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nothing to know. It is a positive act of assent or conviction given to what in the particular case is an untruth. It is the assent and the false certitude which are the cause of the tranquillity of mind.

The conclusion of this striking book is a chapter on Revealed Religion. It treats the question in a way at once simple and thorough. If we should feel it necessary to recur to The Grammar of Assent this chapter alone would furnish materials

for an article.

The book itself will make its mark upon the intellect of the time. It is at once in advance of and behind the age. Clear, precise, incisive, accurate, it will cut through the webs of sophistry in which Pseudo-Hegelianism, and the Positivism of J. S. Mill have involved thinking young men. At the same time its tone is redolent of Oxford as it was thirty years ago, and not as it is now. Aristotelian metaphysical terms are dwelt upon with something of loving reminiscence, and Butler's Analogy is referred to with the deference due to a master and friend. So logical, so profound, as he is, we do

not wonder that J. H. Newman is not at home with the Infallibilists and Ultramontanes of his communion. He is not of them or for them: even less is he of them or for them than he was of or for the Evangelicals of 1840. The new sect which the Church of Rome is going to become will have no time and no occasion for either intellect or logic; they will feel them to be their enemies, as thoroughly as they now feel history to be their enemy. It is with as much of affection as of pride that we recognise in Dr. Newman, as he comes before us in this volume, a child not of Rome, but of England,

the Body of Christ?" he writes an essay which has neither beginning, middle, nor end, and is as intrinsically pointless as Thoughts on it is laboriously dull. In article xi. the “ stuff and rude material here heaped together, will not be Celibacy," are very crude thoughts indeed. The kind of raw highly valued by any ordinarily well-informed reader. For ourselves we certainly prefer the clerical morality of England to that of Italy, Brazil or Spain. Mr. J. W. Lea's criticism with shrewd sharpness: but the reviewer does not seem to on Mr. Colin Lindsay's "Evidence for the Papacy" is written see that secession to Rome follows naturally from the absurd and novel political theories enunciated by the founder and directors of the E.C.U. If we are not to have a confederation of strong National Churches in equal union with Rome, we shall obtain, as an unacceptable alternative, a batch of insignificant sects dominated over by the Roman Curia. A disestablished Church that pretends to be Catholic will never stand isolated for any length of time, but will be And when it has submitted in things spiritual, things temporal, by compelled to submit to Rome on Rome's own terms. State enactment, will soon drop from its side. If men would only look to Scotland and America, they would not be so easily hoodwinked by the shallow emissaries of Disestablishment. That the Review in which this mischievous paper appears, should have perpetrated so complete a political summersault as we have witnessed is to be regretted. It is now as politically sectarian as the Church Review, Guardian or Church Times. The number for May concludes with

and that we say on closing it-"After all that is come and "Fragmenta Varia" and "Literary Notices." The first are

gone, he is more ours than theirs."

Literary Notices.

Each fresh issue of the Union Review indicates very plainly that it has lost its old speciality. Now its conductors discourse on every subject under the sun except Corporate Reunion; while in lieu of writers of the Greek and Roman Churches combining with Anglican authors to promote this great work, we get only dull and dreary dissertations on the great advantage of the disestablishment of the Church of England. In the number for May, Articles xii., xiii. and xiv. are all of this character. "We shall surely find,"-writes a gentleman glowing with gratitude for the work of the High Church Radicals," after the first throes of this separation are past, that, from the seed thereof sown in troublous times, a plenteous harvest is forthcoming: and that we have exchanged the servitude of a political institution for the joyful ministry of a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but holy and without blemish." This said essayist, who writes in the first person, and gives us an article very like a penny religious tract, with texts of Scripture at the top, and a charming conversation about someone who is called "Our Jim, Sir," is amazingly selfopinionated and astonishingly shallow. "I mentally prepared myself.” “I simply thirsted for the fray," "Vividly did paint," "Repeatedly did I impress," "I very earnestly took up, &c.," are the kind of egotistical exhibitions that are abundantly found throughout it. At p. 257 the writer's metaphors are more than queer. He first speaks of "Our Anglican mother," and, on the following page, of "Our Roman mother"-both being spiritual mothers as he somewhat eccentrically implies. Surely one must be either our grandmother or our aunt. The article appears to be addressed to those who approve of Sir John Coleridge's proposed "reforms "-i.e., to the High Church Radicals, by a High Church Radical. But the author is quite at sea and in a dense mist. He neither knows what he wants nor whither he is going; and, therefore, when he proposes to himself the absurd and ridiculous question—so absurd that its transparent clap-trap is seen through at a glance," Is the Establishment

