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ment. I remained silent, covered | My charitable friend accompanied with confusion, and not knowing me home; I wished to be silent; what to say; though at the same when she spoke to me, I answered time feeling the full force of the her with a 'yes' or no.' But when truths be had delivered. He then we had reached my house, and were resuined his address, and said, 'Are now alone in my chamber, I pressed you disposed to perform the penance her hand,as a mark of my gratefulacwhich I shall now enjoin you, for knowledgment for her charity. She the purpose of procuring from God had the cousolatiop 10 see me pour the grace of your conversion ? It forth a food of tears, and I saw that cousists not in fasting, or alms, or she wept with me. Soon after, I prayers, or spiritual reading; will found myself able to open my heart you accept of it? Yes,' I replied, to her; I told her all that the man of I will, I promise to fulfil it;' for God had said to me, and testified the the grace of God had began to touch repugnance I felt at performing the my heart. This, then,' added he, peuance which I bad promised to * is the penance I enjoin you each discharge. Take courage,' said she, morning and evening for eight days, begin by taking the mirror in your you will then come to me again, and hands, wbile ], in the next room, tell me the effect it has produced in will read a chapter in the follow, you. First, each morning and night ing of Clirist,' which I have with me; wash your hands with essenced war in ten mmutes I will return to you, ter, and, at the same time, say to Oh! how long did these ten minutes yourself beautiful hands, you will appear! I had applied no rouge to spon moulder into dust.' Repeat my face that day, nor did it want these words for the space of halt an any; it was as red as scarlet.

My hour, while you employ yourself in good friend returned; I pressed her some manual labour. Secondly, after to let nje hear some instructive lesz this, for a quarter of an hour, sitting son from the book she held in her down, with a looking-glass in your hand. In the chapter wirich she band, or kneeling before a mirror, opened by chance, I food many say, from time to time, handsome truths, wbich seemed written purface and heud, you will soon re, posely for me. Finding myself toucli semble a death's head. I advise ed with them in the most sensible you, moreover, during these eight nanner, I begged her to procure me days, not to make any visit, except the same work, signifying my inof great necessity.' I promised faith- tention of reading a chapter in it fully to fulfil bis advice, and he dis- daily. She immediately requested missed me with these words, which me to accept that very volume, the penetrated to the very bottom of my Imitation or following of Christ,' soul, Go, nay child; do what I which has now for two years been my have recommended to you; I trust, favourite book. My friend,' conall will be well with you in a little ținued she, will you work an hour time.'

with me?' • Have you any work ta 6. As soon as I left the confes- furpish me with?' i confessed that sional, I threw myself upon my I seldom employed myself in work, knees. Alas! this was a posture land was a very poor hand at my had not been in for a long time; I con- needle. Well,' said she, you tinued in it for more than a quarter must now make a beginning; let us of an hour, agitated in an extraordi- each work some liney for the poor.' nary. manper, with my heart ready to During our work we kept strict siburst with grief, yet unable to weep. ) lence for a quarter of 44 hour; this

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was proposed by my friend, no doubt Our catholics have abundant need with the intention of giving me the to practice this moral lesson after more leisure to repeat interiorly, the woful disappointment they have

beautiful hands, you will soon mould lately experienced in both houses der into dust. My virtuous friend of parliament. Four years ago quitted not her charge; while I, al- they lost their bill in the house ready so happily touched by the grace of commons, by a majority of four of God, sighed for the day when I only, whereas the majority against was again to present myself before them there, the other day, was the man of God, offer him the fruits twenty-four. In the house of lords of his former counsel, and receive they made sure of success; whereas from him new lessons of virtue. The here they were minus by no fewer holy man blessed God a thousand than fifty-two voices or proxies; and times for having struck in so forcible many of the latter sort, which were a manner my light and irreligious in readiness against them, were not heart, and followed up with ardent produced. Patience, then, is neceszeal the noble work which he had sary, 'till some great calamity, like begun. With that prudence and the defeat of Saratoga, or the late discretion which form the character tremendous revolution throughout of the true shepherd of souls, he con- Europe, shall have subdued the reducted this poor strayed streep back mainder of protestant bigotry, and to the fold by the way of merey and shall render it necessary to leave compassion. At length, he pro- the defence of Ireland to her owa younced the happy sentence of recon- hardy sons exclusively. ciliation over me, and admitted me And yet, methinks, Mr. Editor, to the banquet of love and mercy.” we are not absolutely reduced to

