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are thankfully acknowledging the Divine neighbouring North American and West favour which has attended exertions Indian settlements. This, the third ju. which have been unremitting during the bilee, falls in a happier epoch, when lapse of 150 years. We are met at the peace is established in Europe, and resame time to invoke the further continu- ligious fervour is rekindled, and at an ance of that favour, pledging ourselves auspicious moment, when we are celenot to relax in our efforts to extend to brating a festival of the civilization of those of our brethren who are settled in mankind, to which all quarters of the distant lands, building up communities globe have contributed their productions, and states where man's footsteps had first and are sending their people for the to be imprinted on the soil, and wild first time recognizing their advancement nature yet to be conquered to his use, common good-their interests as those blessings of Christianity which identical—their mission on earth the form the foundation of our community
And this civilization rests on and of our state. This society was first Christianity-could only be raised on chartered by that great man, William III., Christianity can only be maintained the greatest Sovereign this country has by Christianity—the blessings of which to boast of, by whose sagacity and energy are now carried by this society to the vast was closed that bloody struggle for civil territories of India and Australasia, which and religious liberty which had so long last are again to be peopled by the Anglobeen convulsing this country, and were
Whilst we have thus to secured to us the inestimable advantages congratulate ourselves upon our state of of our constitution and of our Protestant temporal prosperity-harmony at home faith. Having thus placed the country and peace abroad-we cannot help de. upon a sale basis at home, he could ploring that the Church, whose exertions boldly meet her enemies abroad, and for the progress of Christianity and civicontribute to the foundation of that colo. lization we are to-day acknowledging, nial empire which forms so important a should be afflicted by internal dissensions part of our present greatness; and ho- and attacks from without. I have no nour be to him for his endeavour to fear, however, for her safety and ultimate place this foundation upon the rock of welfare, so long as she holds fast to what the Church. The first jubilee of the so- our ancestors gained for us at the Reforciety fell in times when religious apathy mation-the Gospel, and the unfettered had succeeded to the over-excitement of right of its use. The dissensions and the preceding age. Las morals and a difficulties which we witness in this, as sceptical philosophy began to undermine in every other Church, arise from the the Christian faith, treating with indiffer- natural and necessary conflict of the two ence and even with ridicule the most antagonistic principles which move husacred objects. Still this society per- man society, in Church as well as Statesevered in its labours with unremitting I mean the principles of individual liberty zeal, turning its chief attention to the and of allegiance and submission to the North American continent, where will of the community, exacted by it for young and vigorous society was rapidly its own preservation. These conflicting growing into a people. The second jubi- principles cannot be disregarded—they lee found this country in a most critical must be reconciled. To this country beposition. She had obtained by the peace longs the honour of having succeeded in of Amiens a moment's respite from the this mighty task as far as the State is tremendous contest in which she had been concerned, whilst other nations are still engaged with her continental rival, and wrestling with it.
And I feel persuaded which she had soon to renew in order to that the same earnest zeal and practical maintain her own existence, and to secure wisdom wlich has made her political a permanent peace to Europe. Since constitution an object of admiration to the last jubilee, the American colonies, other nations, will, under God's blessing, which had originally been peopled chiefly
make her Church likewise a model to the by British subjects who had left their world. Let us look upon this assembly homes to escape the yoke of religious as a token of future hope ; and may the intolerance and oppression, had thrown harmony which reigns amongst us at off their allegiance to the mother coun- this moment, and which we owe to havtry in defence of civil rights, the attach- ing met in furtherance of a common ment to which they had carried with them holy object, be, by the Almighty, perfroin the British soil. Yet this society inanently bestowed upon the Church.” was not dismayed, but in a truly Christian spirit continued its labours in the
PROPOSED PROTESTANT ALLIANCE. J. M. Chanter, Ilfracombe; the Rev.
