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lency Moore's Lord Belzebub's letter to the Brunswick Club, and its

"Who the devil, he humbly begs to know,

Are Lord Gl-nd-ne, and Lord Dunlo?" whom Lord Belzebub classed among the not "decent lords" and "rubbishy baronets" of the club. His lordship (not Belzebub, but Clancarty), with that blundering which distinguishes bucolic Irish peers, thus delivered himself, and I beg you to note the admission that advantage was taken of the terrible famine to gain followers to Protestantism. Lord Clancarty said (I quote from the Warder of April 25th) :

It was not the needs of the metropolis of Dublin that first called the attention of Englishmen to the spiritual wants of Ireland; it was, as I understand, in viewing the wants of the far west that my rev. friend Mr. Dallas, and another rev. friend, became acquainted with those wants-they saw what darkness overspread the far west of Ireland, and they determined to endeavour to spread the light of the gospel in those parts (hear, hear). The society was not an immediate consequence of their visit; nor was it an immediate consequence of the great visitation that subsequently took place -I mean the famine; but it first called their attention to the spiritual wants of the people; and when the English people opened their resources to relieve the wants of the starving Irish people, those who administered to the wants of the body became further acquainted with the still greater wants of the soul (hear, hear). They saw that if bread were wanting for the body, the bread of life was wanting for the soul (applause); and it is some comfort to think that if the great calamity brought many to an untimely grave, many have received the light of life (hear, hear, and applause.)

Your Excellency has now the whole secret. Food and the Bible; soup and sanctification; stirabout and the bread of life! I have no doubt that numbers of well-meaning Englishmen subscribe to this sanctimonious swindle, and believe they are actually helping to make honest Protestants. I know that men who were once Catholics, and some who were Catholic priests, belong to this society, and we have them on the platform, spouting against Rome with all that rancour of hatred which Byron expressed when he writes of Alp, the renegade

"He stood a foe, with all the zeal

Which young and fiery converts feel."

I know the things told at these meetings all pass for truth. The speakers spare no protestations of success, and there is no man like the proprietor of shares in soup and sanctification for, in Stock Exchange parlance, "rigging the market." From the young Scripture-reader, who is

learning his "daddy mammy" upon the "drum ecclesiastick," to the first fiddle of the great choir of cherubim in white chokers, who love God, and don't love their neighbours, all are ready to pledge themselves to the success of the society, and take every opportunity, in season and out of season, to render themselves a nuisance to the people of Ireland. Take, for example, the following passage from the speech of the Rev. Mr. Mac Carthy, delivered at the meeting at which Lord Clancarty presided:

Contemporaneously two pastorals appeared from Dr. Cullen; one stated that their controversial classes were conducted in a very extraordinary way -that in fact the pretended Roman Catholics who came forward were persons engaged by them for the purpose of misrepresenting the Church of Rome, that their agents and themselves should have an easy victory over the arguments put forward by these sham Roman Catholics. Well, be (Mr. MacCarthy) thought that was coming to very close quarters, and accordingly sent a letter to Dr. Cullen, in which he made three propositions on behalf of the society, the last being that he should join in half the expense of procuring a room in the Rotundo where they could have convenient ground to discuss the points at issue; that he could have his priests on one side, and they would be on the other, and there they would have a free stage and no favour, for a full discussion of the whole controversy (hear, hear). And he just put it to him that if he did not adopt any of the plans proposed he would be practically giving up the defensibility of his system. He sent him that letter on Friday evening, and the next morning he thought it would not be a bad step to pay him a visit in person (laughter), and so Mr. Rogers, Mr. Vickers, and himself, resolved to go and wait upon his grace (hear, hear). They had no anticipation of having a personal interview with him. They could not expect such an honour. They were satisfied that on being announced he should have asked their names and their business, and that of course should be a bar to their entrance to his presence, and if he were out they resolved to leave their names, and promise to call again. But, in order to meet any difficulty that might occur, they thought it well that some of the Scripture-readers should accompany them, not to defend them, but in order to make their business public, and that the whole street might be cognisant of it (hear, hear). However, just as the got into the hall of Dr. Cullen's residence, and were writing their names on their cards who should come in upon them but Dr. Cullen himself (laughter). He stood confronting the three of them. He (M. MacCarthy) said they had come to have some conversation with him on a matter of business. Dr. Cullen took off his hat very politely, and said he did not know their names. He told him their names, and added that their business had reference to a statement he had put forward, that they had distorted and misrepresented the doctrines of the Church of Rome. So, he replied, "Whatever you have to say write, and let the public judge." He complained particularly of their hand bills misrepresenting the Roman Catholic religion, and containing insults offered to the blessed Virgin. He (Mr. MacCarthy) remarked that a little explanation would settle the whole matter, for they were careful to take their statements of the Roman Catholic doctrines from Roman Catholic books. The general principle of their controversy was to beat Roman Catholics on their own ground (hear, hear). Dr.

