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ject of that desperate faction to de- such combinations were by no means
press and dispirit the loyal, and to useless. How much more must it be
sustain and encourage the disloyal por- necessary now, when, humanly speak-
tion of the people. The church is to ing, it is their only resource against
be plundered and abandoned, and the impending evils “ until this tyranny
best friends of British connection are be overpast!"
to be systematically insulted and re And "this tyranny will be over-

viled. It may be pleaded, that Eng. past.”. England is every hour awaking i land, as she is at present governed, from her democratic delusion. A dav ents cannot help this. Her wretched minise does not pass over our heads without ad** ters are at the mercy of a popish fac- ding to the number of those good men a textion who must be propitiated, and they and true, who deplore the sufferings of,

possess not the power, even if they and are uniting to make common cause 2: had the inclination, to obtain better with their brethren in Ireland. Remem

terms for the loyal Protestants of Ire- ber Derry. Let the suffering Irish Pro

land. But only so much the more, testant hold in mind that memorable at therefore, does it behove those loyal siege, when its noble inhabitants

Protestants, to endeavour to secure or stalked gaunt and fleshless skeletons Bibe to obtain for themselves what cannot or through their beleagured town, and

will not be obtained for them by the go when their cry was still “no surrender." on vernment of the country.By a firm,peace. We are not as yet reduced to those

y able, determined resistance to the despe- straits ; and the same help in time of lirea rate courses at present pursued, much need which rescued them, may, in our

may be done to delay, if not to avert, extremity, be extended to us, if we be the destruction which must otherwise are animated by their brave example. Lesz inevitably attend them. And how can This is the glooiny hour of Ireland.

this be better accomplished, than by The powers of darkness have obtained means of the compact and energetic a terrible ascendancy. But if we trust organization of the Orange Institution. not in God, in such emergencies, where It is not for brave men to strike their is our faith? And if we persevere not in colours at the first appearance of for- in a righteous resistance to oppression midable danger. It is not for Chris- and wickedness, will we not be re

tian men to despair of the ultimate garded as self-abandoned? But that de 1 stability of a gospel church, which, by may not be. Our cause is a holy

a very little adaptation to the circum- cause, and we cannot desert it or destances of the age, may be made the spair of it, without a degree of impiety greatest blessing to the country. The that would justify the heaviest visitasentiment should ever be in their hearts, tion. Besides, England has heard our God is in the midst of her, therefore cry, and will help us. That noble shall she not be removed ; God shall people are discovering how grossly belp her, and that right early.” They they have been abused. The murder should, therefore, persevere in the of our clergy, the expatriation of our noble and the holy determination of Protestant yeomen, the attack upon leaving nothing undone on their part our church, the insolent domination of which

may serve to expose and to de- the Roman Catholic priests, the confeat the crafts and assaults of the fiscation of ecclesiastical revenues, the enemy. And the very embarassments whole course of legislation respecting of the goverment by whom they ought us which has been pursued in the imto be protected, should only inspire perial parliament, the exposures which them with a more earnest desire to have taken place, at Exeter Hall and labour for the maintenance and the elsewhere, of the infamous and unpreservation of all that is valuable to charitable dogmas taught in “ Dens' them as men and as Christians. While Theology" -all these things must have the British ministry sympathised with produced a conviction of the oppresthem, and could, at any moment, assist sion under which we labour, and the them, it might not have been so indis- ruthless tyranny to which we are in pensable to enter into combinations danger of being exposed, and it only for the security of their religion, their requires that that conviction should be properties

, and their lives; and yet somewhat more extensive, in order to the reader has seen that even then,

our salvation. Vol. VI.

