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a decision. Dr. Hook does the same It appears, that the Rev. Mr. with regard to Mr. M‘Mullen. Dr. M‘Mullen, curate of St. Saviour's, Hook seeks to vindicate himself by least one who has been doing duty coming forward to avow his Re- there for some time; Mr. D. Haigh, formation principles; yet who can Mr. Wilkinson, and Mr. Bruce have doubt that Dr. H. is responsible for openly renounced the principles of the introduction of all this mischief the Church of England, and embraced into Leeds, and who would wonder those of the Church of Rome. to see Dr. Hook coming to Mr. This event, however, calculated to Paley's issue! We may possibly re- create astonishment in those at a disvert to Dr. Hook's vindication, than tance, did not at all surprise me, or which nothing can be more unsa- any persons acquainted with the protisfactory to a sound Protestant. ceedings at St. Saviour's Church, in Where, in his articles of belief, is this town. It was a thing which I there any clear and unequivocal expected to take place for some time. avowal of the doctrine of justification Indeed from the time that St. Saviby faith? and would not any one con- our's Church was consecrated, I was clude that he regards the Sacraments led to look upon it, and all those conas the only channel through which nected with its erection, with fear and pardon and forgiveness are conveyed? distrust. There are other very questionable First of all, the choice of the oristatements. But we have not space ginal name Holy Cross Church,” pow to pursue the subject. We only the laying of the foundation stone on hope that if it is indeed true, as the so-called Holy Cross Day, and stated by the writer of the letter, that the unauthorised service, which Dr. Hook has published a pastoral seemed to accredit the lying legend letter (1846,) in which the belief is of that day, by its allusions to the expressed that the saints pray for us mere material cross; in which all the in heaven, the Bishop of Ripon will clergy assembled took part, and which see that he has something tangible on had a far nearer resemblance to the suwhich to act, and that he will act perstitious observances of the Church promptly and decisively, by arresting of Rome, than to the “reasonable serthis fearful heterodoxy at head quar- vice" of the Protestant Church of ters.
England; filled me and many others
with painful misgivings as to the SIR,—When such an event occurs future. Our reverend diocesan, in as the departure of several members some measure, reassured our minds, of our Apostolical Church from the by insisting upon the name being pale of her communion, for an union changed, and by his forbidding the with a church which from their ear- use of certain communion plate, with liest infancy they were taught to believe the inscription, in Latin, on one chaheretical, it becomes us well, I con- lice, “Pray forthe soulof Lucy Pusey," ceive, carefully to examine into the and on another, “ Pray for Annabella reasons of their defection, and by who gave this,” both of these persons finding out, if possible, the cause, to being deceased; and also by his doing guard against the repetition of so sad what no bishop, perhaps, ever did bea catastrophe. It is, Sir, I assure fore, actually coming over to inspect you, under a deep sense of this obli- the church before allowing it to be gation, I address you on the present consecrated, and then commanding occasion; and if in the course of my the removal of some of the stained remarks, any statement should be windows, which depicted certain of made, which reflects upon the con- the blasphemous fables of the Romish duct of any person, I entreat him and Church. you to bear in mind that the necessity But when the day of consecration which the importance of the matter drew near, and it became generally has laid upon me, compels me to known that Dr. Pusey was to take a suppress anything, but to tell the
prominent part in the consecration of whole truth, however painful to those the new church, and even to preach implicated.
upon the day appointed for that ceremonial, many of the clergy of Leeds Romanism, and deploring the secesfound themselves in a very difficult sion of so many members of our position. Dr. Pusey had not re- Church to Rome. But, unluckily, tracted the heresy for which he had the scheme failed. Such a protest been condemned by convocation in had been prepared by the Vicar of the University of Oxford, but, on the Leeds, and most of those present contrary, had just published an edi- signed it; but Dr. Pusey, who, it tion of a work by the Jesuit Avrillon, appears, did not look upon the sefull of the most dangerous doctrine, cessions to Rome with the same deand recommending the most super- gree of regret as the others, refused. stitious observances; and they felt As unanimity, however, was conceived that, by attending the service in to be essentially necessary, to give which such a teacher was to bear a any effect to such a move, another conspicuous part, they would nullify protest, different from the first, and much of their preaching.
far more mild in its expressions, and I have heard that one of the clergy one which it was thought could not thought it his duty to make known be objected to, even by Dr. Pusey, to the Bishop (we may easily imagine was drawn up and submitted to the at what a cost of feeling) his resolu- gentlemen present. tion not to attend the consecration, Many signed it, among whom, if I if Dr. Pusey were allowed to inau- am rightly informed, was Dr. Pusey; gurate the New Church.