stale and unoriginal; mere cuttings from recent newspapers: the second if not vulgar, are nearly approaching it. The vile pun at the bottom of p. 248 is worthy of the Church Times, and the short notice of Dr. Pusey's masterly third part of the Eirenicon, altogether unworthy of any Church-ofEngland serial.

The A. B. C. Church and Chapel Directory, and May Meeting Hand-Book for 1870 (London: Robert Banks, 30, Ludgatehill). This little book will be of no use to Churchmen, except for the list of the May meetings. Chapel here predominates over Church. No information whatever is given Churches, but only an alphabetical list of Clergymen's names as to the Services, either week day or Sunday, in the London and addresses, which is just what a visitor to London does not want in such a guide book, as any directory will supply it. There is plenty of information about various sects and their meeting-houses, no less than seventeen finding a place here. To make the work complete several Protestant denominations should be added, such as the Unitarians, New Jerusalem Church (Swedenborgians), Irvingites, and Latter Day Saints or Mormons. It would then become an excellent manual for

any visitor to London curious in the matter of heresy, or anxious to hear divers and strange doctrines. Like a little medical book once extensively advertised, it will teach "what to eat, drink, and-what to avoid ;" but there is more about the last than the first.

Days at Leighscombe: A Tale for Children (Hayes, London.) The beauties of We gladly recommend this nice little book. nature are charmingly described in a way that children thoroughly appreciate, and the story, though a very simple one, teaches them the important lesson "that all other joys give way to the one joy of doing loving kindnesses," which they cannot learn too soon.

We can again cordially commend The Banner (J. Hodges, London and Frome), and advise all those who want a magazine to localise to try it. Covers adapted for use in that way are to be had cheap, and the price of the magazine to those

who use it thus is only five shillings per hundred. It is far the best thing of the kind, and in the next number an interesting tale by Mr. Baring Gould will be commenced; no one would for a moment think of reading the old-fashioned Parish Magazine after this had come in their way.

My Sunday Friend (Griffith and Farran) well sustains its high character, and delights every child who has the good fortune to meet with it. We are pleased to hear that the circulation is very large, as at the price a very large sale is necessary to avert heavy loss.

Those who lament the want of Church periodicals should be grateful to Messrs. Brace Brace and Co. for resuscitating The British Churchman, which only needs support by Catholics to render it a useful little magazine for general circulation.


(The Editor is not responsible for the opinions of his Correspondents.)

SIR,-Will you allow me to draw attention to the following figures which I have taken from the Report for 1869, of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign parts. They reveal a state of things, of which I fancy the majority of the subscribers are utterly ignorant. The total income under all heads amounts to £106,434 12s. 8d., and shows an increase over 1868 of £3300. But under "General Fund, Subscriptions, Donations, and Collections," which is the back-bone of the Society, there is a decrease of £3,590! And, not only so, but in spite of this falling off of public support, the enormous sum of £11,437 was expended on account of Salaries, Office Expenses, Printing, &c. That is to say that a little more than one-fifth of the money collected last year on behalf of Foreign Missions has been swallowed up in England! There is only one effectual remedy that I can see to put an end to this misappropriation, and that is for all who at present subscribe to the "General Fund," to lose no time in transferring their subscriptions to one of the "Special Funds" which I read "are transmitted direct to the persons named by the donors." Yours faithfully, May 6, 1870.