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Let us, therefore, in God's name, not Nor is it too late to give them be wanting to ourselves. The times, that sound information by which the I know, are trying. Faithful men are worst evils that threaten us may yet be put to a severe test. Even their averted. But not a moment is to be notions of loyalty are against them, in lost. Let the statesman whose high a crisis like the present, rendering it behest it is to consult for their moral difficult for them to recognize in the and political welfare recollect that he King's ministers the enemies of his has not to deal with a French pokingdom. I do not say that these pulace, or a Belgic populace. Let him ministers are knowingly such enemies. recollect that he has not to deal with But surely their measures are in direct a people to whom liberty is a novelty, hostility to what men in their position and of whom it might be said that should look upon as good and right, "the stranger had got into their heads." and must tend to the overthrow of the The British nation were cradled in monarchy, if they be not strenuously free institutions, and they have been resisted. Resist them, therefore, we a gospel-hearing and a Bible-reading must, or perish. When I say resist, people for three hundred years. There I mean, of course, constitutional re is, therefore, a solid ground for political sistance. We must meet them at the faith in such a people, that is not to registries and on the hustings. Above be found elsewhere, and the statesman all, we must meet them by an able who wants it at the present day cannot and energetic press. That great regu. preside with advantage over the destilator of public opinion has been too nies of England. Let him only duly long, by the conservative party, most and diligently seek, and he will surely unwisely neglected. To do justice to find, that there is no lack of that the enemies of our institution, they “righteousness that exalteth a nation," have not neglected it. It has been, in even though there should be no small their hands, as a lever for the over- abundance of that “ sin that is a rethrow of the church and the monarchy. proach to any people.” And under a By its means they have already meta wise and righteous administration of morphosed the constitution. But that the powers of government he will have which has been thus rendered powerful the satisfaction of seeing that the one for evil may, in good hands, be made will increase, while the other will depowerful for good; and if the Con- crease, until knowledge and piety will servatives are true to themselves, be more than a match for the infidelity they may employ it upon a vantage- and the reckless ignorance that have ground that would soon give them an hitherto pioneered the progress of pounbounded control over the great majo- pular ambition. rity of the constituencies of the empire. But I must not suffer myself to be

This I say, from my deeply-seated drawn from my purpose by any general conviction of the moral worth and the dissertation on the state of affairs. My political honesty of the people of Eng- purpose was and is the defence of the land. In their very worst and weakest Orangemen of Ireland. The reader acts they clearly exhibited good inten- has seen what may be said on their tions. They were misinformed, they behalf, and it is for him to judge whewere deluded, they were led astray, ther or not it ought to be considered during the reform mania; and for this sufficient to refute the allegations I will not say that the vile radical against them. Indeed I could wish to press were one whit more responsible refer those who desire fuller informathan that great party by whom it was tion than I have given them to the so long suffered to work its' wicked parliamentary report of the select cumwill, without any effective counterac- mittee appointed to inquire into the tion. But so it was; the people were origin, the character, and the effects never more convinced of being right of the Orange Association in Ireland. than when they were most grossly That committee was moved for by one · wrong; and they laboured with all the of the bitterest enemies of the instizeal of patriots for objects which, if tution; and having consumed nearly they had been more correctly informed the whole session in a close and scrutias to their nature and tendency, they nizing investigation, they have been would, as patriots, have abjured. unable to fasten any other imputation

on the system than that lodges have put to shame the ignorance of foolish been held in marching regiments; but men.”

MONTANUS. they were utterly unable to discover a single fact to prove that by their ex

County Down, Sept. 10th, 1835. istence military discipline was injured. I should have said that the special com

The Orangemen will not do them- mittee appointed to inquire into the naselves justice unless selections from ture and effects of the Orange Institution the evidence taken before that com terminated their labours rather abruptly. mittee be collected and published, for When it commenced its sittings, the the information of the public at large. accusers of the Orangemen were not They should be particularly careful prepared to go on with their case, and to extract and to disseminate the ad- before any attempt was inade to inculmissions and the contradictions of their pate them by any serious charge, their enemies.

advocates were called upon to prove I now take leave of the subject. that they were blameless. This was What an old man, who may be said to sufficiently preposterous. Well, accorhave been one of those who “ rocked dingly, the witnesses on their behalf the cradle" of the Institution, could do were summoned, and before one-half for it, I have done. I trust it will of them were examined, certainly benot be my fate to “follow its hearse." fore the Orangemen had an opportuBut I write under a pressure of events nity of putting forward one-half of their which bear heavily on the fortunes of case, the committee change their minds, Protestant Ireland. The session has dismiss the witnesses, and enter upon pearly closed, and the arch agitator the adverse case-upon an express unis still enthroned in absolute supremacy derstanding, however, that the gentleover a government which, as Sir Robert men then dismissed would be recalled, Peel has well said, has accepted of and that an ample opportunity would office upon the condition of giving him be afforded of rebutting the charges power. The Orangemen are already and the allegations of their enemies. denounced and proscribed. To be Your readers will be surprised to hear an Orangeman is to incur disqualifica- that not one of these gentlemen w were tion for civil or military employinent. recalled, and that the whole time of Where will this end!

the committee during the remainder of

the session was occupied in hearing Oh! what a world is this, when what is comely the statements of their adversaries. Eorenoms him that bears it!