but some of those who had put their Whatever the Bishop's reply was, names to the former, not relishing of this we are certain, that the Rev. the giving place to Dr. Pusey's reMr. Sinclair, the incumbent of St. spectful feelings for the Church of George's, did not attend the conse- Rome, and for those who had aposcration, and that Dr. Pusey did preach tatized to its communion, refused to in St. Saviour's at the time specified. sign this second protest : and the
The secession of the above-named whole scheme ended in opening an gentlemen, who have been connected opportunity to the Bishop of Ripon with St. Saviour's since its consecra- for giving a dignified rebuke to the tion, attests that their misgivings were Romanizing tendencies which were correct, and that, if they had gone to so fast developing themselves in some the service, they would have weakened members of the Church. the trust in their sound judgment, on From that time, sir, to the present, which much of the efficacy of their St. Saviour's has been open for pubministrations must depend.
lic worship. It caused them, no doubt, extreme Though it was boasted that there regret to act, as it seemed, in opposi- were three or four hundred persons tion to the opinions of their Diocesan, to attend that church, I am credibly but they determined to incur even the informed that the number of worhazard of seeming disrespect towards shippers there has been exceedingly him, rather than by their presence at limited; nay, that frequently the conSt. Saviour's do violence to their gregation was confined to the clergyprinciples, or stifle their conscientious men and students in the parsonage convictions.
house, together with a few of the Well, sir, the day of consecration elder scholars of the adjacent school. arrived, and the clergy who thought I myself, sir, was one day informed fit to attend were requested to as- by an official of the church, when I semble in a school-room adjacent to went with a friend to view it, that the St. Saviour's Church.
number of communicants was six, And why, think you? Because it the Sunday before, and for the three was thought politic'to lull the public preceding Sundays. mind, naturally startled at the whole This shows that the people in the character of the proceedings, and by neighbourhood were not satisfied the announcement that one of the either with the teaching of the clergy originators of the Oxford Heresy was of St. Saviour's, or with their mode to take part in the services of the day, of conducting the services of the by getting up a formal protest against church. And no wonder, sir, when one of the clergymen from the pulpit of advice to young persons about to could think it no heterodoxy to give be confirmed, the following sentence, utterance to such an expression as which is identical with the doctrine this, “How thankful should we be, for which Mr. M‘Mullen was susbrethren, that we have in heaven such pended :-“I believe, O most Holy a blessed intercessor as the Virgin Jesus, that thy saints here below have Mary!” No wonder, sir, when hymns communion with thy saints above, were used, which for their adoration they praying for us in Heaven.” (See of the Virgin Mary, were not to be page 28. Published in 1846.) And surpassed in the Church of Rome it- he has continued silent about the proself,-hymns not to be used occa- ceedings in St. Saviour's, from the sionally, but placed on every bench time of its consecration. But when of the church, and certainly sung on it became manifest that Protestant last All Saints' Day-no wonder, feeling was becoming more and more when, if any person wished to enter alarmed, and that a crisis was impendthe chancel, they were told that it ing, he becomes on a sudden more was too holy a place for any but the alarmed and more vehement in his clergy. This, sir, is no idle report. abuse of the clergy of St. Saviour's,
An incumbent of a church in this than any of those who had all along town told me, that when he visited disapproved of their principles. On St. Saviour's, to shew it to some a sudden he proclaims them, even friends, the clergyman who went from the pulpit of his own church, round the church with him, on his “a nest of hornets at his garden expressing a wish to see the chancel, gate.' first entered it himself, knelt down, There are two conflicting stateand remained in the posture of prayer ments made by Dr. Hook, on the for some time. On rising from his subject of his lecture at the Assembly knees he opened the screen door and Rooms, on the Three Reformations, admitted my friend, carefully shutting which I profess myself unable to reit after hiin. When they approached concile. At the conclusion of the the commmunion table, my friend lecture, Mr. Ward, the incumbent of wished to see the cloth, but was not St. Saviour's, who had been attenpermitted to touch it, till his conduc- tively listening to Dr. Hook, got up tor had knelt down, and while on his and requested to be informed whether knees reverently raised the cloth to the lecturer alluded to him, when he the gaze of my friend, and continued spoke of those who were Romanizing kneeling as long as he touched that Churchmen. Dr. Hook, in the most holy thing!!!
candid manner, distinctly disavowed I will not weary you by multiply- any allusion whatever to Mr. Ward ing instances, wherein the doings of or his church. This, sir, was what a the clergy of St. Saviour's were not person would be led to expect from only not according to the spirit of the Dr. Hook's conduct all through, Church of England, but in direct op- with respect to St. Saviour's. But, position to its declared doctrine and sir, judge of my surprise on being discipline; these will suffice to shew informed by a gentleman well known you how good grounds the Protes- to you, who heard Dr. Hook's sertants in its neighbourhood had for mon on Sunday morning last, two not attending to worship there. days after these young men had gone
It is impossible, Sir, not to be over to Rome, that the Vicar of struck with the extraordinary conduct Leeds, from his pulpit declared, that of the Vicar of Leeds in the further he had written that lecture, and inprogress of this affair.