THE BISHOPRIC OF MADAGASCAR. SIR,-Churchmen may well ask for an explanation of the objection on the part of Bishops Jackson and Ryan to the appointment of Mr. Willis to the Bishopric of Madagascar. But as a former parishioner of Mr. Willis I can't help feeling somewhat rejoiced at the interference; his loss would be keenly felt by the few Catholics in New Brompton. I say few, because taking the population into consideration their number is small; but it is on the increase, slowly and surely the great work of the Church is going on there. When Mr. Willis came to New Brompton the Service was held in a small and incommodious room. By his exertions, and a recourse to his ever-ready purse, the erection of a large schoolhouse soon followed, part of which was used as a temporary Church. A handsome permanent Church was consecrated some five years ago. Daily Service was then commenced, and has been continued ever since; early celebrations, hearty and frequent choral (Gregorian) Services and sound teaching is the order of the day. The parish, too, is thoroughly "worked" by Mr. Willis and his Curate. The Living is, I believe, in the gift of the Vicar of Gillingham. If St. Mark's, New Brompton, loses its present Vicar, the black gown, a mixed choir, and evening communion will be what the parishioners may expect. Yours truly.

N. B.

SIR-My attention having been called to an article on the Madagascar Bishopric in the CHURCH HERALD for April 27th, I trust you will permit me to correct the supposition on which it is based, that my appointment to the See of Madagascar was overruled by the Bishop of London. The truth is, I was never appointed at all. The appointment rests with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishops of London and Winchester, and Bishop Ryan. Why the appointment should be in the hands of these four, apart from the rest of the Bench, I am unable to say. No one, I think, will dispute the fitness of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Bishops of London and Winchester to have a voice in the appointments of a Missionary Bishop. But on what grounds the same right should be conceded to Bishop Ryan is a mystery. With this I am not at present concerned, but with the fact that the appointment of a Bishop for Madagascar rests with these four.

After the December meeting of the S.P.G. to which you allude, my name was admitted by the Standing Committee to the Bishops for approval. Early in January I received a letter from one of the Prelates in question, asking me if I would undertake the post. Being aware of the intention of the S.P.G. to recommend me, I regarded the letter as an official offer, and spoke of it as such. It was not till my name had been

in all the papers as Bishop-Designate of Madagascar, that I discovered that this letter was only intended as a feeler to ascertain whether I should be ready to undertake a missionary post, the letter having been written before the recommendation of the S.P.G. had reached the Bishops, and the writer not being aware of the course that the Committee was taking.

It was through this unfortunate mistake of mine (for which I do not

hold myself responsible) that the outcry of the L.M.S. was raised before the Bishops met to consider the recommendation of S.P.G. At that meeting it was decided that I was not the man for the post. I received after the meeting a most kind and considerate letter from the Bishop of London, stating the reasons for their decision. As those reasons appear valid and sufficient to those with whom the responsibility of the appointment rests, there is more cause of thankfulness than complaint that a man has not been sent on that most arduous mission of whom fears were entertained that he would add to the humiliation in which the missions of our Church are at present lying.


may justly complain of a journal which, obtaining from some private Having no ground of complaint against the Bishop of London, I think source a very partial and fragmentary knowledge of his letter to myself, publishes one of the fragments it is able to glean, and makes it the ground for an attack on that Prelate. I think that, at the least, an apology is due to the Bishop of London for pouring out your indignation upon him, as if he had put a spoke in the wheel of another's chariot, when all the while a large measure of the responsibility of starting the chariot lies upon his shoulders.


I am, Sir, yours faithfully, New Brompton, Kent, May 9, 1870. [Just as we were going to press, the above letter reached us, to which until next week.-ED. C. H.] we gladly give publicity. Comment upon it must necessarily be deferred

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To the Right Honourable the President of the Committee of Her Majesty's Privy Council on Education.

We, the undersigned Clergy and Laity of the Church of England, Managers of, and Subscribers to National Schools in the Archdeaconry of Monmouth, and Diocese of Llandaff, hereby declare :

1. That we have hitherto supported such schools because religion was a part of the regular instruction in them.

2. That in our opinion, the mere reading of the Bible is no adequate instruction in religion.

3. That our present liberty of religious teaching has never been used, to the best of our knowledge and belief, to the injury of the consciences of the parents of children attending our respective schools. the opportunity, or the means of teaching religion, at our discretion, to 4. That in the event of this liberty of conscience being curtailed in children belonging to the Church of England, we shall have grave objection to continuing our present support of the schools in which we are severally interested.