In the course of the Rev. Mortimer But my brave and loyal brethren will, O'Sullivan's examination some strong I trust, bear up, and maintain a good points were made against the church heart, under these insulting and inju- of Rome. It did not appear, to those rious persecutions. Let them be as who heard them, altogether so incom. sured that any violence into which parable and so immaculate as Mr. they might be betrayed will only, in O'Connell usually represents it. It a tenfold degree, strengthen the hands did not, indeed, appear wholly free of their enemies. Their reliance must from imputations of intolerance and perbe on their good canse, their tran- fidy, by which Mr. O'Connell's choler quil demeanour, and the awakening was greatly moved, iusomuch that the good sense of the people of England. honourable and learned gentleman ofLet nothing be left undone to put that fered himself as a witness, to be expeople in possession of their whole amined by his own committee, for the case, and to remove the prejudices which purpose of disproving the Rev. Gen. they have been taught to entertain tleman's statements. However, in proagainst them, and I venture to pro- portion as he deployed his facts, Mr. phesy that the day of their triumph is O'Connell eschewed the task of refu. not very distant. 'Falsehood must soon tation, and was understood to have vanish before correct information, and intimated to the chairman of the comloyalty will not always be held in dim mittee that he had no desire to be eclipse by convicted treason, and all examined. But towards the close of loyal Orangemen will have the satis- the proceedings he changed his mind, faction of finding that “ by a patient and he did appear as a witness, and perseverance in well-doing they will he was suffered to put in one or two

documents, by which, as he conceived, applied to the statements of the Orange a strong impression must be made, witnesses with the easiness with which without any sufficient pains having been those of the opposite party were adtaken to test their authenticity. This mitted. Let any iinpartial man, or strange proceeding has given rise to indeed, any man of any party, read a letter from the Rev. Mortimer it, and then say whether he would O'Sullivan, which puts the whole case like to have the same justice done in a clear light, and which must produce to him which was received from the a powerful effect, contrasting as it does abovenamed committee by the Orange | the rigidness of the scrutiny which was men of Ireland.-M.

We had intended to have transferred to our pages the admirable letter of Mr. O'Sullivan to which our correspondent alludes—not so much in the expectation that it might in this shape meet the eye of any one who has not already read it, as from a wish to give it greater permanence than belongs to the fleeting columns of a newspaper. We regret, however, that want of space prevents as from carrying our intention into effect.

Our valued correspondent has now concluded his series of letters, and we feel persuaded that it is needless for us to express our adiniration of the ability and temper with which he has supported the cause of his brethren. It is with unaffected sincerity that we say, that we feel proud that our pages have been the mediuin of giving to the public so eloquent and powerful a defence of the principles of Orangeism. At the same time, we are sure that our friend will excuse us if we feel it necessary to repeat our declaration, that for the opinions he has expressed we are not responsible. There are many points upon which we disagree with him. We have a much greater jealousy of extra-constitutional associations than “ Montanus” entertains- we believe that nothing but imperious necessity can justify their existence; and we cannot agree with “Montanus" that this necessity is an inevitable result of the democratic element of our constitution. We think, too, that our correspondent has not given sufficient credit to the labours of the Brunswick Clubs and the Conservative Society--the latter especially performed services to the cause of Protestantism that no Protestant ever should forget. Upon these and some other points we would wish that Montanus had expressed himself differently; but we would have been unpardonable had we permitted these differences to be the cause of our withholding these excellent letters from the public.

We trust that the suggestion with regard to publishing extracts from the evidence taken before the committee will not be lost sight of. We are happy to avail ourselves of this opportunity of recording our admiration of the evidence given by the officers of the Institution, who, under the most harassing crossexamiuation, conducted themselves with the most perfect prudence and good temper. The evidence given by Mr. Baker and by Mr. Blacker, the Deputy Treasurer and Secretary of tbe Institution, is peculiarly valuable, and reflects equal credit upon the talents and discretion of these gentlemen.

Our correspondent has not alluded to the atrocious plot discovered by Mr. O'Connell and Mr. Hume, having for its object the altering of the succession to the crown—to ensure which all Orangemen were, so long as such an oath was legal, sworn to maintain that succession!!

