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lately witnessed, (if they are followed up During the past year, ten Bible associby the means wbich it is the object of the ations in connexion with your Auxiliary Society to employ) must break in upon were formed, by whose exertions a large tbo unquestioning succumbency of even number of copies of the sacred Scriptures .the most degraded of our people. It will found their way into places that bad been be in vain that the efforts of a crafty and too long neglected. Great good bas alintolerant bierarchy are exerted to stifle ready resulted from the labours of those the utterance of the press. It will be Associations, and your Society has rein vain that the anatbemas of an alarmed ceived from them pecuniary assistance, priesthood, are fulminated against those and what is far more desirable, friendly who would dare to attend upon such co-operation. Convinced that the Scripmeetings. The mind of the country tures are divinely inspired, and able to bas been started out of its former repose. make men wise unto salvation, through The understanding of our people is at faith wbich is in Christ Jesus, your Comwork, and as information upon the sub- mittee would remind you, that their injects of the controversy is that which is fluence may reasonably be expected to chiefly in demand with the lower as well be in proportion to their dissemination; as with the bigher classes of Roman and that therefore, in expecting great reCatholics, either the priesthood of the sults, you must prepare for their being Church of Rome, must descend to the gradual.... If Christian love, Christian arena of popular controversy, or they tenderness, and Christian forbearance be must surrender their people to the in- desirable- (and what is the character of fluence of uncontroverted truth.

the professiog Christian without them :) To the promoters and conductors of they onght surely to be exercised when Reformation Societies, I would ven- that word, which so continually enjoins ture in a spirit of Christian affection a them, is recommended to the notice of few brief suggestions. Wbile forward is our fellow men..... Time flies with asyour motto, let truth be your weapon. tonishing rapidity, and the angel will The Bible alone is tbe religion of Pro- soon proclaim that it is no more; the testants, and under this sign you shall concerns of time must therefore be coniconquer. Let no political influence paratively unimportant, and should not mingle with your councils or vitiate your be suffered to engross the whole soul, or proceedings, and it is not more certain even to occupy the first place in it: but that the religious principles of the Re- what is there to prevent this ? Nothing formation are the principles of the Bible but the pure word of God which becomes tban it is certain that the Divine blessing a discerner of the thoughts and intents of will accompany and prosper every legi- the beart-addresses man as a sinnertimate attempt at their dissemination in proclaims his immortality, and holds up this country.

J. E.G. before him the very Saviour be needs

the Saviour who will stamp blessedness Kilkenny Bible Society. The Fif- upon that immortality, and who will teenth Anniversary of this Society was meet in heaven and crown with glory all held in the County Court House, on those who upon earth were accepted in Thursday, Dec. 6tb. Charles Madden, bim the Beloved—were redeemed from Esq. the Mayor, presided. The Report their vain conversation -loved him in for the last year, was read by the Rev. sincerity, and followed him through evil P. Roe, and the several resolutions report and good report. If such a glomoved by the Rev. Dr. Pack, Rev. Dr. rious redemption exists-if such blessedHamilton, Rev. Henry Irwin, (one of ness is in reserve, your Committee would the Secretaries to the Parent Society,) call your attention to the fact, that it is the Rev. R. Shaw, the Rev. R. Cooke, in the Scriptures only they are revealed ; und the Rev. P, Roe.

and that it is only by the belief of tbat reThe following is an abstract of the Re- velation, that the cloud which hides from sort which was read at the Meeting by the eye of man the way of peace and the Rev Peter Roe :-"The number of prevents him from seeing the love of God books sold at the reduced prices, since the in the unspeakable gift of his Son Jesus last anniversary is,-82 Bibles and 172 Christ, can be dispersed.” Testaments, making, with those previ. Waterford— Reformation Meeting:ously disposed of, 1019 Bibles, and 2143 On Friday, Nov. 9, a large and respectTestaments. Your Treasurer has re. able assembly was convened in the Wesceived Subscriptions to the amount of leyan Chapel, Waterford, to constitute £46 8s. 9d. and a bequest of £20 from an Auxiliary to the “ British Society the late Mrs. Bowers. A free donation for Promoting the Religious Principles of £30 has been made to the Parent So- of the Reformation.” Colonel Palliser ciety, and £10 in aid of the fund for took the Chair, and the Meeting was printing the Irish Bible.

addressed by Captain Gordon, Robert

Bourke, Esq. Rev. Dr. Hamilton, Rev. reformation took place in consequence of J. Palliser, Rev. Mr. Ryland, W. May- a correspondence which commenced beers, Esq. Rev. Hans Caulfield, Rev. Mr. tween him and some Protestant gentleFrazer, Rev. Thomas T. Cufte, and men of that town, at a time when he Captain Vernon, R.N.