SIR,-Will you kindly permit me to acknowledge with thanks the following donations to the above? Rev. Prebendary Morrice, £5; Rev. E. P. Williams, £1; Rev. W. H. M., 10s.; Sister Edith, S.S.J., 2s.; Miss Gibbins, 10s.; Mrs. P., 10s.; J. P. T., 2s. 6d.; H. G., 7s. 6d.; and parcels of Clothing, &c., from Sister Ursula, S.S.J., Sister Edith, S.S.J., Miss Nichols, Miss Wells, and Mrs J. H. Jones. HUGH R. GOUGH, Hon. Sec.

I am, &c.,


The Rev. Henry Brougham Bousfield, to the Vicarage of Andover.
The Rev. E. V. Hall, to the Vicarage of St. Mary's, Spring-grove, Hounslow.
The Rev. William Hornby, to the Archdeaconry of Lancaster.
The Rev. Henry Newton, to the Vicarage of Naburn.
The Right Rev. V. W. Ryan, to the Vicarage of Bradford.
The Rev. J. Thorold, to the Vicarage of Cranwell, Lincoln.
The Rev. Henry Wace, to be Lecturer of Grosvenor Chapel, South Audley-street.

A general digest of endowed charities for the county of Lancaster has been issued. One Smarley has set aside the interest on 607. in dock bonds to provide Bibles and Prayer Books for the poor of West Derby. In the same township one Woods has left a rent-charge of 17s. 4d. per annum to be devoted for ever to the purchase of bread for the poor. An unknown philanthropist has left a rent-charge of 3s. 4d. per annum to be expended in bread for the poor of Childwall; and a Mr. Halsall has apportioned a rent-change of 20s. a year to the purchase of books of "arithmetic, &c.," for the boys of Hale.

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In the Grenville Library at the British Museum is preserved a small puritanical book published in 1581, from which valuable testimony, that of a hostile witness, may be gathered as to the use of the English Church in the middle of Elizabeth's reign, when the work of the Reformation, for good and evil, may be considered as complete. It is entitled "A pleasant Dialogue betweene a Souldier of Berwicke, and an English Chaplaine, wherein are largely handled and laide open such reasons as are brought in for maintenaunce of Popishe Traditions in our English Church." This is followed by, "An hundred points of Poperie yet remayning, which deforme the Englishe Reformation."

Among these "points," which include the existence of every sort of ecclesiastical person, from an Archbishop to an organ-blower, are mentioned :

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In the House of Commons on Monday, in reply to Mr. Bowring, Mr. Gladstone said the Ritual Report to had been most favourably received. It was the intention of the Government to introduce a Bill forthwith which he doubted not would remove the stagnation in the trades employed in the production of Prayer Books.

The death of George Horatio Cholmondeley, second Marquis, is announced. He died at noon on Sunday at Cholmondeley, Cheshire, after a long illness.

Good Friday is fixed upon as the day for taking the census next year! The Post announces that a marriage is arranged between the Earl of Derby and Mary, Marchioness of Salisbury. The Marchioness, who was the second wife of the late Marquis, is a sister of the Earl of Delawarr, and was born in 1824.

The latest particulars of the progress of discovery in Jerusalem, undertaken by authority of the Palestine Exploration Society, will be published at the close of the summer of this year, by Mr. Bentley.

We have reason to believe that the first subscription list for "Lothair" amounted to over 3,000 copies.

Mr. Bradshaw, librarian, has presented, without restriction, to Cambridge, some 5,000 books, pamphlets, and other pieces, relating to Ireland, collected by his father and by himself.

The Earl of Derby has intimated that he will give a site for the proposed new Stanley Hospital at Liverpool, and that he will lay the foundation stone early next month.

It is stated that the Right. Hon. W. E. Forster, Vice-President of the Board of Education, is unbaptized.

Fresh disturbances are reported in Italy. On Friday some bands, numbering about 300 persons, dressed in red uniforms, made their appearance in the province of Catanzaro. Their object, it is believed, is to attempt a Republican movement. The Official Gazette of Saturday confirms the news relative to the appearance of bands of insurgents in the province of Catanzaro, Southern Italy, and announces that they were formed at Maida. The movement is at present confined to Filadelfia, in the territory of Nicastro.

