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is as absurd as it is unjust. It is at- | it: all that we have learnt is, that tempting to produce the shadow of there is a committee of finance, com

shade! It inay answer your pur- posed of members of the board. I pose of deceiving the nation into an am as far, sir, from doubting of the opinion that you are the catholics of soundness of the catholic board, as I England, but the hundreds of thou- am of the soundness of his majesty's sands, who really constitute this board of exchequer; but as the sysbody, must and will, for the safety of tem of implicit confidence is justly their religion, resist the attempt.- exploded with respect to the finances It appears from your printed paper of the nation, so it ought to be with that two country gentlemen, ihe respect to those of our little body, Rev, Mr. Dunn, of Preston, and Mr. Perhaps a few leading questions or Rosson, of Liverpool, were active in hints may shorten the proposed incarrying the resolution. What the vestigation. Mr. Silvertop, the former good-natured gentleman may mover of the resolution, pleads the effect for the board in his former necessity of money, in order to refute congregation I cannot tell : he may the encreasing libels and misstateengage them, for any thing I know, ments on the character and princito consent to all the reformations de- ples of catholics. But what refutavised by the busy baronet, and, tions of this kind has he or his friends among the rest, for the persecution of the board put forth since their asof a certain meritorious body of sociation. The editor of the Ortho, ecclesiastics, which is known to be an dox Journal indeed, is month after essential part of his plan; but, 1 month laudably and powerfully emcan venture to say, that Mr. Rosson ployed in publishing such essays ; will never engage any comparative but I have no reason to believe that number of the catholics of Liverpool the finances of the board are one shilto bind themselves to the resolves of ling the poorer for any thing which the junto which voted the 5th reso- he has received from it. About two lution and the bill of 1813.

years ago a learned gentleman of the Come we now to the business of catholic party, J.J. D. insisted upon June 16th, in which I and a great being paid £300 for alledged service, many more of my friends and neigh- and I believe he actually recovered bours, including several of the clergy, that sum from the board. They are deeply interested. It seems, Iben, may know what this gentleman's serthat the funds to which we have con- vices are, but, I am confident, the tributed are exhausted, that the se- body knows of none.

Again, it is cretary has been obliged to advance publicly known that Mr. M.Pherson sederal hundreds of his own, and came express from Romé !o bring that, after all, large debts, due from signior Quarantotti's famous rescript, the bourd, remain to be paid. In the same which the pope soon after short, we are called upon, from the disavowed, and that he was sent back highest to the lowest, at this time of thither, post haste, to help the same general distress, to contribute our cause of the veto; as was, soon after, money, in order to relieve the wants another more respectable character; of the board. Things being so, I and, though a special subscription am bold to say, Mr. Editor, thai, it was set on foot for the latter, there is there ever was a matter which de- reason to believe that it was far from manded inquiry, it is this. So far covering his expeoses. Again, the from knowing how our money has above-named Scotchman is said pubbeen spent, we have hitherto not licly to declare himself, and to act as known who has had the spending of the official envoy of the whole catho

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lic body! Now all this, Mr. Editor, 1 P.S. One of the resolutions 'res clearly announces a very great ex- ferred to consists of a high-flown but penditure, which must be made good equivocal vote of compliments, which, by the committee of finance, at the from the recorded sentiments of its sanie time that the expenditure is movers, cannot be understood withobviously made contrary to the out an explanation. In short, it is known wishes and true interests of one of those compliments which a the catholic body. I have also heard celebrated author says, makes a of bills brought in and paid for tra- Frenchman smile and bow, but velling and other expences on other which makes an Englishman knit still more important occasions, of his brows and think ! which I will say no more than that they are precisely the occasions on Forma Declarationis a R. D. Petro which we would wish not to hear of Gandolphy Eliciendæ. any money transactions, But, to make an end, I strongly protest, Mr. Ego infrascriptus ardenter cupiEditor, that I will not promote or ens Rmo. ' Dno. episcopo Haliensi countenance in my populous parish vicario apostolico Londini, præsuli any such sub-commiitee of the Lon- meo, ex animo reconciliari, fateor, don board, as it has resolved on ap- ac declarn, mibi ab aliquibus perpointing; and that I am determined suasum fuisse, approbationem meonot to raise or advise the contribution rum operum, quibus titulus - Exof

any money among the catholics positio Liturgiæ et Defensio antito whom my influence extends, for quæ Fidei, quam Romæ a Rmo. the use of the board, until it gives a S. P. A. Magistro obtinui, idem plane satisfactory account of the monies esse ac sedis Aplicæ. adprobationem: it has already received, and until qua opinione fretus, putavi, opera there is a sufficient pledge that what ipsa immerito ab antistite meo damit may receive in future shall be ex- nari, ac prohiberi, eique propterea pended according to the known wishes me objeci. At fateor, me deceptum of the catholic clergy and laity of the fuisse, et quam obtinui adprobationem, kingdom. These sentiments

