possessed by the Church of England, that is to be de-precated. Does any Englisnman really expect this to hap-pen? This depends not upoa thePepe, but upon the Eng-lish Parliament and people.
But ,Churchmen are sensitive to the slur cast upon them by the Papal Bull. The existence of the Church of Eng-land is ignored by the Pope; or its members are called heretics and schismatics; all baptised persons are claimed by the Pepe as children of his Church.. It is an insult not to be put up with! Aleanwhile,the Ctoirchnian forgets that his own Church by law established regards all Dissenting sects in exactly the same light; and this net merely in empty words, but often in actions. She "ignores their ex-istence" in tbe Matter of Church-rates; and she makes them feel that they are heretics and schismatics; whenever she chomics, In regard to: marriage, and. burials.
seaters indeed grow callous to words that are no more than words, and they are used to ~regard the Canon Law as so much brute thunder; much more may they, and Church-men, too, regard the Papal Bull in the same light. And it wilt be well if these big words of lusult,'huried upon us from Rome, should lead .Ecoleshistics of 'tee Established Church to cast the mote—if it be only a mote =out of their own eye.
What then have Dissenters to &Jill-his question, but to look calmly on and prevent the return of a persecuting No-Popery zeal? No civil right is touched, nor can be touched, by the Papal 'power ; nor can any spiritual au-thority be exerted in this country, except with individual consent. And in this respect things are just as they were a month ago, when the Romish Church in this country was goveroedby Vicars Apostolical. We t'rotestants did not regard those functionaries as really Vicars Apostoli-cal, though the Pope called them so. Nor did we consider oursels es as a Heathen country, though the Romish Church establishes its Vicariate Apostolical especially tor the be nefit of such benighted lands, in pa? tthus i ufidelium No more were our So, ereigns, from Mary's reign downwards, really Kings of France, because they were called so on their own coins, till Bonaparte, when first Consul, remon-strated.
If this " aggressive act" of the Pope'a should, indeed, prove to be in any way contrary to English law (which is gene. rally understood not to be the case), of course it will be dealt with according to the law, as Lord John Russell has promised. But that statesman has given no hint of any disposition to introduce any new law on the ci,casion. And it behoves every friend of rel gious liberty, and every Pro-testant Dissenter especillly, to look with extremest jea-lousy upon any attempt to re-impose any religious disabili ties whatever, The Wakefield address h nts at parliamen-tary aid being required, and the member for Wakefield ex-pressed his readiness to support Lord John Russell in any bill he may brit g in on the subject. What kind of bill, now, shall we imagine?
" Be it enacted that Nicholas Wiseman shall not be Archbishop of Westminster." Will this meet the case? Why, he is not now Archbishop of Westminster in the eye of the English civil of ,Eceleadistleal law,, though he calls himself so. It eis s err-sued-in the county court, it would be as " Nicholas' Wiseman;'' or at most it would only be " alias the Archbishop of Weltutiuster.” or " called the Archbishop of Westminstsr,' .ball 14 be quieted t— ‘..17•2 • .1.—..—e Abermarlais, Llangadock, tended the coming public meeting.
My dear Sir—You will be rejoiced to hear that ourgood made by the proper authorities to secure a peaceful meet-Bishop has, at length, opened a mission at Carmarthen. ing, and that the attendance of myself and people, in Thanks, many thanks, to the good people who have come defence of our religious opinions, should be known, I forward to our assistance. May our Heavenly Father re- wrote Mr. William Jackson the note which I believe has ward them ! I wish to letthem know, through the Tablet, already appeared.
the happy result of their charity ; and to appeal to other I now come to,the day of the intended meeting. Dur-good Catholics for a trifle, inthe way of annual subscription ing the morning, numbers of men had collected in the or donation, towards the maintenance of the Priest. I open space before the Town-hall, for the purpose of , have written to a great number of Catholics ; but how attending the meeting. They were orderly, sober, and many good, charitable Catholics there must be, whose ad- had not—I was most credibly informed—one single stick dresses I have no means of getting. I hope some of them or weapon amongst them. They were permitted to re-will see this, and send me something. I have taken ad- main there from soon after ten o'clock to half-past eleven dreams whenever I could find them, from the Times, or without any notice or interference. In fact, no man had any other papers. You may conclude that I have, in con- a right to interfere with them m long as they conducted sequence, mademany mistakes, and have, unintentionally, themselves in a proper and peaceable manner, and were written to a number of Protestants. quietly awaiting the opening of the doors of the place of.
I have very good news to tell you. Ground has been meeting. I may state in this place, that so orderly was purchased in Carmarthen for a Church. A gentleman has their conduct, that a gentleman remarked to Mr. promised 7001. This sum is to be expended on the nave M'Ilargh, the Superintendent of the Birkenhead Police, alone. The aisles will be added at a future period—to that he would not require a single policeman—to which which, also, this charitable, good Catholic will contribute remark he assented, adding, it is best, however, to be largely—if he does not build the , whole himself. I must prepared.
