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my blood." At length, a series of ment of Sir Edward Coke (pp. 16–67) sentences against him was crowned respecting the royal supremacy over by a final judgment, which issued in all causes, spiritual and ecclesiastical, his martyrdom. At his execution he as well as civil, within these realms; preserved a tranquil mien. My and the long course of determined refriends,” he said at the gallows, “I sistance to the encroachments and aram not here as a thief or a murderer, rogance of the Pope, which has charbut for the sake of the Gospel.” A acterized the legislative proceedings cross was presented to him to kiss, of this country through a long sucfrom which turning away, he was cession of ages,—and even in what raised at the instant into the air, cry- are commonly called Roman Catholic ing frequently and earnestly, ‘My times: and that of the AttorneyGod, forsake me not, that I may not General for Ireland, (pp. 74–110,) forsake thee.” The hour of agony explaining the causes that moved, and was now over, and the tried spirit of almost enforced the English nation to Anne Du Bourg entered into rest. make the statutes of Præmunire. The
We have glanced rather at the bold and manly manner in which our biographical than at the historical ancestors dealt with, and spoke of the parts of the work. These latter will Pope and Popery, is well worthy of also be found interesting, and will be the consideration and imitation of monew to those whose studies have not dern statesmen. extended to the ecclesiastical history The Appendix contains a number of France in the middle of the six- of important documents, either with teenth century:
special reference to the recent aggresThe concluding passage of the vo- sion, or throwing light upon the prinlume
may be quoted, as agreeing with ciples and proceedings of the RomanColeridge's maxim, that inconsistent ists in reference to it. We would call good is no match for consistent evil: special attention to Appendix (G)
(pp. 144—155); which also has been •• • When, it has been triumphantly published as a separate Tract by the asked, “in the contest between truth and
Protestant Association. error, has the latter ever prevailed ?' We fear it may be answered, in this state of being, “Many times.' Let all, then, who love the truth, contend earnestly for it,
BABYLON, AND THE Banks of the Euwith that justice, charity, and moderation which become the cause; for, to be faith- PHRATEs. pp. 192. Religious Tract ful and stedfast in this contest, is one of Society. the duties which God has committed to man."
This number of the Society's monthly series is devoted to the banks
of a river which, in the interest of its The VATICAN AND ST. JAMES's; OR,
Scripture associations, yields only to
the Jordan. The Euphrates claims ENGLAND INDEPENDENT OF ROME.
connexion with the paradise of unWith Introductory Remarks on Spiri- fallen man. Abraham's native land tual and Temporal Power. By lay upon its eastern border, and the James Lord, of the Inner Temple, shore. By its side rose Babylon,
empire of Solomon extended to its Esq., Barrister-at-Law ; Author of once “the glory of kingdoms,”-now “the Law affecting the Grant to represented by vast heaps of blackMaynooth College," fc. Seeleys. ened bricks, impressive manifestations
of its ancient dignity and size. ExThis work is well worthy of the at- iled Jews wept upon the river's brink. tentive perusal of all those who wish In its vicinity, Daniel witnessed a to understand the real state of the good confession, and his three comlaw in regard to the recent Papal ag- panions underwent their fiery trial. gression. We especially commend to Light, as well as heat, is essential serious consideration, the able state- to the maintenance of personal reli
gion; and in this little volume the Muelheisen's larger Work—"Genuine reader will find a help to the study of and Spurious Religion,” 2 vols. 8vo,some of those parts of the Old Testa- published some months since; an inment which more especially present tention we hope to carry into effect in fields of inquiry to the intellect. our next number.
Popish CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE Cıvıl THE QUEEN,
THE PoPE ?
The AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY OF GREAT Question considered in its Political, Britain: a Sermon preached at the Legal, and Religious Aspects: in a Parish Church, Brewood, by the Letter to SPENCER H. WALPOLE, Rev.John Muelheisen, M. E. L. A., Esq., Q.C., M.P. By SAMUEL WARCurate. Second Edition. pp. 44. REN, Esq., F.R.S., of the Inner J. H. Jackson.