was first struck with the errors attached London. - National Education So- to his faith.Boyle Gazette. ciety.-On Wednesday, November 7th, the General Committee of the National

UNIVERSITY OF DUBLIN. Society for the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church, The Annual Visitation of the College held their Meeting at St. Martin's Ves- was held in the Examination Theatre, try-Room. Present- The Lord Bisbop on Wednesday, Nov. 28, by bis Grace of London, Rev. Archdeacon Pott, Rev.

the Lord Primate, as Pro-Vice-ChanDr. D’Oyly, Rev. H. H. Norris, Rev. R. cellor, and his Grace the Archbishop of Lendon, William Davis, Esq. and the Dublin, one of the Visitors of the UniRev. Dr. Bell. Fourteen new Schools versity. were united to the Society; and the fol

Quarterly Examinations. The next lowing grants of money were voted for Quarterly Examinations will be held for building, enlarging, and fitting up of the Class of Senior Sophisters on TuesSchool-rooms, viz.—To Stand, Manches. day and Wednesday, January the 22d ter, £200 ; Aldridge, £30 ; Kidlington,

and 23d; for that of Junior Sophisters Oxfordshire, £ 60 ; Great Brookham, on Friday and Saturday, 25th and 261b; Surrey, £40; Burnley, Lancasbire, (ad

for Senior Freshmen on Monday and ditional) £150 ; Carmarthen, (addition- Tuesday, 28th and 29th ; and for Junior al) £100; Honiton, Devon, £150.

Freshmen on Thursday and Friday, Jamany other applications for aid were nuary 31st and February Ist. taken into consideration, and several

The Entrance examination in January cases reserved for a meeting to be held

will be held on Monday, the 21st day of on the first Wednesday in December.

the month. Meeting of Jews.-At a Meeting of The subjects for the Vice-Chancel. Jews and Christians, held at Salvador lor's Prizes are, for Undergraduates, House, on Saturday, Nov. 24, for the

“ Navarino”-in Greek, Latin, or Engpurpose of discussing points of difference

lish verse,

For Graduates, “ Philosobetween Jews and Christians, about one pbia merito religioni datur tanquam hundred and fifty Jews attended, and Mr.

fidissima Ancilla."--Bacon, Nov. Org. Levy, in a very long and able speech,

in Greek, Latin, or English prose. maintained the necessity and divine ori. Compositions with fictitious signatures gin of the Oral Law. It was proposed,

to be sent in on or before the 21st of at tbe close of the discussion, to convene

January a Meeting of Jews at the London Ta. vern, on an early day, to take into con- ECCLESIASTICAL INTELLI. sideration the best means of alleviating

GENCE. the miseries resulting to the Jews in The Rev. John W. Stokes bas been Russia from the persecutions to which instituted by the Lord Bishop of Leigblin they are subjected by the late Ukase. and Ferns, to the Rectory of Edermine,

a Prebend in the Diocese of Ferns, vaRENUNCIATIONS OF POPERY. cant by the death of the Rev. Mr. St. Sligo.-On Sunday, Nov. 18th, one

Eloy. woman renounced the errors of Popery, The Rev. Mr. Kyle, Curate of Rutand received the sacrament in Carry land, in the Diocese of Leighlin, 'has Church : on Sunday, Dec. 9th, in the been instituted by the Lord Bishop of same, one man privately conformed to Leigblin and Ferns, to Cloyday, a Prethe Established Church.

bend in the Diocese of Leighlin, vacant Ballymachugh.-On Sunday, Dec. 2d by the resignation of the Rev. Mr. Stokes. a young man publicly renounced the er- The Dean of Dromore and parisbionrors of Popery before a large congrega- ers of Ahascragh, county Galway, have tion in the Parish Church of Ballymac. presented an address to their Curate, the hugh, County Cavan.

Rev. Peter Browne, on bis removal Carrick on Shannon.--"A few days from that parish. since, we understand, an enlightened The Rev. James Williams has been Roman Catholic of most respectable appointed to the curacy of Rutland, vacharacter, who had been intended for a cant by the appointment of the Rev. Mr. Clergyman of the Church of Rome, Kyle. read his recantation in Carrick-on-Sban- The Lord Bishop of Killala bas been non. Report says that this gentleman's pleased to appoint the Rev. William

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Cromie to the living of Monsea, vacant Williams, A. B. and Solomon Donovan, by the death of the Rev. Mr. Hawkshaw. A. B. for the Diocese of Leigblin and

The Lord Bishop of Killala bas insti- Ferns. tuted the Rev. George Trulock, A.B. to Sunday, Dec. 9th, the Bishop of Kilthe Prebend of Lacken, together with the laloe held an Ordination at Nenagh Vicarage of Lacken, Templemurry, and Churcb, wben ten gentlemen were adKilcummin, in the Diocese of Killala ; mitted into tbe Order of Priest and Deaand also the Rev. Francis Little, A. B. to the united Vicarages of Dupfeenny New Church. On Sunday, the 14th and Kilbreedy, in said Diocese, vacant by October, the new Church of Preban, Co. the cession of the Rev. J. Little, A, M. Wicklow, was consecrated by the Lord