, I am talem non esse, ut vere dici possit well assured, are those of nearly all suprema ac definitiva S. sedis adthe catholic clergy and laity in Eng- probatio. Re enim vera aliquando and and Scotland.

opera, quæ cum venia ejusdemn R. I fear, Mr. Editor, that your pub- Magistri edita sunt, - judicio S S. lishing this plain but unanswerable Congregum. vetita deinde, atque imletter will encrease the outcry that probata fuerunt. Nunc igitur errore is raised by a certain party, who, in- detecto, in queni me adduxerunt, vestead of refuting your arguments niam humiliter peto ab eodem Rmo. endeavour to stifle your voice; but Episcopo de nea inobedientia, ac de let such persons reflect for a moment is omuibus, in quibus illum quoquo on the inconsistency of their conduct. modo offendi, ejusque restiti auctoriThey incessantly reproach parliament tati; et quidquid in monito a me with injustice for refusing certain edito ad populum die 5 Octobris, constitutional rights, in the mean 1816, et in aliis quibuslibet, vel in time they are exerting a domestic illum, vel in aliquos ex clero protuli, tyranny over the mass of their own sponte revuco, ac retracto. Proinit. people, and trying to rob us of the to me imposterum onine obsequium, first of our constitutional privileges, ac subjectioneni eidem sincero animo the liberty of the press. I am, sir, præstiturum; et menda quæque sive truly, A COUNTRY CATHOLIC errores, qui in iisdem operibus a S.

July 10, 1817. CLERGYMAN. sede,' vel a præsule meo notati fuerint, me prompte, ac fideliter correc- ! I have advanced in my printed at turum. Interim a promovenda eorum- dress to the public of the 5th of dum operum evulgatione, quantum October, 1816, and in any other of in me est, penitus abstinebo, donec my publications, either against him ea legitimne castigata non fuerint. or against any of the clergy. I proDenisse rogo præsulem meum, ut mise that I will in future sincerely mribi clementer ignoscat, et in suam show him all obedience and subjecgratiam, ut spero, benigne recipiat. tion, that I will readily and faithfully

Petrus GANDOLPHY. correet any mistakes or errors, which Londini, die Sva Julii, 1817. shall be pointed out in the same

works by the holy see or by my own & TRANSLATION. prelate. In the mean time, as far as

it depends upon me, I will entirely Form of Declaration to be made by refrain from promoting the circulathe Rev. Peter Gandolphy. tion of the same works as long as

they shall not have been lawfully I, the undersigned, ardently wish- corrected. I humbly entrent my preing to be sincerely reconciled to my late that he will kindly forgive me, prelate, the right reverend lord bishop and, as I bope, graciously receive me of Halia, the vicar apostolic of I.on- into his favour. don, do profess and declare, that I was by some persons, led into the THE HAPPY NOVICE.-AN AIR. persuasion, that the approbation of

When reflection recalls those sad hours I've my works, entitled " Exposition of

squandered, [the tears flow; Liturgy" and " Defence of the An

How swells my sad heart, and how fast cient Faitb,” which I obtained, at A stranger to peace and content have I Rome, from the most reverend mas


(never no! ter of the sacred apostolic palace, In pursuit of a phantom whole years have

Can I e'er cease regretting? Ono, was exactly the same as the appro- I wasted,

[show; bation of ihe apostolic see; on the I sought it in pleasure, amusement and ground of which opinion, I thought But ne'er in those scenes any sweets have

I tasted, that these works were undeservedly

Or found but affliction-0 no, never no! condemned and prohibited by my bishop, and on that account I op

At length in Religion's sure path having entered,

[low; posed bim. But I acknowledge that

I find all that bliss I can hope for heI was deceived, and that the appro- In my God all my hopes, all my joys are bation which I obtained, was not

now centred,

(verno! such as may be truly called the şu: To serve such a master.

Can I e'er cease to love him ? O no, ne

inj»ý or in sorrow, preme and definitive approbation of

All love and obedience in future I'll show, ihe holy see.

For in reality some And ne'er feel a pang for the fate of to. times works, which have been published with the licence of the same

Or repent of my vows- no, never no! reverend master, have been afterwards When death with its terrors shall hang on probibited and condemned by a seni- my pillow,

[blow tence of the sacred congregations. Resigning my banes to lie under the wil,

Undisturb'd at his dart l'll meet the dire Now, therefore, having detected the

low, *

[never po! error, into which they led me, I hum

Where nought shall disturb theia - no, bly beg pardon of lhe same right That God for whose sake worldly toys i

have quitted, reverend bishop, for my disobedience,

(do bestow,

Who rewards even here hundred folds and for every particular in which will Helet my soul die unpardon’d,unpitied, have in any manner offended him, Or refuse me his mercy? O no, dever 10. and resisted bis authority; and I

* A Willow overspreads the burying grouend of willingly recall and retract whatever

a Conveut.