P. 0. Carlyon, St. James's, Exeter; In the present state of religious the Rev. c. c. Bartholomew, St. Damatters, caused by the aggressive vid's, Exeter; the Rev. Dr. Cornish, movements of Rome and the internal
Ottery St. Mary's, Exeter; the Rev. dissensions of our own Churches, our J. Corfe, Dean Rural of Exeter; the readers will hail with great satisfac
Rev. N. Lightfoot, Dean Rural of tion the announcement of a new, and Cadbury; the Rev. C. R. Roper, St. we trust a firmly cemented bond of Olave's, Exeter ; the Rev. H. Sanunion amongst our own and foreign ders, Sowton; the Rev. E. Walkey, communions. What has already Broadclist; the Rev. J. H. Knight, taken place is altogether of a pre- Stokecanon; the Hon. and Rev. H.H. liminary character, and the meeting Courtney, Marnhead; Rev. E. Youle, lately held, at which the Earl of Rev. H. Palk, &c. Of the thirty Shaftesbury presided, is considered deaneries, only two declined sending at present as private and only intro
The clergy comductory. We can just mention that posing the Synod appeared in their most, if not all, our own orthodox
academical robes. bodies, were ably represented, and
The prayers were intoned by the members of foreign Churches were Rev. T. H. Knight; the lessons being not behind hand in expressing their read by the Rev. J. Corfe and the anxiety to form some really holy Rev. J. H. S. Burr. The ante-comleague, whereby the whole Christian
munion service was read by the Rev. Church may more efficiently resist its Chancellor Warrington; the epistoler common enemy. To such an asso- being the Archdeacon of Totness, and ciated band, we do most heartily the gospeller the Archdeacon of Exewish and pray that God may speed ter. The sermon was preached by the its righteous cause.
Rev. Prebendary Hole, Rector of
“Hold fast the form of sound words, The DIOCESAN SYNOD AT Exeter.
which thou hast heard of me, in faith
and love which is in Christ Jesus. On the day appointed by the Lord That good thing which was committed Bishop for the assembly of the repre- unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost sentatives of his clergy in Diocesan which dwelleth in us." Synod, the Cathedral of Exeter was The bishop, the clergy, and others crowded by clergy and laity. The of the congregation, then partook of Deans Rural and the Ruri-decanal the Holy Eucharist together, after delegates took their places at the which a grand procession was formed eastern end of the choir, close to the to the Chapter-house. communion rails. The Lord Bishop On arriving at the Chapter-house, of the diocese, who was attended by the Lord Bishop opened the Synod by his chaplain, occupied the episcopal an address, in which he stated genethrone, and the members of the Chap- rally his reasons for calling his clergy ter present, in full canonicals, were- together. His object was to revive the Rev. Chancellor Warrington, the friendly and confidential communicaArchdeacons of Exeter, Totness, and tion with his clergy on all important Barnstaple; the Rev. Prebendaries points affecting the Church. He Ellicombe, Luney, Lyne, Darnford, wished to unbosom himself, without Ford, Oxenham, Coleridge, Wool- the slightest reserve, to his brethren combe, Hole, and Scott; the Rev. in Christ, as he hoped they would to Subdean Stevens. The dignitaries him; and in the peculiar crisis in whose absence formed a subject of which they were now placed, he remark were,—the Very Rev. the wished to give to the Presbyters that Dean of Exeter, the Rev. Chancellor prominent and important position to Martin, the Rev. Canon Bull, and the which all ecclesiastical history asRev. Canon Rogers. Amongst the signed them. The Right Rev. Preclergymen present were,—the Rev. late then congratulated the Synod
upon the willingness with which his parties present, with their remarks, call had been answered by thirty out ought to have been withheld from the of thirty-two deaneries, and proceeded public press. It is of the last importto bring forward the Declaration on ance to the very existence and influthe subject of Holy Baptism. * ence of such an association, that it
This Declaration was then read by come before the Church and the pubhis Lordship’s Chaplain, and a discus- lic generally, with well considered sion followed, in which many mem- objects, wisely organized plans, and bers of the Synod took part, and with men and machinery, of the right eventually it was ordered to be re- description, to work out the important printed and placed in the hands of end it has in view.
We have always the members, and its discussion post- felt this temporary reserve to be inponed till the following day. The dispensable in presenting any new Synod then suspended its sitting, in society to the world ;- -a false start order to attend the afternoon service has consigned many a valuable and at the cathedral, but resumed at four well-intentioned object to temporary, o'clock. At its re-opening, it took if not perpetual, ruin. Having had into consideration a declaration on the report of the primary meeting of the subject of schism, asserting par
this association before us for some ticularly that perversion to Rome in- time, and having again and again volved the abandonment of truth for considered its details, we can only reerror. This, on the .notion of the peat with regret our first sentence, Rev. C. C. Bartholomew, was carried that the publicity which has been by a large majority, only nine or ten given to it has been unwise and
prehands being held up against it. mature. A third declaration, repudiating
We consider ourselves bound to exthe intrusive Romish bishopric into press this conviction, not that we enthe See of Exeter, by the title of the tertain any difference of opinion from Bishop of Plymouth, and the Papal the parties who have thus publicly aggression generally, was carried moved in the main question in which nem. dis.