Thus a new day of bright conso- make a virtue of necessity, as the lation beamed on this child of dark- expression is, since many motives pess; a holy life, full of works of concur to reconcile us to that which mercy for the poor and distressed, is the will of Heaven and of our lesucceeded her former days of vanity gislature; for, 1st, we have not a and folly; the most noble sacrifices hundredth part of the pains and pefulfilled and confirmed her generous nalties to endure for our fidelity to resolution; ber piely gained strength the true system of religion, which from frequent and fervent exercises ; our forefathers suffered; and which and, after two years of happy perseve they suffered, not only with patience, rance in virtue, and the most striking but also with alacrity: --2dly,neither progress in the science of salvation, our civil nor ,our social principles this young convert was looked up to, were calumniated in either house; in the place where she lived, as a mo. on the contrary, we were universally del of perfect piety.

allowed by our opponents to be good

citizens and good subjects; 3dly,our For the Orthodox Journal.

very religion was, to a certain de

gree, respected by them; no one, to MR. EDITOR,

my knowledge, representing it as Levius fit patentiâ

idolatrous, treacherous, or sanguiQuidquid corrigere est nefas.

nary. These motives of consola. This wise sentiment of the Ro- tion, however, are trifling compared man Flaccus our ancestors express- with the following: pamely, that by ed with equal force, in the homely our defeat, we have saved the relirhyme,

gion itself from essential injuries, if What can't be cur'd, must be endur'd,

not from utter ruin. This will appear

evident to every man of sense who dreadful evil, the religion of their recollects the condition on which forefathers, that of the Alfreds and our parliamentary advocate was in the Edwards) which they could de. structed by our managers to pray for vise: and this Mr. Grattan, by what a committee of tho commons to re. he thought due authottty, did assure lieve

us, and who witnessed the dis- them of. In fact, he has been pubpositions of the latter in our regard, licly thanked for what he then said. as expressed by the orators of the In this situation of our religious majority. Mr. Grattan then assur- concerns, what, Mr. Editor, would ed the house that they might, at the have been the consequence of our present day, command the veto, or carrying the question of a commitany other security they might wish tee? Not only the bill and the for. On the other hand, Messrs. oaths, condemned by the pope (after Foster, Webber, &c. no less than being sanctioned by monsigneur the bishops, required that, to make Quarantotti, at the instance of Paul our allegiance perfect, and entitle us M.Pherson and his adherents in Eng. to ema:cipation, we should give up land) would have been brought for. the pope's authority, renounce then ward, but also those other numerous admission of protestant converts into and fatal measures, intimated above, our communion, as also onr doc. with all sir John Hippisley's plans tripal objections to the reformation, of catholic reformation, which he our religious orders, particularly the has been devising and brooding over jesuits, our episcopal synods, &c. &c. for these dozen years past, would In vain had those managers agreed have been incorporated with the bill, on the part of the body, as well as to none of which we could have ob. their own, to the unrestricted vete, jected, after what Mr. Grattan and and the other irreligious and uncon- other parliamentary men had adstitutional clauses of the bill of 1813, vanced in our name, without the (the same bill, framed by Messrs. loudest outcries, echoed throughout Butler and Canping, which was to the nation, of prevarication and perfhave been again brought forward, dy against us. It is certain, however, had the committee taken place); in that nine out of ten amongst us vain had they even violated their would have objected and resisted rule of faith, by forming themselves at every risk. This evidently would into a democratical society for in- have been followed by persecution structing the catholic population with respect to the great majorityofthe from the base text of the bible; in body, and with schism on the part of vain had their director published the rest of them. In the mean time himself a subscriber of two guineas the same fallacious excuse would have to support catholic schools, from been urged by the managers in queswhich catholic pastors and catholic lion which was set up by them when catechisms, by a fundamental law, the foriner bill seemed to be on the are excluded; in vain had they point of passing. They would have made common

cause with hugonot cried out to us,-“We lament the Buonapartists in the south of terms of the emancipation as much France : the whole of this irreligious as you do; - and we are sensible that sacrifice had been offered in vain; they are injurious, and may be fatal it could not lull the green-eyed mon- to the catholic religion; but we ster to sleep. Nothing, then, re- could not help this: the act is a promained but to assure the protestant testant act, made by protestants for laity and bishops, that they might the security of their religion, which have any other security (against this it belongs to them to secure in the most effectual manner they can."- great body of English catholics more Yes, sir, some catholics would have ansious for the small temporal adpretended, as they did pretend four vantages which they would derive years ago, that they had nothing to from the proposed act of parliament, do with protestant securities, after than they are for the safety of that they had invited and pressed protest- religion to which most of their comants to enact whatever conditions of fort in this life, and all their hope emancipation they might think pro for the life to come, is annexed. They per, and even after they had pledged never will preclude theniselves froin themselves cheerfully to concur to expressing their sentiments and such conditions.