Well, he

Cullen said their placards ignored the ninth commandment. was beginning to be puzzled about the number of the commandments. He knew that the Church of Rome divided some of them and clipped others. However Dr. Cullen saved him further trouble by saying, "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbours." He adopted the Protestant division, he supposed, as a concession to their prejudices (laughter). Mr. Rogers and Mr. Vickers said several things to him also, and the latter asked him if he would undertake to answer the statements put forward? "No," said he after some hesitation, "I will not do any such thing." He (Mr. MacCarthy) then said that that was the very point they themselves came to complain of, that he violated the ninth commandment by charging them with distortion and misrepresentation, and offering insults to the blessed Virgin. So then he bid them good morning, and said he was not in the habit of retailing lies. He put on his hat, walked to the stairs, and turning round said something which did not reach them. They made their bow, exeunt omnes, saying they would write according to his suggestion. Now. the Freeman's Journal, in giving an account of the interview, said Dr. Cullen ordered his servant to turn them out; but he did no such thing. He was quite polite until he became a little excited, but he really said nothing offensive. He (Mr. MacCarthy) sent him another letter, which was returned to him unopened. Thinking that that was done by

his servant he wrote again, asking whether he had authorised such an act, or whether it had been done dishonestly by his servant. To that he had got no reply (hear).

Can your Excellency imagine anything more absurd? Fancy any Catholic priest in London forcing himself into Lambeth Palace, and "tackling" the archbishop in his own hall. Your Excellency is a polite man; the Archbishop of Canterbury may be a mild man; but certainly if such a piece of insolence had been done to the Hotspur of Exeter, the person perpetrating it would find himself ejected without delay, and our verdict would be, serve him right.

But it is not in visits to Dr. Cullen that these people employ themselves. They force themselves into the houses of the poor, and begin by insulting the religious feelings of those amongst whom they thrust themselves. Canon Mac Cabe, the parish priest of Francis-street, tells the public, through the Freeman's Journal, that a Scripture-reader said to a poor woman, "Did you ever see the Pope of Rome?" 'No," was the answer. "Well," pointing to a large dog, "there he is." Consider the effect of this upon an excitable people. A lady complained to a poor woman that some plain work which she had given her was brought home very much soiled about the stitches. "Why, then," said she, "shure while I was sewin' it, two swaddler ladies came into the room, and began abusin' the Blessed Virgin, and sayin' she had other childhren besides the Redeemer; and shure my hand

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got so hot, and I was so fidgety, I made all the end of the work dirty." Why," said the lady, "did you not tell them to go away?" "Oh, shure I did, an' they wouldn't." "Well, why did you not call a policeman?" "Oh, faix I couldn't, but shure while they wor talkin', I was sayin', Mary, conceived without sin, pray for me." The neighbours all know these things; they canvass them; they see the Scripture-reader entering the house; they see placards affectionately inviting" the Catholics to attend the mission, to hear their religion maligned, and containing such propositions as these following;

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Popery teaches that oaths to Heretics can be dispensed by the Pope.