The result of the plébiscitum will be formally communicated to the Corps Législatif on Saturday next, and the Corps Législatif will communicate it to the Emperor. At two o'clock the Deputies in full dress will meet at the Corps Législatif, and, amid the roar of the cannon from the Invalides, the result of the scrutiny will be proclaimed. The Deputies will take their places in the State coaches, and, with the President and Vice-President at their head, will drive to the Tuileries, escorted by the mounted guard of Paris. In the Throne Room of the Palace the Emperor, surrounded by his Ministers and the great officers of his household, will receive the Deputies, and the President in the name of the nation, will announce "la décision adoptée par la France." The Emperor will make a short speech, and conclude by charging his Ministry to carry to the Senate the "expression of the nation's will." This the Ministers in their official robes will proceed to do, riding to the Palace of the Luxembourg with the same state as the Deputies arrived. The President of the Senate will receive the procès-verbal from the hands of M. Ollivier and will register it in the archives, where it may be referred to in case of future need. It is eighteen years since a similar ceremony was witnessed in France.

Births, Marriages, and Deaths.


April 11, at Skipton, Yorkshire, aged 39, the Rev. E. B. Biddick, lately Principal of the Carmarthen and South Wales Training College.

April 23, at Alconbury Vicarage, Hunts, the Rev. Jenkin Hughes, aged 70. April 29, at the Rectory, Blyborough, Lincolnshire, the Rev. William PaleyGraham, aged 53.

April 29, at Little Abington, Cambridgeshire, the Rev. Charles Townley, aged 75. April 30, at Hinderclay Rectory, aged 33, the Rev. Octavius Wilkinson, Curate of that parish.

April 30, at Newtown, Montgomeryshire, Rev. C. F. Parker, Rector of Ringshall, Suffolk, in his 83rd year.

April 30, at Oakfield House, Accrington, the Rev. A. Russell, many years Rector of St. George and St. Botolph, Eastcheap, London.

May 2, the Rev. C. A. L'Osta, Rector of St. Mary-at-the-Walls, Colchester, aged 80 years.

May 2, at Filey, the Rev. William Green, Vicar of Muston.

May 2, at Wootton, Kent, the Rev. Arthur Bennett Mesham, Rector of Wootton, and Rural Dean, in his 69th year.

We hear the Church Association has taken counsel's opinion as to the legality of the Archbishop of York's conduct in allowing the Archbishop of Syros to take part in the Minster Service. Of course the counsels “prima facie” opinion was that it was not legal. We are curious to see what steps the Association will take in the matter.

THE EDITOR is anxious to find a PLACE for an ORPHAN BOY,

Tin his twelfth year, who can read and write well, is docile and trus worthy, has been in choir and used to serve at Mass. Apyly by

lette at the Office, 198, High Holborn, W.C.

The Church Herald.

LONDON, MAY 11, 1870.

The Week.

UNDER ordinary circumstances the Consecration o f Bishops is not a rite of much significance; not so the Ordination of last Sunday. The three Priests then consecrated may fairly be taken as types of the conservatism, the expansiveness, and the Missionary zeal of the English Church. Dr. Durnford, of Chichester, is a man Public School and University bred, the companion there of many who have since become famous (including the Prime Minister himself), a scholar, and in a good sense, a man of the world and a polished gentleman; with influence, too, sufficient to obtain a valuable and important benefice at an early age, with an Archdeaconry and Canonry to follow. He is an excellent specimen of a Bishop of the best type of the old school. The next is a Clergyman with no such educational advantages or influential connections. The new ruler of St. Asaph's See is totally unknown in the world of letters or theology. His advancement is due to an earnest desire to benefit the Church of Christ in Wales, by promoting one known there as an excellent Parish Priest, a proficient in the native tongue, and with much influence over his countrymen. Very different is the position of the third of the newly-made Bishops. In point of age he might be the son of the first; no higher rank had yet fallen to his lot than to be a Parochial Curate. To his brethren a Bishopric means dignified position and enrichment; to him it is self-denial and poverty. The two receive a Palace, a Peerage, and a seat in the House of Lords; the one will have his lodging in a waggon or a hut, will rule only as the Spiritual Father of his converts, and sit only in the Council of some savage chieftain that he may sway it towards justice and humanity. God speed them all in the differing stations to which He has severally called them!