, ask you; and all that will read these lines, to pray to God, About half-past eleven, whilst the parties were in this through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, peaceable manner awaiting the opening of the doors, a to whom our success must be'attributed. Mr. Hanson party of police (I am informed, principally Liverpool),, has been instructed to commence to build the Church as whose services had been secured, issued out of a side doer soon as possible. Money must be found to pay for the of the building (the police-station), commenced in the ground, which costs 1201."But I must cease talking about first instance pushing the men from the ground and doors, Carmarthen, and let the Rev. 'Mr. Lewis fight his own which up to this period they bad been allowed to occupy.
battle. The peessare from behind prevented the front men giving 1 have my own little Church to build, about three way as quickly as required by the police, whereupon the miles from Abermarlais. I hope to be able to set about police forthwith attacked them with their sticks, brutally it next Spring. Lady Lusty Foley has promised me as beat and wounded them, and drove theta up several of much timber as will be wanted.; the farmers about (who the neighbouring streets. This transaction is confirmed are Protestants) promised to cart the materials ; and I by the several reports of this part of the proceedings have received some donations towards the building. I which have appeared in the newspapers; and, in confir-hope I shall receive sufficient from the charitable. There motion, I cannot find that a single policeman received are, I am sure, many who would like to join in the good the slightest injury in the encounter.
work. Now, it is most important to note that at this time no I have a little tale of shocking bigotry and unchari- breach of the peace, no disturbance of any sort, had taken tableness to tell you. A poor woman, a convert to our Place to justify this attack ; nor, during its continuance, holy religion, whose child was buried in Llangadock does it appear that a single weapon was den in the hands : Churchyard, came to ask me if I thought she might have of the persons attacked.
a Cross put on the tomb-stone. Knowing what bigotry The result of this most injudicious and unjustifiable there is about here, I advised her to ask the Rector's per- conduct was soon apparent. The men separated to their mission. He told her then that she might do so. This several homes, to arm themselves in self-defence In a happened before the present outcry against us. This same short time they again assembled more numerous than Parson took it into his head, the other day, to send for before, but still continued orderly.
the stone-cutter who was employed by the poor woman, The Catholic gentlemen who intended to appear at the and ordered him to break the Cross off ; and added, if meeting assembled at Mr. Bretberton's office, at twelde he would not do so, he would do it himself, and would o'clock. At half-past twelve they proceeded-to the Town prevent him from getting any work from his parishioners. Hall, and then inquired of the police where they should The stone-cutter refused, and said he would consult me. stand to await the opening of the door, and, most extra-A message was sent by him to the Rector, to tell him to ordinary, were directed to remain on the ground from beware—that if he broke the Cross off he would be coin- whence they had just before driven their poorer and palled to replace it. The Cross stands as yet ; but the mom defenceless fellow-men. At this time I was poor man has lost his work ! The tomb-stone was so informed that several parties in the crowd were seen with much liked, that others, Protestants, had ordered similar sticks. I immediately addressed the people, imploring ones. Bigotry has robbed him of his employment. Ile them to lay aside all feelings of anger, and to deliver ep is not a Catholic. I cannot express the abhorrence I any weapons theypo , . This they, immediatelyjd personsI to carry them to the duct on the part of one who professes to he a preacher of ohapel-yard, there be detained until the meting was Christ crucified, and a teacher of charity. How can these over persons love Christ, when they show such' hatred for the I en, 'wit Cross. the emblem of Salvation l I wonder what will en the To It is not Unnatural that Chum what annoyed at these mimic just proclaimed by the Papal at torch la it, " to rule over" the lordly) are truly arrogant; the ti.ight of pomposity it s net he ludicrous. The magniloquence of the foolish bluster of the Theist and 't ing alarming paragraph :—" Since the excitement which Whilst myself and Mr. Bretherton were engaged with has existed in the country respecting the recerataggroa- sive movement on the part of the Pope of Beete, some the magistrates, and occupying, with Mr. John Jackson, in that room the most exposed situation, a fresh encounter curiosity has been excited at the large *variation, took place outside between the people and the pollee.
during the last six months, of Popish symbobrais d em- The police were instantly beaten in, and the place lista South- blems from France into Southampton, by he th- which they retreated, and the room which we werathenin, Western Company's steamers, Qu Tuesday last aportion attacked, but never the Town-hall, where the meeting of the cargo of the steamer Wonder, which arrived at was to be held, and where the people believed those 'at- Southampton from Havre, consisted of large eases of tending the meeting were. In the course of this encounter Romish books, silver crosses, ebony crucifixes, materials the window of the room in which the magistrates were for Priests' vestments, religions medals, altar candle was broken by missiles, used by the people against the cases, carved and gilded images of Christ, pocket sacra- police.