Temple, Barrister-at-Law. William Of the vast mass of sermons and Blackwood & Sons. pamphlets which Dr. Wiseman's newfangled hierarchy has brought into have met with on the subject of the
This is the ablest pamphlet that we being, but few have had the good for
recent “insolent and insidious" tune to have a second birth, in the
agshape of a second edition. Mr. Muel.
gression of the court and see of Rome. heisen of Brewood is amongst these
We commend it to the careful perusal
of all our readers. And we especially fortunate authors, and we have therefore searched into his pages to ascer
wish that all our statesmen, and the
members of both Houses of Parliatain the cause of such a distinction. We find that the publication consists
ment, would diligently study it, and
take heed for the future not to be so of two parts,—the first giving an interesting statement of the author's own
easily beguiled and bamboozled by knowledge of the difference between
the agents and emissaries of Rome,
who evidently endeavour by all means, the Church of Rome and all the Churches of Christendom,
direct and indirect, to creep into our
counsels, and to influence the pro“ This knowledge was acquired, we ceedings of all our public men. presume, while the author was engaged in a missionary capacity in Africa the East; and while he could look with un
A Father's Thoughts on Baptism. mingled pity on the Mahomedan super- By W. H. Madden, M.D. Fcap. stition, and while he received courteous treatinent and the acknowledgment of
pp. 111. J. H. Jackson, christian brotherhood, from the Churches We cannot in the present number of the East, he cannot forget that the do justice to Dr. Madden's excellent Church of Rome is the oply Church he little work on Baptism. Threadbare bas met with on earth, which looks upon
and vexing as is the whole controhim as a heretic, and brands the com
versy to many minds, we nevertheless munity to which he belongs as schisma
feel great satisfaction in perusing the tical." Profuce, p. 12.
deep and earnest convictions of the In the sermon itself, the author mind of “a Layman” who, when indraws a strong but faithful picture of duced, as he says in his preface, “ by Popery in its sinful and aggressive, circumstances of a private nature,' yet falling, character; he paints very to examine the whole subject of Baptruthfully the unfaithful part, which, tism, has given us the fruits of his as a Protestant nation, we have acted meditation in these thoughtful and in favour of Popery; and he strongly,
well written pages. but not too strongly, denounces those Dr. Madden starts with the allministers within our own Church, who important question,—“Does the word have long been attempting to sap and of God tell me that my children are to destroy the distinctive Protestant regenerated in Baptism?” ism of our national Christianity. We We shall hope next month to folhave long intended to notice Mr. low the excellent writer of this trea
tise through his arguments, and we it deserves the attentive perusal of promise to examine most impartially christian parents who may be somethe result at which he arrives. what doubtful on the subject of InMeantime we unhesitatingly say, that fant Baptism.
GROSSEST INSULT TO THE COMMON
Intelligence. ECCLESIASTICAL TITLES ASSUMPTION We have now before us the Bill, Bill.
which is the sum total of the result of After a protracted discussion in the
more than three months of deliberate House of Commons, which gave op- consideration, and this Bill has been portunity to some of the Romanists characterized, most justly, as the and their allies to manifest what spirit they are of, we have at length be
OF ENGLISHMEN fore us the “ Ecclesiastical Titles Assumption Bill,” which was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed We cordially concur in this judgon the 14th inst. The first reading ment--whether we consider the prewas carried by an immense majority, amble, the enactments, or the penalties 395 to 63,- more than six to one. proposed in this Bill. This would look well, if the Bill itself
The preamble says,looked well. But what is it worth? Is this the fruit of all the anti-papal the recited enactment (in the Bill of 1829)
“Whereas it may be doubted whether agitation which has stirred the whole
extends to the assumption of the title of country? In the beginning of No
Archbishop or Bishop of a pretended provember Lord John Russell expressed, vince or diocese, &c.; and whereas it is in pretty strong terms, his indignation expedient to prohibit the assumption of and alarm on considering “the late such titles in respect of any places within aggression of the Pope upon our Pro- the United Kingdom: Be it enacted theretestantism ;" which he justly charac- fore, that titles to pretended sees or dioterized as “insolent and insidious." ceses, &c., in the United Kingdom are not He then observed, most truly and
to be assumed, under a penalty of £100, aptly,
to be recovered as provided by the recited
act :" “ There is an assumption of power in all the documents which have come from That is to say, by information in the Rome,-a pretension to supremacy over name of her Majesty's Attorney-Genethe realm of England, and a claim to sole ral!!! Which leaves the country at and undivided sway, which is inconsistent with the Queen's supremacy, with the
the mercy of the Attorney-General, rights of our bishops and clergy, and with
or the Ministry, for the time being ! the spiritual independence of the nation,
And the fact is, that ever since the as asserted even in Roman Catholic passing of that Bill, every Governtimes.” (Letter to the Bp. of Durham.)