He had tended it expressly for the gentlemen sanctioned the building of this church, of St. Saviour's. in that part of Leeds, over which he While I am adverting to Dr. had the exclusive cure of souls : he Hook's sermon on Sunday last, I had identified himself with the prin- must call your attention to another ciples there inculcated by his cele- statement made to me by the same brated letter to the Bishop of Ripon; intelligent gentleman who attended he had published in a pastoral letter
St. Peter's church on that morning.
Dr. (Hook, I won't say how decently actions. But, sir, I am sure you will in the house of God,) asserted that think with me, that it is a poor exthose gentlemen who had left our cuse to screen ourselves from the church were “weak-minded young
consequences of our own imprumen.” But, sir, is this a proper way dences, by charging others with to
our own indiscretions? weakness of intellect. When see our own friends going I fear, sir, I am wearying you, but astray to the edge of a precipice, and I will now conclude with a statement do nothing to prevent them from which I think will interest you. tumbling over, is it a sufficient ex- The ground at York Road, as I am cuse to say, “they are weak-minded informed, on which was laid the first young men?"
stone of the new church to be built But, sir, can it be forgotten that by Mr. Haigh, has not been conat least one of those “weak-minded veyed, neither has the money been young men” was the very person lodged. Will it not, therefore, be inwhose praises were sounded a few teresting to determine whether Dr. weeks ago, for giving_£10,000 to Hook may not have laid the foundabuild a church at York Road? Can tion-stone of a new Roman Catholic it be forgotten, sir, that Dr. Hook chapel in Leeds, it being very prowalked in procession with this “weak- bable that Mr. Haigh will not, now minded young man,” on a late occa- that he has joined the Church of sion, to lay the foundation-stone of Rome, propagate what he conceives this new church in York Road, to be error, by building a Protestant robed in white, and chaunting hymns church, as he contemplated doing, through the public streets? If, sir, before his conversion ? Dr. Hook believed Mr. Haigh to be I shall look forward with no little a “weak-minded young man,” I pre- curiosity to the conclusion of this sume the proper course for him to matter, and now thanking you for have pursued, when Mr. Haigh of
your patience, fered him so large a sum as £10,000,
I remain, Sir, would have been to have consulted
Your obedient servant, with Mr. Haigh's friends, in order to
OBSERVER. see how far he was master of his own Leeds, January 6, 1847.
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To know God is the highest aim of well observed, that God either finds man. He once knew God—for “God his servant fit to do the work he sets created man in his own image.” him to, or he makes him fit. He (Gen. i. 27.) He lost that knowledge, found Jonah and bade him “ for “the god of this world hath Nineveh, that great city, and cry blinded the mind,” (2 Cor. iv. 4.) against it.” Was Jonah fit for the and “ the natural man receiveth not work? Had he that holy boldness, the things of the Spirit of God.” and that deep humiliation of soul, (1 Cor. ii. 14.) But, reader, shall which, while on the one hand it makes you and I, calling ourselves Chris- a man ready to face the sorest contians, shall we remain ignorant of flict, does on the other hand so prosGod? No, rather let us in the trate him in the very dust, as that no prayerful, watchful, diligent use of evil speaking, no revilings, or abuse, every means of instruction He has no threatenings or ill-usage, can given us, wait for the sureanswer of the move him in his work? The God of prayer of the Lord Jesus, " that they truth, who narrates this story for our may know thee the only true God, instruction, has given us the answer, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast “But Jonah rose up to flee unto sent.” (John xvii. 3.) I call upon Tarshish, from the presence of the you then, with me to consider the Lord.” Perhaps he thought not to unfolding of a part of the character reach a hiding-place, or to find a of Jehovah, as set before us in the spot where God was not-but only experience—not of an angel, not of he would flee from the place where some being in the celestial regions the Lord spoke to him. He would having access to mysteries hidden be let alone. He would not, he could from us—but of a poor, fallen, erring, not be quiet. His conscience drove backsliding servant, who found “a him-for“the wicked flee when no man law in his members warring against (but the man's own conscience) purthe law of his mind, and bringing
They are like the troubled him into captivity to the law of sin. sea whose waters cast up mire and (Rom. vii. 23.) Come, then, my
dirt." Thank God he had a witness weak and trembling, my erring and in poor Jonah's breast. God put it backsliding fellow-Christian, come there, God saw it there, and God had and learn the goodness and long- purposes of mercy to His rebellious suffering of our God in the story of servant, and will yet awaken this
Matthew Henry has slumbering conscience, and shed the MARCH-1847.