Popery teaches that allegiance to an Heretical Monarch is not binding in conscience.

Popery teaches that mental reservation towards Heretics is not only not sinful but even meritorious when the good of the Church requires it.

The Church of Rome not only grants pardon for all past crimes, but even grants a license for all future sins by paying to the Priest a given sum of money.

At different periods during the Middle Ages the Popish Church freely granted pardon to public murderers by their endowing Monasteries, and by paying certain sums of money to the Pope.

In several countries on the Continent of Europe, the Nunneries are the seats of the grossest immorality.

The Popish Mass is an invention of the Priests for personal homage; and a diabolical doctrine of grovelling idolatry.

But these are nothing in atrocity to the following, which might be read last May on every posting place from the College to Merrion :—

Irish Church Missions to the Roman Catholics.

Mr. George M'Guigan will preside at the Discussion Meeting, in Irishtown Schoolhouse, near Irishtown Church, on this (Wednesday evening,) May 20, 1857, at half-past seven o'clock.

Subject Is there a Purgatory?"

If the Priests of the Church of Rome have the power to take a soul out of Purgatory, why have they left the soul of the late Dr. Murray so long in torment?

Your Excellency knew the late Archbishop; Fenelon, or Francis de Sales was not more prudent, mild, and inoffensive; and we may say of him, as Fuller said of his Good Bishop"His life was so spotless that malice is angry with him, because she cannot be angry with him." The ruffianism employed in private may be judged from the ruffianism thus daringly ex

hibited in public. Could your Excellency wonder if Mr. George M'Guigan's poster had produced results, strikingly displayed upon himself, on his audience, or on the Irishtown school-house?

But these people do not confine themselves to their churches and schoolhouses. When the high tide of Sunday fashion sets in on Kingstown pier; when our tremendous young Crimean heroes, all hair, teeth, and pluck, like so many Skye terriers, are parading the esplanade, then amidst the swell of crinoline, the fall of lace, the mingled odour of sea-weed and Frangipinni, of pitch and eau-de-Cologne, there arises a Dr. Cantwell-looking personage in a white-cravat, but above the vanity of a bow-knot or of a shirt-collar, and supported by a few men and a few elderly maidens, who hold his cloak or umbrella; he turns up his eyes, clears his voice, and reads the gospel of the day. Scoffing, sneering, hustling, are going on all around, and, eventually, the speaker is obliged to decamp, after having insulted the feelings of the vast majority of those who wish to enjoy the air and sunshine, which God sends them, undisturbed by the mouthing of the rogue or of the fanatic. To one who can look on without being offended, the scene is suggestive of the inimitable letter in Humphry Clinker in which Matt. Bramble describes to Dr. Lewis, Humphry's preaching to Tabitha and Winifred Jenkins, and will amply repay your Excellency, if you can for once, à la Haroun Alraschid, become an auditor and spectator. But there are those who cannot listen and smile; and breaches of the peace have more than once occurred.

But if your Excellency could forget, or excuse, all the incentives to breaches of the peace, of which these absurd people are the sources, a recent outrage has served to place them and their teaching in a light which cannot be overlooked. The following passage from the Freeman's Journal will explain the matter to which I refer :

The cause of the great excitement which has been disturbing the peace of the city for the last three weeks, has arisen out of the following wanton and sacrilegious outrage:-On the 25th of March lastthe Feast of the Annunciation-a disciple of the Coombe proselytisers went into the Church of St Nicholas, Francis-street, and approached the altar rails for the apparent purpose of receiving the Holy communion. Immediately after receiving it from the clergyman, he left the church, and, taking the sacred elements out of his mouth, placed them in his handkerchief, but finding that they had become too moist and had adhered to the handkerchief, he went off at once to the

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