they seek for reform, but from our The Synod adjourned at half-past own, and others' strongly expressed five o'clock until the following day. feelings, that the parties moving and
the plans proposed, were altogether in
far too uninformed and crude a state The Church Rerorm Movement.
to assume a public existence. We We cannot but characterize the know that many who would gladly publication of the preliminary pro- join in any well-concerted movement ceedings of the above association as for the reform of flagrant Church premature and unwise. The meeting errors and abuses, are, and would be of the 28th of May, at Freemason's
deterred from doing so, by any preHall ought to have been considered mature development of imperfectly only what it was called in the circu- considered views and objects. So lars of invitation, “A Confidential
much for what has been done, which Conference;' and the names of the we regret. Now, however, for what
may and ought to be done in future. • The views of the Bishop are so well known,
There are very few, if any, Evanthat it were waste of space to insert the declara- gelical members of the Church of tion at length. It may suffice to say, that in it England, who can with any regard to are embodied all the ex opere operatum dogmas of unconditional bestowment of sacramental
their conscientious convictions, affirm grace,--deliverance from the guilt and bondage that the Church needs no reform. of all sins, original and actual. The literality However various their opinions may of the very expressions of the service are insisted upon, and its thanksgiving declaration, be as to the particular questions for invariably concomitant regeneration, are which demand remedial measures, the pronounced, ex cathedra, to be the very doctrines of the Church of England. As passed,
means to be proposed, and the time there appears a rider, evidently as a kind of for pressing their adoption,--but one trap to catch the unwary, declaring that where even all this is effected, there yet remains a ne
must really prevail as to the
necessity cessity for conversion and amendment of life. of something being done. The Duke of Wellington is reported to have ing nothing ;--the parties engaged in attempted to get rid for a season of it may not be known men; yet if their parliamentary reform, by the unquali- aim is single, their object is righteous; fied and impolitic assertion, that none if we cannot in all points agree with was wanting ;-a startling statement, them, or trust to their exertions, we followed by a scheme of reform so are no less certain that it is the duty ample and sweeping, that astonished, of our Evangelical clergy and laity to if it did not frighten many a sincere put themselves in motion, to obtain supporter of moderate views.
such reform in Church matters geneSuch will be the result in Church rally, as shall preserve to our children matters if our Evangelical Churchmen the inestimable blessings of a national continue to deprecate the discussion Protestant Establishment, adapted in of such questions as Liturgical Re- all points to the wants of a vast popuvision, and the re-organization of such lation, and yet in entire harmony portions of the constitution of the with the teaching of Scripture—the Church as obviously require reform. truth of God.
The great reason why many Evangelical Churchmen are and have ħitherto been so apathetic in the cause
Popish LOYALTY and Gratitude. of Church Reform, springs from their The following extract from the dis-associating themselves from the Tablet, the chief organ of the Romish actual evils and crying abuses which Propaganda, conveys the gratitude of exist on all sides of them, but in Papists for our past compromise of which they may not be actual agents national responsibility and duty in or participaters. There is an acqui- order to conciliate their good will :escence in things as they are; e. g.
“ Poor Mr. Walpole! Fond Mr. Walin the liturgy, not only from a want of sincere examination into the sub- pole! Credulous Mr. Walpole! · Another
brief,' and 'next autumn.' Why, before ject, but because its language may the summer is well over-before Parlia. possibly be appropriate for their usage; ment is up-we think we can answer for or in the case of evils in the constitu
half-a-dozen at least. tion of the Church, because it falls Why, first, there is the Bishopric of not within their province either to Killaloe. Dr. Vaughan is nominated Biadminister or participate in them. shop; and the Bulls have not yet arrived We confess to a feeling, that no
for his consecration. But they will arthing will be done while our brethren rive ; Dr. Vaughan will be consecrated; of the clergy,—who see the value of he will take a territorial title ; four or five dealing faithfully and explicitly with indictable offences will be committed, and
all with the most frank, cheerful, and indoctrinal and experimental truth in
veterate disregard of the contemptible their public ministrations,—discou
enactment which they are pretending to rage the attempt to make our services
pass at St. Stephen's. We think we can more unerring and unambiguous ex
vouch for half-a-dozen, if not half a thouponents of the truths they preach. sand, misdemeanors in and about Kil. The prayer is upon many a lip and laloe. many a heart, that some Luther would Then come the English Bishoprics. arise to stem the tide of Popery, and Letters have just arrived from Rome, to purge from the Church all that saying that four of the new Sues are alleads to wrong opinions, and appears
ready filled up-one of the four being to sanction much that savours of Southwark. About the fifth there is some Rome. Are we all,
But taking the four: every one ourselves Evangelical Churchmen,
of the four will require a separate Bull to
be received; a Bishop elect to receive it; doing all we can, in a sincere and
a person to deliver it ; three Bishops to willing spirit, to find out and allow
commit misdemeanors by consecrating the correction of what needs to be
the new Bishops; sundry Priests, Acopurified ?