ment which has existed, of whatever
party-name, has neglected its duty, He further pledges himself in that broken faith with the country, violetter,
lated the pledges on the faith of which
that Bill was passed, and treated the “That the present state of the law shall be carefully examined, and the propriety protective provisions of that Bill, just of adopting any proceedings with reference
as if they had been so much waste to the recent assumptions of power delibe- paper, rately considered."
And the present Bill provides very
carefully, that this system of mockery This was understood to be a sort of and delusion shall still continue !!! pledge, that, if legal proceedings were Can we wonder that, when such a deemed unadvisable, then parliamen- Bill was brought in, a well known intary proceedings would be adopted to strument and nominee of the Popish meet the exigency of the case. faction should rise up and leave the
House, - declaring, that such a Bill creatures. The influence of the Rowas not worth opposing? Can we mish priesthood is felt in the Court, help suspecting that, directly or in- and in the Cabinet; and probably directly, Dr. Wiseman himself was there is not a member of the Cabinet consulted in reference to it?
who is not beset with their solicitaAgain, can any scriptural Protest- tions and intrigues. But do they ever ant be at all surprised at what has consult faithful Protestants ? There transpired since the introduction of are excellent Protestant ministers and a Bill which insulted the common laymen, who have made Popery the sense and conscientious convictions of study of their lives,—who know what Protestants, without even conciliating it is, and will honestly state facts, and the Romanists,—which is considered refer to documents and authorities. as an insult by both parties! Lord Do our statesmen ever consult such John Russell was very nearly beaten men? Do they avail themselves of on one question, and beaten two to their wisdom and knowledge? Or do one upon another. All is confusion; they rather take counsel of Popish and he and his colleagues have been priests, who are liars and deceivers compelled to resign. The difficulties by trade ? and who evidently can of constructing a Cabinet are felt on never be trusted, even upon their oaths, all sides. No party is able to govern when the interests of their Church are the country. Lord Stanley cannot concerned,- -as must be clear to every form an administration. Whether one who has ever studied the Digest Lord John Russell can succeed in his of Evidence on the State of Ireland efforts remains to be proved. The by Phelan and O'Sullivan. prospect is not encouraging. Can we We wish we could add some intelliexpect it to be otherwise, when the
gence as to what Evangelical Protestlast thing thought of is (which should ants are doing, or preparing to do, in be first) to take the word of God as reference to this miserable Bill. Are the only rule and standard, and to they awake and alive? or are they say boldly, in dependence on the content to sit still, while the ProtestLord, By this Word we stand or antism of the nation is betrayed,-in fall !
the selfish hope that Lord John RusBut, to return to Lord John Rus- sell will do something for the Evansell: what becomes of his Letter, gelical Party, in opposition to the and of his Speech on introducing Tractarian? Is the cause of Protestthe Bill ? Was all this vox et pre- ant truth, and the safety or welfare of terea nihil ? Can he not be per
our country, to be sacrificed to the suaded to understand, that British interests of a party ? — for it will Protestants want from him deeds not amount to nothing better than this, if words ? Why can he not be persuaded the Evangelical clergy and laity be to cast himself boldly upon the Pro- not true and faithful to their Protesttestant feeling of his country, and to ant principles. If, on the contrary, bring in a Bill which shall indeed take they are now true and faithful, they the Bull by the horns, and make it will prove themselves to be, -as we penal,-punishable with banishment have always maintained that they are, for life,—to introduce any Popish Bull —the only genuine representatives of or instrument whatsoever into any the Confessors, Reformers, and Marpart of her Majesty's dominions, but tyrs, of the Church of England, the such as are permitted by her Majesty's only true Churchmen. Government, and first of all inspected The discussions in the Houses of by competent persons, who are really Parliament have presented some cuacquainted with the true nature and rious revelations of character. Among character of Popery?