Ordinations.-At an Ordination held Bishop of Ferns, in presence of a numein the Cathedral of Ferns, on Sundny, rous'and respectable congregation. The Dec. 2, by the Lord Bishop of Ferns, Morning Service was read by the Rev. the following gentlemen were ordained: J. M. Symes, and u sermon preached by

DEACONS Norman Garştin, A. B. his Lordship's Chaplain, the Rev. John Peter Mooney, A. B. for the Diocese W. Stokes. On the above occasion the of Leighlin and Ferns; Edward Hearn, Bishop presented the parish with a very A. B. with letters dismissory from the handsome service of conimunion plate. Bishop of Kildare.

There are now three churches in a union PRIESTS--Chas. Cooper, A. B, Jas. which until lately had but one.



The triumphant death of the Christian is cheering to the survivors. It enlarges the number of witnesses to the Word of God, which excite and encourage those who are running the race of the Gospel. The Apostle thus argues : Seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin wbich doth so easily beset ys, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith,"

The following account I give upon my own knowledge, and were her friends consulted for information it could easily be abundantly enlarged.

At the age of 19 years, full of health, of active vigour, and of cheerfulness, the subject of tbis short memoir, was recently and suddenly cut down like the lily of the field, and summoued by the Lord of all into the eternal world. She attended service in Booterstown Church twice, on the last Sunday sbe ever bebeld the house of God, and it is curious to remark, she occupied the same place in the same seat, that bad been occupied by the late excellent Secretary to the Sunday-school Society of Ireland, when he last joined in the public prayers and praises of God-their illness was similar and lasted the same number of days. On this last Sunday she was slightly ill in Church, on Tuesday following she was much worse, and on the next Tuesday at 3 o'clock, in the afternoon, she finished her course, and entered into the joy of the Lord. In bim, the Sunday-school Society of Ireland lost its earliest, its dearest friend, and the school in this parish, lost in her departure a zealous, kind and spiritual teacher. But they have gone to join the bost above and sing for ever the song of Moses and the Lamb. How uncertain the tenure of tbiş life, how frail the possession of worldly goods, bow needful to fix the affections on things above, not on things of earth!! With every reason to be full of hope, that she should enjoy an earthly bliss in an union with an enlightened and spiritual minister of the Gospel-instead of the bridal dress wbich, had sbe lived a few days longer, would have adorned her person, she is now enshrouded iņ the tomb, and the wild flowers blossom on her grave!! It is thus the Omniscient mocks the hopes of man, writes vanity on the affairs below, and points him to hereafter. For about six months previous to her death she manifested a remarkable change of sentiment and conduct. She could bardly relish any conversation but such as related to the hopes and promises of the Gospel, and was oceupied every day during four or five hours in the study of the Scriptures and otber useful books-she was frequently found alone in her chamber with the door shut, knecling at the throne of Grace, and the pages of the Bible spread before her. She was often heard to say during that period, she would deem it the highest honour and privilege to be amongst the heathen as Missionary of the Gospel. But death in bis mysterious movements has suddenly summoned her amid all the bloom of youthful vigour and fair expectation into the world of spirits! Blessed are the dead wbich die in the Lord, for they rest from their labours. The papers which she left display most clearly the state of her mind, the triumph of the Gospel in her soul, they were full of extracts from sermons which she heard, of remarks on books which she read; and amongst them was a short journal in which she detailed her feelings and experience, and like all those who sincerely hunger and thirst after righteousness, in these pages, she often lamented the slowness of her progress in the heavenly course. I bad the privilege of examining those papers. But her Bible de monstrates indeed, the transforming power, the triumph of Christianity in her heart. On the first leaf was written with ber own penu Search the Scriptures”—and ibe pages of the sacred book display ber obedience to the precept. From Genesis to Revelation it was copiously marked with her pencil, especially the New Testament : those passages which teach of the Deity, and worship and bonour of Jesus the fulness and freedom of salvation through the alone sacrifice of the cross the need of a regeneration of man's corrupt heart, the humiļity and holiness of life which essentially distinguish the followers of Christ, were carefully and critically marked. Tbose marks were made with such skill and tuste as indicate much intellectual and spiritual acumen, and though her race in vital religion had been but short; yet still she acquired great spirituality in so brief a period, I felt myself humbled before the book. These facts are the more remarkable, because to the eye of God only was it known how far she was influenced by the religion of the heart. Truly humble in her own estimation she communed only with the Fatber that heareth in secret, in all the extent of her spiritual influence. The pearl of great price was in her bosom, it was no ostentatious ornament, it was worn in her heart, and bad she lived, no doubt it would have been seen by her boly life and conversation, in all its richness and beauty. Her religion'was not profession nor words, it was like the stream that meanders in secret over the verdant lawn, whose course is known only by the rich luxuriance that marks its path. Her bible, her papers, her prayers, the cottage, the school-house, and the poor, could tell the Cbristianity that warmed her heart. This precious Bible and these papers are a more glorious trophy to be preserved by friends, than ever was won in the field of Mars, in the bar, or senate, or amid the conflicts of human interests. To God alone is all the praise due, who gave the Holy Spirit to this bis servant, who taught her to call Jesus Lord, and look unto him as the Autbor and finisher of ber faith.