the Liberation Society. This mischievous aggregation of all sorts of "religionists" is gathering boldness from the events of last Session, and preparing to make a vigorous raid upon the Church of England, and, for consistency's sake, upon the Kirk of Scotland also. Their stock fallacy is that Church endowments are national property, and may be disposed of anyhow by an Act of Parliament, whilst Anabaptist or Socinian endowments are private property, and must be held sacred by the law. Many thoughtless Protestants help on the success of this fallacy by speaking and writing of the Church, as if it were the creation of Henry VIII., a product of the Reformation. Of course, if it were the fact that Parliament conferred its privileges and possessions upon the Church, it might be argued that Parliament could take them back again. So it has been said and done in many of the Colonies-notably in Jamaica and the Bahamas, where the Clergy will no longer be paid by the State as formerly. It suits the purpose of the Liberationists to confuse widely different things under the common name of "disestablishment." In the Dioceses of Jamaica, Nassau, and we may now add Tasmania also, the Clergy will cease to be members of the Civil Service, paid, and of course in some measure controlled, by the Government-a position felt to be objectionable by many true friends to Church and State. However harshly and unjustly the Church may have been treated by this sudden withdrawal of support, long given and relied upon, it is an act totally different in kind from the seizure of property belonging to her, and diverting it to sectarian or political purposes, which was the peculiar iniquity of the Irish Disestablishment Bill. The Liberationists, too, have plenty of money wherewith to propagate their delusive figments. Six thousand pounds were spent last year in offensive proceedings, and more will be forthcoming now. Will the English Church Union bestir itself and buckle on its armour, or is the question too political, smacking too much of Liberalism, for it to take part in the contest? Or will that slumberous body, the Church Institution, awake to spasmodic activity once more, and apply itself to the defence of the Church in Wales, which our enemies tell us plainly will be the first part to be attacked.

In another column will be found a report of the meeting of

The efforts made by the Irish laity to obtain for themselves a place and power in Church assemblies unknown to dence in its favour, are being imitated in Scotland. The chathe Catholic Church, and without a shadow of historical evi

The Ritual Commissioners' Revision of the Lectionary has been so long in our hands, that we feel a difficulty in sympa-racter of the laity there has long been notoriously purse-proud and thizing with the complaint of Archdeacon Denison and his friends as to its acceptance by Convocation being decided on without due deliberation. They seem to us to have made their position simply ridiculous by denying, as they do in their gravamen, the right of the Church to change the Table of Lessons. We are glad to find that, whatever dangers may be thought to lurk in the new Table of Lessons, a large majority advocated the revision of our present translation of the Bible-a work which, as we have from time to time endeavoured to show, calls for immediate attention.

We are not surprised that the Bishop of Gloucester declined to identify himself with the Ritualist petition, which he presented to the Upper House. How men who believe that the Church has laws, and that her Clergy are bound to obey them, can prate in the silly manner the petitioners did about desiring liberty to break the law, because other people (who have no respect for the Church) do so, we cannot understand. Had they, owing to the imperfect constitution of the Ecclesiastical Courts, and the want of any real exposition of the Church's laws, prayed the Bishops to move for a reform, and, in the meantime, to use their powers to prevent party suits being carried on, their petition would have been intelligible, and might probably have gained Episcopal sympathy.

domineering. They have done the best they could to turn Christ's ambassadors into their own hired servants, who should simply Priests who, in the midst of deep poverty, have preserved and preach to them smooth things. Thank God there are Scotch handed down sound principles and true Catholic lore. These weaker and vacillating brethren the fatal results which must are now engaged in the Diocesan Synods in urging upon their follow from admitting the laity to decide doctrinal matters. Recently we noticed the able Charge of the Bishop of Brechin on this subject, and to-day we have to report the meeting of the Synod of Aberdeen, where the matter was fully discussed. At the commencement, the Bishop most ably explained the whole question in a manner deserving the cordial thanks of all who desire to preserve the integrity of the Church system. Nothing could be plainer or more straightforward than his speech; the way in which, while speaking with love and tenderness to those laymen whom he had to oppose, he espoused the unpopular side, deserves high praise. Compromise, alas, eventually gained the day; and though the direct negative to the admission of the laity was moved and seconded in very able and learned speeches by two Priests highly esteemed in the Diocese, an amendment in favour of admitting the laity to attend, though withont voting, was eventually adopted.


