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To the Editor of the Irish Magazine. this clergyman to have preached an

extenbore fermon, on an hour's noSIR,

tice, and to have acquired bimself In reading over your last number, with ability ; luch an unstudied effort the letter signed Laicus, on the displays' more the powers of the mind preaching of the Rev. Dr. Clarke, than any possible elucubration the proparticularly attracted my attentior. duction of a month, or the offspring appeared to me that the writer of oftoil and mental labour.

i now that letter must have written his leave the subject to Laicus, who has Atrictures on the information of some a kind of prelciptive right to this clet perfon not qualified to judge on mat- rical criticism. ters of such importance. Certainly the

I am, Sir, writer must not have seen Mr. Clarke, elle he never could have advanced

Yours, &c. such an insertion as that his appearance was against hiin.' I have

Sermonicus been a constant hearer and admirer of Mr. Clarke. I have studied his genius, his manner and all his oratorical qualifications. In my mind the The developement of the conspiracy passions are displayed with impressive againit the Catholic Church of Ire. firmness, and with an astonishing va- land. riety of aspect both in his countenance and gesture. But this is of a

In reading the debates on the caminor conlideration when compared tholic petition, we find the proof, the to the folidity of argument and depth damning proof of what we have soleof research, manifested so ftrongly by ly announced, through the medium of the sermons of Dr. Clarke. I have the Irish Magazine, na.nely, that a heard him on Holy Thursday and dark and dangerous conspiracy was Easter day, on the eucharist, and the organized and existed in Dublin, for resurrection. And I retired from his the purpose of selling the hierarchy fermon with a convi&tion of the truth of the Catholic church of Ireland to of my religion on my mind and con- the king. Such was the apostacy of tent that I was a catholic, not from this intended measure, that numbers the prepossessions of my educati- of well-meaning men and religious on.

I think that LAICUS has not catholics, who had not the fame cerdone justice to Dr. Clarke, and I of- tain information which we poffefied, fer you this little tribute to his talents would not believe our statement and and his learning. It is somewhat af. the very article entitled the ANTItonishing also, that this lay critic who POPERÝ CLUB AT FITZPATRICK'S has assumed the power of dispensing raised our Magazine not a few enepraise and dispraise to whom he pleale nies. Trishmen, whose ancestor's es, has never mentioned many other fied their blood, and lost their propreachers who do not deserve his fie perty sooner ihan desert the rights ience. I particularly allude to the and privileges of their faith, could Rev. E. French, a young clergyman, not easily be brought to believe remarkable for his rising reputation at this period of the world, when the in the pulpit, and who has already face of Europe has become catholic, carned ihe well-deserved applaule of when their causeoutlasting the horrors the discerning & the judicious. I know of perfecutions wastriumphing almoft

ar the gaol, that a party of men could newspapers much contain falsehood be found so abandoned, and so bafe, Whai ! even our very bishops beas to give up treacherously those ve- tray us! the pastors to whom we Ty rights and privileges, which our are committed ! must we even by countrymen always held most dear. them be turned over to the wolf. It Indignant at the mean place-hunting is monfrous. we will not believe it, policy of these siminal catholics, we we call on Dr. Troy to come for-' denounced them to the public as the ward for himself and his fellow-biwont enemies of our country ; we shops, and deny the foul calumny. koew that it was actually in agitati. They could not, they dare not make on to give the nomination of Bihops such an affertion, as that it was the to the king, we knew the men who wish of the people and clergy of were associated for this infamous pur- Ireland, to yield to the king the nopofe, and who it appears had flum- mination of their bishops.' Lord Fined the insolent righi of notifying to gal and his crew, the OLD SECLDER the mover and supporter of the ca- and his battalion of apoftates might tholic bill, that the whole catholic and probably did inform Mr. Grats people were ready to renounce the tan and Mr. Ponsonby, that such was integrity and unity of their chureh. the fate of the catholic public mind. Mr. Grattan is reported to have said But shall we be told that the rever.

that he had a proposition to sug- end men who govern our church, gest which indeed he was instructed could so far enter into little tempoto make, namely that his Majesty tal views, fo far forget the cause for may interfere upon any such occasi- which arch-bishop Plunket laid down on (the nomination of catholic bish. his life on the gibbet, and for which ops) with his negative. That this arch-bishop Talbot perished in a would have the effe & of preventing loathsome dungeon, as to misrepreany catholic ecclefiaftic, being ad sent the feelings of their people as 10 vanced to the government of that desert their unfortunate suffering church in Ireland (the catholic flock. Forbid it, heaven! Forbid it church) who was not politically ap- virtue! Forbid it, shame. No, tho' proved of by the government of that Dr. Troy may have committed many country.' Mr. Ponsonby is flated to and great political fins, yet surely he bave said, that the catholics with would not suffer his grey hairs to be the consent of their clergy, & to re. Atained with infamy, he would not move the grand & only obitacle for- fuffer his bones to link into the grave merly opposed to their claims on the loaded with the curses of his counground of their submission to the ex- trymen ; he would not leave the clusive ecclefiaftical jurisdiction of a poor Irish man to point at his tomb, foreign Potentate, had agreed to ac. and exclaim, . there reits the betrayknowledge his Majesty TO ALL IN- er of the catholic church-bere lies TENTS AND PURPOSES, HEAD OF an apoftate.' THE Ce urch.' Mr. Pontonby is

