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11, EXETER HALL.

MDCCCXLV.

Vice-Presidents.

HIS GRACE THE DUKE OF NEW

CASTLE. RIGHT HON. THE EARL OF

WINCHILSEA. RIGHT HON. THE EARL OF

BROWNLOW. RIGHT HON. EARL MOUNT

CASHEL. RIGHT HON. VISCOUNT LORTON. RIGHT HON. LORD KENYON RIGHT HON. LORD FARNHAM,

M.P. RIGHT HON. LORD FEVERSHAM. VISCOUNT BERNARD. HON. S. R. MAXWELL. RIGHT HON. SIR GEORGE ROSE,

BART. stR ANDREW AGNEW, BART.

SIR DIGBY, MACKWORTH, BART.
SIR HENRY SMITH, BART., M.P.
W. S. BLACKSTONE, M.P.
HENRY BLANSHARD.
COLONEL BRUEN, M.P.
G. BUCHAN.
THE CHISHOLM.
E. J. COOPER, M.P.
ADMIRAL DUFF.
ALEXANDER GORDON.
J. E. GORDON.
JOHN HARDY, M.P.
DONALD MACLEAN, M.P.
GENERAL MʻINNES.
MAJOR-GENERAL MARSHALL.
J. P. PLUMPTRE, M.P.
HENRY POWNALL.
ALEXANDER PRINGLE, M.P.

PREFACE.

Ar the close of an eventful year we cannot but offer up our congratulations to Him by whom our labours have been in any degree sustained and prospered.

The past year has been characterized by an increased boldness on behalf of those attacking, and increased determination on the part of those who defend our Institutions.

To those who have watched carefully and diligently the signs of the times, matters appear fast hastening to a crisis.

The advocates of truth and those of error seem all to have thrown off the torpor of the last century, and to be burnishing their armour for conflict. They are now marshalling under the banners of different leaders, assuming characteristic marks, and preparing for a struggle.

Rome is gathering fruit from the exertions of her Oxford allies. The seed of Tractarianism has produced a harvest of Popery.

We hear of secession after secession. We are not surprised. We have long expected it.

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