With a female Sovereign on the Throne, it is difficult to | he strove to open his mouth. This, however, had to be done for him by the bring forward weighty arguments against the advocates of woman's suffrage; and yet it is wholly inconsistent with the true position of woman, and we cannot think that, if granted, it could in any degree benefit the State. It would probably cause much more general annoyance, too, than gratification to the weaker sex, for they would be subject to the nuisance, which at present they escape, of being continually bored by twaddling crude politicians, and, having the right to vote, would lose the defence they now enjoy. Woman has a work of her own appointed by God, and in the performance of it is her glory; but now-a-days those who desire to divide Church and State seek in every way to go counter to the teaching of revelation, and thus bring women out of their true position, which is so frequently and plainly stated by S. Paul. It is but one of the many symptoms which show how near our country is to being given up by God to the scourge of revolution and anarchy, as a punishment for our perpetual insults to Him, robbing His Church and poor, and legalising incest and divorce.

CONFESSIONAL BOXES.-We are glad to see that the principle advocated in a recent article in our columns on the Sacrament of Penance, and which was commented on adversely by a correspondent, is supported by our contemporary the Echo. We take the following from that paper of Monday:

"The same feeling which leads Irishmen to prefer a real Fenian to a sham one, induces us to say that if we are to have the confessional regularly introduced into some English Churches, it would be far better to have the Roman system, pure and simple, than the highly objectionable plan which some Anglican Clergy have adopted of taking confessions at their own houses or in the vestry. Besides that the mechanical arrangements of the Romanists are better adapted to prevent scandal, the Priests are not allowed to hear confessions till they have undergone some years' special training for the purpose. We have too much confidence in the prevalence of Teutonic ideas of religion among us to fear that the system of the confessional will ever again take deep root in England. In the readjustment of Churches, which cannot be far distant, the Ritualist leaders will go to their own place, and take with them the few whom they influence; but, compared with the millions of countrymen, these are and will always be a miserable minority. But public opinion should at least compel these people to abandon a method so objectionable as that now used. If, as one of their number says, the Clergy are engaged whole days and nights in hearing confessions at their own houses, it is but reasonable to observe, as this advocate of confession does, that it is time this great opportunity for scandal should be removed.''

On the festival of SS. Philip and James, in the Parish Church of Widley, Hants, there was a special early celebration of the Holy Eucharist to enable those parishioners who had been confirmed a few days before at Wymering to make their first Communion. We were much pleased to observe that the females wore their white veils. The demeanour of all was most gratifying, and must have been highly satisfactory to him who had bestowed so much pains on their instruction. An incident occurred which is probably unparalleled since the Reformation, viz., the solemn conveyance of the Blessed Sacrament to a dying man. The celebrant having heard of the man's critical state while vesting, sent to to inquire if he was still alive, and being notified during Service that he still retained consciousness, but that the utmost haste was necessary, after the

blessing instead of receiving the Ablutions the Priest (Rev. N. B. Whitby) proceeded direct from the altar in the full Eucharistic vestment and biretta, carrying the Blessed Sacrament covered with the pall and veil of linen and lace, the outer one of silk being over all. Two acolytes preceded him with the Burse, Cruets and Book, and on the procession passing through the kneeling people, a member of the congregation knelt at the gate of God's acre, as the Blessed Sacrament passed, then rose and opened the gates of the fields which the procession had to cross, the wind and rain meanwhile, apparently inspired by the Prince of the Air and Powers of Darkness, vainly striving to arrest the progress of God's messenger. Never shall we forget the scene when the corporal having been unfolded, and the paten and chalice reverently placed by the death bed, the Priest (with the Acolytes kneeling about him) exhibited the Blessed Sacrament to the dying man. The gleam which shot from those glazing orbs, told that he was famishing for the Body of His Lord and Saviour, as did the eagerness with which