lytes, and attendants to take part in the The present movement may or may ceremony. It is with beating hearts and not be of the right sort; it
wet cheeks that we set down two hundred for too much and end in accomplish- misdemeanants as the minimumn for every the author, under the designation of [The substance of the three following
-we that call doubt.
one of the four Bishoprics. Here alone contrary to God's word,' whether such we have actually on hand five Bulls as doctrines as these are fitted for promulthe supply for the next two months alone; gation under your authority, or whether and these five Bulls will carry in their they bear any affinity whatever to the tails at least a thousand indictable of. doctrine of the Apostles and of the Bible fences! All the while Parliament will be "Jesus Christ and Him crucified,' 'Jesus sitting and spending its time in notable and the Resurrection ?' attempts to vindicate the majesty of Bri. I have the honour to be, rev. sir, tish law- or rather in notable pretences
Your most obedient servant, to appear to do the same. And all the
CHARLES GIBERNE. while the Catholics of these islands, lay “ To the Rev. H. M. Scarth, Rector and Clerical, are laughing at the Legis
of Bathwick, Bath. lature, breaking the law, and making fools of the whole Imperial Parliament, with “Bathwick Hill, Bath, April 16th, 1851. Speaker and Lord Chancellor to boot. “Sir,-1 have duly received your coinWhat a repulse given to territorial ag. munication with its enclosure, and in gression! What a salve to the dignity of reply beg to inform you that I feel asthe British Lion! What a fool, by the sured, from my knowledge of Mr. Mangin, way, and in conclusion, the said British that if you can convince him that any Lion must be!”
portion of his catechism of Church HisAt a great Tipperary meeting held
tory is scripturally and historically in
correct, or his deductions unfairly drawn, the other day, the Rev. Father Burke
he will be ready to make such alterations thus displayed his patriotism :
in a second edition, as truth inay demand. “We will appeal to Europe and to the
He will, of course, have a right to expect world against the truculent tyranny of
other authority in proof of error, than England; we will make her odious name
mere individual opinion. hated all over the world, and we will
For any furiher communication on create a public opinion against her, whose
the subject of your note I must beg to force will be stronger than that of guns
refer you to the author of the work, the and pikes, and armies, which will force correctness of which you impugn, I will her to repeal the law, or allow it to be a only add that in respect to the work dead letter. Let them, therefore, pass it;
itself, as well as regarding my own theowe despise it, and will not obey it." logical opinions, I am perfectly ready to
declare my sentiments when called upon
by competent authority. THE BISHOP OF BATH AND WELLS
I have the honour to be, AND High Church PRINCIPLES.
Your humble servant, The following correspondence has
H. M. SCARTH. been transmitted to us, and we readily · Capt. Giberne. insert it in our columns, desiring to call the attention of the laity generally
“Bath, April 23rd, 1851. to the noble interference of Captain earnestly, to call your attention to the
• My Lord, - I beg respectfully, but Giberne, as an example for others to
enclosed work, entitled 'An Outline of arouse themselves to the opposition of
the Constitution and History of the all similar false teaching.
Church, in question and answer, by the “ Bath, April 14th, 1851. Rev. S. W. Mangin, Curate of Bath" Reverend Sir, I beg to draw your
wick,' which, with the cognizance of the attention to the accompanying work, enti
Rev. H. M. Scarth, rector of that parish tled • An Outline of the Constitution
(who declines interfering in the matter,) and History of the Church, by the Rev.
is publicly offered for sale in this city. S. W. Mangin, Curate of Bathwick,'
"I would especially refer your lordwhich is publicly exposed for sale in this ship to the following passages, wherein city.
• The Church,' endeavours to establish parugraphs being included in another part the identity of the Protestant Church of of the correspondence, they are here England with the apostate Church of
Rome :omitled.] " I would earnestly appeal to you,
«« «The One Holy Catholic and Apos. reverend sir, as one who has solemnly en.
tolic Church is founded on the Apostles.' gaged, in the presence of God. to drive (rp. 5, 6.) away all erroneous and strange doctrines **. It is not enough for the Church to