We cannot conclude these few remarks without noticing the affair between the Corporation of Cork and the Privy Council. Some ragamuffins of Cork called themselves the citizens of Cork, and presented a petition against the newly-appointed Mayor, on the ground of his being an Orangeman. For the present Lord Mulgrave and his Council have withheld their approval of the election. As the matter is still pending, we will not usurp the judicial functions of the Privy Council by commenting on it. We can scarcely, however, anticipate a decision by which the Council will institute themselves into a Star Chamber, to make that a crime which the law does not, and punish a British subject for belonging to a legal society, which has only been denounced by Mr. O'Connell. If they do, farewell to British liberty-unless Britons be prepared at all extremities to preserve it.

A. P. September 21st.

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TERENCE RYLEY'S ADVENTURES.

Communicated by Mrs. S. C. Hall. I need hardly offer an apology for “ editing," or rather reading and transcribing, without correcting, poor Terence's adventures. As he wrote them to “bis dear ould mother at Bannow," so are they presented to the Editor of the Dublin University Magazine.

A. M. H. London, August the 29th. the Benny bridge, that I did that same, MY DEAR AND BLESSED MOTHER- though). But you are an Irishman ?" This goes hoping it will find you in she says again.

Thauk God for his better health (to say nothing of the goodness, I am," said I ; for I never spirits) than it leaves me in at present; let on to the English I'm ashamed of for what with the hot weather and the my country. Then,” says she, “ don't travelling and the bother, I haven't a think to make a fool of me; for every leg, left nor right, to stand on. I wish Irishman is born a Paddy! Boru a I was back with you and the girls in Paddy,” she says again, “the saine as Bannow; and if once I get there a cow is born a cow, and a pig a pig!" catch me out of it again—that's all! And from that day to this, sorra a Oh! they're an unbelieving set, them name she has on me but Paddy, and English; and betwixt you and me I can't find it in my heart to quarrel though I'd be sorry to have it made with her, on account of the blue eyes. public-not over and above mannerly. “ And if Ba-no,” (that's the

way

she Would you believe it that I saw a calls it, “if Ba-no is so pretty," says spalpeen take the inside of—who do she, “why did you leave it?” “Because, you think? Counsellor Dan himself! miss," I makes answer, “ I was rather and I may walk ten mile of ground soft, and I took a fancy to the master, without anyone saying, “God save you on account of the fancy he took to me, kindly," or “ I'm proud to see you, and not quite liking to go to service in Mister Ryley." Think of that! And as my own place, on account of my father to the unbelief: the've no belief in them being a decent tradesman of a tailor." at all, good or bad. I got a little comfort That's Irish pride!” says she, her able one night--(the master has grand blue eyes laughing like fairy-candles in lodgings in a beautiful house, where her head. No, miss,” says I, “it's the outside step of the door is washed only dacency.“Decency,” she says, every morning, and a white brick “has nothing to do with it. My father rubbed on it for cleanliness)--one night has a shop in the Strand; but he has I was in the kitchen, and convarsing ten daughters, and though we might about home and the like—its mighty all live at home, we would think it quare, so it is, how people's hearts turn

mean to be dependant while we could home, wherever their bodies are-and our living by our own hands. I said quite quiet, how the roses and My sisters have all trades; but I like woodbine and things that way covered service better." Oh, mother, think of over the cottages in Bannow; and how the five Miss Kavanaghs, in their black the landlords lived on the soil and by beavers and Tuscany bonnets, turning the soil; and how there were no locks out from their father's bit of a shop on the doors, and nothing but quiet- on the hill

, to earn their bread; and ness and civility one to another, and yet Lucy's father's shop is grander the clergyman and priest mighty gra- ilan e'era shop in Dublin. “I think," cious together; and I was growing she says, saucy enough, “that in Irequite comfortable thinking of my home, land, instead of each person trying to when a slip of a girl (a mighty nate make a little property for themselves, pretty creature, that, if people went by they all go on living on what their the dress, would be called a born lady parents have got; taking away from with us) turns up her nose, and says, the capital, and adding nothing to it; (oh, mother, if you could but hear their just, l'addy, as you eat up all your tongue!) “ Mister Paddy,” says she- potatoes on Saturday night, without “My name's Terence, if you please, remembering that you could not buy miss," says I, smiling up in her blue any on Sunday." I don't know how eyes, (don't tell Kathleen Carey, by it is, but the more saucy that girl is,

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