prayers to parliament, when they Aware of this danger, certain ca. conceive this to be in danger, howtholics of Warwickshire and Stafford-ever a few persons in this metropolis shire, to the number of about a thou- may think and act in the business. sand, whose example would have Another meas!ıre of the persons in been followed, lad ihe time permit- question, which has been lately tated, throughout England, presented ken, deserves to be attended to.a petition to the two houses of par- Among the subscribers to the petiliament, praying indeed for the eman- tion presented to the legislatare, cipation; but praying still more ear- was a vicár apostolic, who was even nestly that the threatened subjuga supposed to have drawn it up and tion of their religion might not take procured many signaturcs, particuplace. This wise precaution, aslarly of the catholic clergy, to it. inight be expected, proved doubly | There was, of course, an absolute offensive to the persons alluded to. necessity of fixing a stigma upon It proved that the English, no less him. But, how was this to be effectthan the Irish catholics, were averse ed? He could not be directly oeato the subjugation in question, and sured for the exercise of a constituit demonstrated, that those who had tional right which the legislature beretofore undertaken to think and had approved of, by receiving the peto act for the English catholics, weretition, and ordering it to be printed. not, in fact, their authorized repre. The only resource, then, which resentatives. It was most of all offen- mained, was to give a féeble backsive to one genileman of the law, kanded blow to the prelate, by votwho, for these thirty years past has ing thanks to one of his colleagues claimed it, as his right, to draw up who had not remonstrated to parthe petitions, resolutions, and ad- | liament against the threatened bill; dresses of his catholic countrymen, and this has been done accordingly. but who was not employed on this It remains to be seen what effect this occasion. To prevent such acts of measure will produce on each of the presumption in future, nothing has prelates : how far it will depress the been thought more effectual than to former and elate the latter. Thus form affiliated societies of catholics much we may venture to affirm, that throughout England, dependent on the latter will not bang up the emblathe London board ; ard it is under- zoned vellum, containing the thanks, stood that this measure has been re- among the pious pictures in his ora

Supposing, however, tory, and that he will not send it to that it can be putin execution, wbich the Scotch agent to be presented to is exceedingly doubtful, we may safe- certain eminent personages. I am, ly affirm that it will never answer the sir,

AN OBSERVER. purpose of its proposers, unless the latter can succeed in making the

solved upon.

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Dr. Poynter will only intimate a wish MR. EDITOR, -Not merely as. that these expressions be made corpersed, but loaded as I am with ca. rect, the pages shall be instantly callJuninies, and assailed by hosts of celled. His lordship, however, has enemies of every form, class, charac. never even condescended to' inforin ter, and religion, I should not have bimself of the amendments I have obtruded myself on the attention of or have not introduced into the your readers, in the present number works, and never having once spoken of your Journal, did I not conceive to me on the subject since my rethat respect to the public and to re- turn from the holy see to England, I ligion calis upon me to notice one see not on what foundation he has particular point of Dr. Poynter's late denounced me in his pastoral as 'he pastoral, printed in your last, in has done. It is painful, however, for which I am charged before the whole me to dwell upon this disedifying catholic body of the united kingdom subject; the rest of this publication with having refused, or neglected to is equally at variance with all that correct, in my published works, some is recorded in my knowledge and re

errors contrary to the faith and collection of facts. dactrine of the catholic church," There is one circumstance, bowwhich tie bishop says he had point- ever, which I may be here allowed to ed out to me.

mention, because it appears to have I must declare, then, most solemn- escaped Dr, Poynter's memory in his ly, that Dr. Poynter's memory and detail of proceedings, and forms one my own are totally at variance as to instance among many of his lordship’s the fact, and that, notwithstanding defective recollection. The FACT my repeated entreaties to be made is simply this, that during last winacquainted with errors, if any exist ter Dr. Poynter appealed on this in my works of the nature in question, very question from the propagande not one bas ever been communicated to the pope in person, through carto me by Dr. Poynter, or by any other dinal Consalvi. Now, if the pastoindividual. All that liis lordship ral give a true account of things, it has ever wotified to me in writing must be allowed, I think, that Dr. has been, that errors were to be Poynter had no reason to be dissafound in the works, and when press- tisfied with the Propaganda, and that ed by myself to show them, he has this appeal was made without a momentioned a few inaccuracies of ex- tive. Whereas, if a motive did ex. pression, with some mistakes of the ist, or if it was because Dr. Poynter press, particularly one in the third feli dissatisfied with the decisions of volume of the sermons, where ele- that sacred congregation (to which ments has been printed for accidents, our missions are subject,”) then, acand another in the prayer-book, cording to commou fairuess and juswhere in page 252 the words, for the tice, this circumstance, so favourathing offered, should have been pre- ble to my honour and cause, should ceded by first as to the matar of the have been stated. Excuse me, Mr. sacrifice. I again solemuly assert, Editor, and allow me to remain, that I believe these to be the most your obedient humble servant, important of the errors existing in

PETER GANDOLPHI, my two works against the faith and East Sheen, June 23, 1817.

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