We address ourselves to our fele' allo reported to have said upon a low-couniry men and fellow cathoquestion of Mr. York, that his au- lics.We exclaim to them that nothority was Dr. Milner, who was thing so flagrant, nothing so nefarious appointed by the Catholic Bishops to has ever been attempted against the make this offer of nomination to the unity and existence of their church, government. It is absolutely impos- as this very proposition of the antipe. fible that this can be true. The pery, fadion; we call on theo to a


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waken to the designs of these bad indolence and stupid gratification, nen and the danger of their society, and vainly expects that when his to embrace each other before that parliamentary friends come into pow. cross, and on that altar which com- er, he will be granted the full enjoyforted their fathers thro’ ages of dif- ment of those envied righis so long ficulties and affidion. Would not they the object of his solicitude. This de indignantly ipurn with abhorrence lusion is so pleasing that the most the paftor bought and sold, tempori- evident experier.ce will not operaie aing, tiinid, and corrupt who thould on his fancy to teach him an unsring cone frointhe hands of our new most fact that there never were five of his Holy head of the Catholic Church ; advocates either in the British or would they not refule to commune Irish legillaiure, who advocated cawith that pastor, whose claim to a tholic emancipation in the hope or mitre was perhaps bis wealth or his the desire of its coinpletion. Part ineanness, who should be plealing of the cathclic aristocracy, and many to such imen as compose the Irish of our rich tradesmen or merchants government, to Dr. Duignan, to who offered the church for sale, have Lord Nor

ory, to the Berressords. in defiance of common sense ignorani. Let not even the illusive plea of ly conceived it a measure thought cmancipation be used in favour of so by any English minister compatible intamous a measure. The English with the integrity of the present Briparliament will give us no emanci- tish empire. pation. Parliament is now merely the No British ninister will ever agree national ARENA where the place- to filence their protestant corporations hunters, and the place-holders con- the colonial allemblies of British inte tend with each other, for the dispo- reft, by dispiriting and by overwhelmfal of influence and legal spoil, and ing their factions and inveterate palamongst the weapons which the fions, by the introduction of a popish

Outs use against the Ins, Cathó- majority, for were the corporations lic emancipation is wielded with un. wielded 'by catholics, the British connon dexterity. Įi is a missile

It is a misile minister who incautiously extinguishwhich the unpensored fing against ed and abandoned protestant corpothe pensioned. It is not for love of rate, real and political irritation, us, nor our cause, that we hear so would find it a difficult cale, to lemany fine useleis speeches; that we aniinale it, once neglected by the tee so much sweetness wasted on the fostering hand of power. It would (ildesert air of the treasury benches. E- lently wielt into the mais of the peomancipation is a mere cant of annoy- ple, it would conciliate with its ance which has been conveniently fung neighbours, as it ceased to be imporin the deaf ear of the ninifter, without tant in generating domestic agitation, any hopes of makirg an impiettion, and in a few years, the people would but solely to throw an unpopularity think it more convenient and honouron him.' We have always seen it able to be even denoted degenerate decked out in all the trippery of pa- English, than duped Irish. Civil war triotic eloquence, and we have leen would cease, but British in Auence the firly catholic becoming the dupe won'd gradually disappear. Ireland of the fame eloquence, and mistaking is too populous and too important for a place feeking advocate for a lvend her size and fituation, to be exposed Heloiters away his years in anxious 10 the errors of independence, by any

minister attempting to break up fo




Sertile and ancient an instrument of the feelings of the men, who are domestic variance, and external in- fighing their battles ? Are the Lonfuence, as the colonizing wildoin of con lavages who burrit the catholic the adventurers, instituted to secure dwellings and chapels, under Lord their influence, that of corporation George Gordon, ihis great peomonopoly,

ple of England ? Or are the illitea Canada & Corsica, have been quo- weavers of Manchester, the ted frequently as catholic couniries smiths of Birmingham, or the miners where it was not deemed inconfiftent of Cornwall, the people of England ? with

the Royal pledges to the church Are 7 million of Englishmen, to be? 1 and Itaie, io establisn the catholic libelled by any minifter, lo grossly as faith.

to make them express a sentiment so Were Ireland fo infignificant in men dargerous to the litery of the emand national spirit as theiwo countries pile, that fix millions of Irishmen, 1 of Canada and Corsica, where a cou- are not worthy to be admitted to parple of battalions, could be sufficient ticipate in all the benefits of the 10 filence any claims to independence. conftitution. British piety would not be io intermingled with British policy, as to refule the harmle's boon of emincipation.