mental utensils, &c. Tens of thousands of these books As soon as the crash of glass was heard, the magistrates, and symbols have been imported into this country by the except Mr. John Jackson, made a precipitate retreat into South-Western Company's steamers during the last few the place of meeting, where their persons were perfectly months. In one cargo, a short time since, there were e.
eight cases, containing upwards of 4,000 books. The ""'`` Showers of missiles continued to come ,tbstusgh the crosses, crucifixes, sacramental utensils, and images, ares window. Mr. John Jackson, who semained with i us in of very superior Parisian workmanship. Some of the, the front room, and showed the utmost courage through materials for Priestly vestments are very splendid. The out the transaction, said to me, "For God's sake go out, altar candle cases are formed of a composition to imitate for no one but you can save the people's lives." I then wax. They are hollow, and contain a metal case with a sprang up on the desk, and showed myself in the frame spiral spring. Into this latter case the real candle is of the shattered window, held up my hand, and instantly placed, by which the burning lights on the Roman Ca the missiles ceased ; this result proving incontestably: that tholic altars roust always appear of an imposing Aheight."
the people were not aware that the gentlenien'were in CATHOLIO PROGRESS AT EDINBURGH:t Greenside, that room. where the Roman Catholics have a Convent and Bishop's The people outside rushed forward and assisted us to residence, a Cathedral and College for parties of the same open the window frame. I got out, and went immediately persuasion (!) are to be built, the former from a design by on to the wall to address the people. Mr. Brethtrton fol-Mr. Pugin, the latter from a design by Mr. Gillespie lowed, and hearing a disturbanoe behind, I turned round Graham. The Cathedral, we are informed, is to be 850 and found he had a man in custody, whom he took in the feet long, and to have a spire 880 feet high. The two face of the crowd to the police-office door, and knocked , buildings are to be connected. The funds required for for admission. It was not opened, and the people rushed the erection are said to be 400,0001., more than half of upon Mr. Bretherton, and rescued the prisoner. , which has already been obtained through large donations lequeats.—The.Bui/sier. , By my interference, Mr. Bretherton was saved from ill-andtreatment ; and I believe he was the only man, excepting — the police, who was struck by the people throughout the day.
And here,I must correct an error made, I think, in all the papers—namely, that Mr. Bretherton and other gen- ma item. ma. BROWNS ON .THE RIOT AT BIRKENHEAD. tlemen came eta of the room. No One, either magistrate,
• rothe Editors of the Liverpool Mercury. gentleman, or police, except Mr.- Bretherton, and myself, Gentlemen—The somewhat incorrect and greatly ex- ever came out of the building to face the people, or at-rated statements of the disturbance which took tempt to quell the disturbance, nor did they leave the place on the day on which the public meeting was to be building until the disturbance was over, and the meeting held in Birkenhead, in self-defence require that I should adjourned.
lay before the public a correct version of what then tran- I called on all Catholics and friends of order to follow spired. me. Mr. Bretherton went into the meeting. I took them A rumour had been for some time past prevalent that to the chapel 'yard, and then sent them to their homes, a public meeting was intended to be held in Birkenhead and there was no further disturbance throughout the day ; to discuss the question now so generally agitated. On nor do I know of a single cash of drunkenness or arrest to Saturday last placards were issued, announcing that the preseut moment.
certain magistrates, in compliance with a requisition It has been stated that the men, in going with me to calling, upon them to summon a "public meeting" of the chapel yard, shouted, yelled, and held policemen's the inhabitants, had appointed the following Wednesday, hate on sticks in triumph. I never heard such shouts, at the Town Hall, Birkenhead, to hold a meeting of fr Aver saw such exhibition, otherwise I should have n the ratepayers of Birkenhead and its vicinity, to discuss ediately interfered.
the question of the "Encroachment of the Church of V- Rome." L On my return I found, in my absence, the magistrates Aware of the great interest taken in this question by , although the disturbance had entirely ceased, had taken upon themselves to adjourn the meeting because of this the-humbler classes, and, in fact, by all members of my collision between the police and the people ; but during congregation, and I, as an inhabitant, intending to be the whole time not one single attendant at the meeting present, I took. the opportunity, at the several Sunday (except Mr. Bretherton) had been struck, insulted, or in services, in the strongest language I could command, to any way molested ; neither was there a single party cry, . e*hert ail that -did attend to be peaceable, to abstain nor a word to insult the feelings of any one nor was 1 from insulting anyone, and, to bear, patiently any insult aware of a single case of disorder having occuered to this - thennielves rather than retaliate.