The following beautiful and comprehensive prayer, written by herself, was copied from the fly leaf of her Bible

“ Grant o gracious Lord that this thy Sacred Word may be my daily study, my only guide and rule through life, my greatest comfort here below, and the medium through which I may discern my bope of heaven bereafter. Grant that the glorious truths I here bebold may be so deeply fixed upon my inmost heart that nothing may ever be able to shake my trust and confidence in thee. Give me O my God, an humble and teachable Spirit, and so confirm and strengthen my faith in Thee, who art an incomprehensible God, that I may firmly believe here below on earth what in heaven I trust to comprehend. Enable me by the assistance of thy blessed Spirit so to look unto Jesus the Author and finisher of my faith, so to place all my trust and dependance on bis all prevailing merits that I may be justified freely and finally by thy grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus -hearken unto these niy petitions most merciful Father for the alone sake of my crucified, my risen, my ascended Saviour." Amen.

The following prayer was taken down as she was beard repeat it on Sunday, two days previous to her death, and wbich its writer states was pronounced in a tone of voice, wbich sufficiently indicated the extreme pain she was suffering, but which was indeed borne with a Christian-like resignation to the will of Him in whom alone she trusted.

“O God of all mercy look down with an eye of pity upon me, tby poor unworthy servant, and for his sake who died for me, relieve my pain, if it be thy will, if not give me patience to bear it tin it is—may I indeed find in Thee, a God of preservalion, a God of sanctification, and a God of redemption." Amen.

A. S.


The public bave been kept in most feeling of the English public, the former anxious suspense, by the want of infor- to be the more likely. Ireland has mation from Constantinople. We wonld changed her Chief Governor, and whatfain hope, tbat the severe blow received ever sentiments we may entertain with by the Porte, will dispose that weak and regard to the administration of Lord despotic government to accede to the Wellesley, his government has been terms offered by the Allied Powers. At marked by one of the most important home rumours of a change of Ministry, measures that have ever promised to owing to Lord Goderich's illness, bave procure tranquillity for the people ; we been prevalent, but we are inclined to allude to the Tythe Composition Act, believe them premature. His Lordship’s wbich is circulating in the country with retirement would probably either restore great advantage to the people, comfort the Tory Ministry under Mr. Peel, or to the clergy, and most materially congive a decided Whig aspect to the Go- ducing to advance the interests of the vernment; we should think from the Established Church,


When the famine was sore in our desolate land,

And pestilence threaten'd what famine had spard,
Our kind English brethren, with bountiful band,

Relief for our wapts and our sorrows prepar'd.
For our late empty garners their harvests provide,

O’er our limbs the warm garment their cbarity throws;
No kindness unthought of, no want unsupplied,

In full stream through our country their sympathy flows
They ask not, they think not, if grateful we aim

Our sense of this brotherly bounty to prove ;
Their pity our passport, and suff'rings our claim,

Their thought is but what may these suff’rings remove.
With industry too, they would brigbten our shore,

And their own peaceful arts to our children extend ;
Task their wise and their noble our case to explore,

And for ev'ry affliction an antidote send.
And what lack we more Can benevolence yield

Wbat British benevolence yet has denied ?
Can Christian philantbropy point to a field

By British philanthropy still undescried ?
Then what lack we more? We lack that wbich alone

Can consecrate all that your bounty bas given ;
Can open our way to a Saviour's bigb throne,

And add to earth's blessings the promise of heaven.
Yes! we lack that alone wbich can victory give

Over sorrow and sin, over death and the grave;
Wbich can say to the contrite, Look upwards and live,

Through Him who has suffer'd, the guilty to save.
'Tis true, o'er our land this bright record is spread,

Wherever your faith and your language are known;
In our dear native tongue it alone is unread,

And its pages still seal'd in our cabins alone.
Oh! then, while the Hindoo and Esquimaux share

The bounty that flows from the Line to the Pole,
Let your poor IRISH BROTHER not sink in despair,

And say, " He finds no one to care for his soul!”

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