Priest; then he seemed for a moment to get fresh life, and, his head
being supported for him, he received the chalice of Viaticum. Then
gave one heavenly smile of satisfaction and sank back to
eternal rest and peace. Ah! could our Protestant friends but have been
present at that death scene, they never again could have doubted of the
reality of their Saviour's presence in His Sacrament. Then the pro-
their first communion) clustering round their Priest and listening
cession returned as it came, the boys (three of whom had that day made
to his teaching on the solemn scene at which they had just assisted, and
the tremendous mystery in which they had that morning been permitted
to share. On arriving at the Church we were gratified to find that the
other boys who had remained behind, waited till their Priest's
return, when he went to the altar and received the Ablutions. The funeral
took place on Friday. As the friends lived at a distance, it was neces-
sarily late in the day, which rendered a Celebration impossible; but
the vestment was arranged on the Epistle corner of the altar in testi-
mony of the Priest's desire to offer the Holy Sacrifice. He (vested in
the very handsome cope of black moire belonging to Wymering), with
the choir, met the corpse at the Churchyard gate, and, preceded by the
jewelled processional cross and smoking censer, entered the Church
singing the opening sentences to the 1st tone (Clementi Smith's setting),
which was also used for the Psalm. After the Lesson Dies Ira was
sung, the Priest and acolytes kneeling before the altar. At the last
verse the Priest rose, and fresh incense having been put into the thurible,
blessed it, and censed the coffin. "Brother, now thy toil is o'er "
was sung
at the grave; and "Love Divine," by the Priest and choir, in returning
to the Church. One of the nursing Sisters from S. Mary's Home placed
a wreath of beautiful flowers on the coffin. R.I.P.


WEDNESDAY, May 11.-London Free and Open Church Association.
Annual Meeting.
THURSDAY, May 12.-Natal Guild. Anniversary Meeting. 6.30 p.m.
7.30 p.m. Exeter Hall.
Vestry, St. Lawrence, Gresham-street.

MONDAY, May 16.-Prayer Book and Homily Society. Annual Meeting.
12 noon. Hanover-square, Lower Room.
MONDAY, May 16.-Palestine Exploration Society. Annual Meeting.

3 p.m. Theatre of the Royal Institution, Albemarle-street. MONDAY, May 16.-Church Penitentiary Association. Executive Committee. 3 p.m. 32, Sackville-street.

TUESDAY, May 17.-National Society. Committee. 23 p.m. Sanctuary,


Home and Foreign Church News.

The Bishop of St. Asaph will hold an Ordination in his Cathedral on Trinity Sunday.

The Bishop of Ripon intends to hold the Visitation of his Diocese in the Autumn.

The Council of the Church Association have unanimously decided to elect Mr. Joseph Hoare, of Child's-hill, Hampstead, their Chairman. has become V.P. of the Freedom of Worship (Anti-Pew) Association. We are requested to announce that the Bishop Designate of Zululand A Conference of the Church Association is being held this (Wednesday) afternoon.

The Bishop of London has been passing a few days at his old Palace at Riseholme, Lincoln, with the view of recruiting his health.

Collections are being made in aid of the memorial fund to the late Bishop of Salisbury, from among those who had been confirmed by his Lordship.

£600 and the land for the building of a new Church in Northam, a Mr. Chamberlayne, of Cranbury Park, near Winchester, has given suburb of Southampton.

The Bishop of Hereford in a capital Charge which he has just delivered to his Clergy, strongly urged the duty of more frequent celebrations of the Holy Communion.

Her Majesty will, during the present week, stand sponsor in person at the Baptism of the Earl of Burford, infant son of the Duke and Duchess of St. Albans.

For the fifth time the offer of the Living of Middleton has been refused-on this occasion by Dr. Monsell, on account of his advanced age and the unsatisfactory state of Mrs. Monsell's health.

The Rev. A. Campbell, Rector of Liverpool for over forty years, is

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