others, a Roman Catholic nobleman, We believe that nothing has been Lord Camoys, made a good old Engdone in the way of legislation respect- lish speech on the Address, which we ing the Romanists for many years, read, on the whole, with much satiswithout carefully consulting the Ro- faction. But when we came to that mish Hierarchy, or some of their part in which he boasted of his family having always been, from generation The Tractarian CHURCHES, AND THE to generation, true Roman Catholics,
BISHOP OF LONDON. and faithful to the Church of their
It is with great regret that we are fathers, we could not help wondering still compelled to draw the attention at the very childish way in which an
of our readers to this painful subject. otherwise sensible man can set aside Nothing can be more unsatisfactory the duty which is so plainly enjoined than the position the Bishop of Lonin Scripture, “ Prove all things; hold don occupies in relation to the entire fast that which is good.” (1 Thess. Church. 'He knows that the Church v. 21.) Would it have been any
of England utterly refuses the mumpraise, any matter of boasting, to He- meries of the Tractarian imitation of zekiah or Josiah, that they had con
Romanism; he himself affects to detinued faithful to the idolatry of their
nounce them also; he issues private fathers, Ahaz and Amon, instead of monitions, remarkable only for their forsaking such folly and wickedness, timidity and their pointless, and thereto serve the God of Israel? On the fore ineffectual, animadversions. He principle adopted and gloried in by at length succeeds in procuring the Lord "Camoys, what would his first resignation of one or two Incumbents; ancestor have donc, who renounced but the whole Church is astonished the idolatry of our Heathen ancestors
and scandalized by, we fear, the too to embrace the Catholic Faith? He accurately reported characters of the would have lived and died a Heathen
men he appoints to the vacancies. Idolater! And would this English It really appears as if the outgoing nobleman, in the nineteenth century, Incumbents had made terms with his and with the Bible to refer to if he Lordship, and almost secured the nowill,- would he really maintain, that mination of their successors, before it would then have been his duty to
giving up possession of their benefices. continue a Heathen Idolater, because, Has the Bishop of London no friend forsooth, all his fathers were such be- faithful enough to tell his Lordship fore him? Yet this would be the how completely he loses the confilegitimate carrying out of his own
dence of the clergy and laity of the principle!
metropolitan diocese, by a course of On the contrary, the Scripture says, conduct which we can scarcely call “My dearly beloved, flee from idola- ambiguous; for while in words he try. I speak as to wise men; judge condemns the Bennetts and the Dodsye what I say.” (1 Cor. x. 14, 15.) worths of the Church, it has been his And what have we in those words, Lordship’s constant policy to promote but the duty of private judgment,-a the very men who have been foremost DUTY enjoined on every man by God's in this Romanizing movement; and own word, —laying upon each indi- his Lordship cannot reflect with much vidual a solemn responsibility, from complacency on his appointment of which he cannot escape, to "search
those who have at length been forced the Scriptures” for himself,—to re- to forsake the sham for the reality. ceive the word of God, by whomso- If there be difficulties in the execuever preached, with all readiness of tion of the ecclesiastical law, in dealmind, and to search the Scriptures ing with such cases as St. Andrew's, daily whether these things are Wells-street, and other nurseries of This is true nobility. (Acts xvii
. 11.) Rome, let the Bishop, after due deBut is not he unworthy of the name
liberation, come down and seek from of a reasonable being who prefers the an English Parliament, that assistchildish vanity of seeming to be con- ance which we feel certain would be sistent with himself or his family, to promptly accorded.
What a spectathe manly dignity of being in the cle of indecision, weakness, and of right?
ineffective authority, does the Episcopate now present to Romanists and Dissenters.
LONDON: J. H. JACKSON, ISLINGTON GREEN.