Character of the Irish, from a late Several gentlemen on the late de- Speech in the Englih Parlia. bate, among others, such of the ministers who resited the claims exprefled in the catholic petition, depre.

A Sir Samuel Romilly, brought is cated the measure, as it would lend a bill for compensating luch unfortia to inflaine the public mind, the peo- nate persons, as tuffered imprisonple of England being decidedly hor- ment on charges of felony, and were tile to the idea of allowing catholics afterwards acquitted, who if the 10 participate in the higher branches judge certified as not of vicious haof the state, or to get admillion into bits, should have remuneration the houses of parliament.

to indemnify thein for the injuries This imprudent explanation tends sustained by theinseives and fato commit the people of the two milies. countries against each other, it plain- This law dictated by sound and ly says to ihe Irish, the people of genuine philanthropy, was opposed this country are your enemies, while by a Mr. Herbert, particularly if it it compliments the British, that their was intended to extend its operation bigotry and intolerance are too valu- to Ireland, the learned gentleman able articles, to be sacrificed to do observed, it would be an evident justice to a great and high spirited na- absurdity, and a waste of the public tion.

money, to apply it to the innocent We would willingly have an ans. Irish,' acquitted felons, a people, wer from this religious nation of who are so ignorant, poor, idle and woollen drapers, and hardware-men, profligate, that it would be the greatto the foilowing queries, who are eft enjoyment they could be gratifithese people of England. Who are to ed in, to be in prison, where their be induized in such an outrage upon natural propensiy to vice and idle.


ness being gratified, would be pre

Algarotti's Observations. mium enough, without having the additional advantage of receiving pe- The money which we spend on cuniary rewards, not for abiolute in snuff-boxes, &r, was by the ancients jury fustained, but for real benefits expended on buits and statues ; and conferred.

infiead of a firework, by which we celebrate a victory, they erected a triumphal arch.

It has been said that a nation of Anecdote of Charles XIIth of sages would be the most foolish natia Sweden,

on in the world ; as an army entire

ly consisting of captains would be a This hero is well known to have very indifferent army. been i o admirer of the fair sex: but Whoever knows not how to live lewr persons are acquainted with by binlelf, shall die in a crowd. the chief caule of his aversion, Soon Foreigners are more just to a man's after his accedion to the crown, wbile talents than his own countrymen ; he was breathing nothing but war, he lives not under their eyes, they ard continually revolving the readi- have no personal concern with luim, ett and most expeditious means of exempt of envy, they reserve him for waging it, an artist of Stockholin posterity. Thewed hiin one day the design of a Cimon loved, and love made him piece of artillery of a new invention. ingenious. Sometimes a man b.. The king was charmed with it, and comes polite as soon as he meets a ordered it to be carried it into execu- woman, wbo prompts him to reveal tion without delay. But as his natural the secrets of his heart. impatience made himn think that the A proud and rich nan is certainly work went on but Nowly, he one an ideot; a proud and poor mas is morning, having, as usual, risen be- generally a man of sense. fore day break, walked alone to the The northern ladies are like their artist's who had, from the preceed. aurora boreales, they shine without ing day by a fever, been confined to heating. bis bed. Charles knocked so hard Many honest people are like the and so often as to gain admittance, inhabitants of Hindofton, who are and having conversed with the artist fo tender bearted as to scruple to on the subject of his visit, retired, and make capons ; and every day ibey was lighted to the door by a hand- make eunuchs, Tome housemaid. Here a fancy came Alexander was unwilling to coninto the king's head that proved him fels, that he owed the conquest of to be noi insensible nor averse to the Asia to the soldiers formed by tex; he attenipted to take some li- Philip his father. Plato lays not berries with the girl, who being, per- a word of Xenophon, who has maps, a native of Delecarlia, iepaid been the ornamient of the school of his casefles with smart and vigorous Socrates Xenophon himself makes selentment. This is said to have kot the least mention of Plato, Aris. made to deep an impression on him, toile, as it has been remarked by that in Poland, be absolutely reio- queen Christina, never names either sed to see the countess of Koenigse his master or his disciple. Julius maik, and for ever banished the la. Cæ'ar gives to the younger Crassus dies from his parties of pleasure and aloost all the honour of the victory, bis presence.

which he gained over Arioviftus.

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