This mo

JHE events disclosed in the pre- affixing the name of sir 3. C. Hip-

sent month have been so nu- pisley to an harangte fraught with merous, and are of so interesting malignant invective on the conduct and momentous a nature, that we of several of the best and most have felt it our duty to devote a con- courageous defenders of catholicity siderable


of this number in 're- the present age can boast. cording them. The reader will find dern mode of attacking individuals that the banishment of the reverend in a way which they have not the Mr. Hayes from Rome, which some means of repelling, is neither just individuals, on the first arrival of the nor honourable, and betrays a cow. news, were unwilling to credit, and ardly conviction, on the part of the therefore considered it a hoax, is speaker, of his inability to meet his confirmed under circumstances which adversaries in the open field of literamust refleet indelible disgrace on the ry warfare. Anotherunfair advantage ministers of the pope, and on all arising from this mode is, that the those of our countrymen who had slander is circulated through the ang share in the transaction, but medium of the daily press to every more especially such as profess to corner of the kingdom, while the believe in the unbending principles refutation is restricted to a small of the catholic church, which are proportion of the public. As to ouro ever opposed to the intrigues of cor- selves, we conceive it to be the highruption and oppression, though un- est mark of integrity which a sincere fortunately too many of her believ. catholic could covet, to obtain the ers, both clergy and laity, are censure of such a character, whose guilty of such unhallowed practises insinuations would be unworthy of to forward their own sensual grati- notice, were it not well known that fications and temporal interests. he is connected with, and encouFor our own parts, detesting from raged by, a faction existing in the our hearts every species of injustice catholic body. In his attack on or chicanery, whether committed by Dr. Milner, the baronet is reported a Roman cardinal secretary, or an in The Globe paper to assert, that in English foreign minister----a Scotch solemn address to the members priest, or an English barrister-a of the house, Dr. M. was pleased vicar Apostolic, or a lay baronet. coarsely to accuse sir I. C. Hippisa public body, or a private club- ley with the wilful statement of an we here protest against the lawless untruth. Sir J. H. read the original and despotic proceedings touching words of archbishop Egan's letter, the delegate of the Irish catholics, as which Dr. Milner attempted to contrary to every sentiment of 're- fasten on him as a fabrication." ligion and humanity. Disgraceful, We have referred to this solemn adhowever, as this transaction must dress, or Humble 'Remonstrance of a appear in the view of every friend to native catholic prelate, and in a liberty and justice, we understand note, p. 30, we find him stating, that that a certain busy baronet assumes “ Sir J. C. Hippisley, in his printed all the credit of Mr. Hayes's expul- speech in 1810, asserts, that an sion to himself. But this ought not alien bishop was sent by Rome on a to surprise us when we see the ren private mission into Ireland in 1794.' porters of parliamentary speeches Nothing (adds the prelate) is more


false: the sum of the business is, representation. For we appeal to that Dr. Tehan, a native of Ireland, the declaration which the reverend and resident in Kerry, was requested author has signed, (see page 269) in to settle some ecclesiastical dispute doing which he has performed an which had happened in Connaught." edifying act of submission to eccleNow here is not a word about the siastical authority, and challenge statement being made wilfully, but the baronet to substantiate from it that it was made, we have the speech any one of his assertions, with the of the honourable baronet before us, exception of the author's retraclaas a voucher; neither is there any tion of any personal offence which accusation advanced against sir J. H. he may have been guilty of towards of fabricating letters. What ne- his superior and clerical brethren in cessity was there, then, for him to his printed publications. On the read a document which was not dis- contrary, so far from the works puted ? Ought he not rather to have having been censured by the same proved that Dr. Tehan, (not Egan) authority which before approved of was neither a native of Ireland nor a them, the approbations are establishresident therein; but an alien sent ed by this declaration, and we can from a foreign country, which it safely assert, that the works are at will be difficult for him to do; or this moment in very high estimation else candidly acknowledge the error at Rome, that they have received the into which he had fallen? Much unqualified praise of several of the more to the credit of the baronet | Irish prelates, and that they are would it be, were he to imitate the much esteemed by many eminent well-known candour of the illustri- divines in this country. The fact is, ous individual he so unjustly çen- that no writer's works have undergures, in correcting the mistakes he gone so rigid an ordeal as Mr. Ganmay inadvertently have committed, dolphy's “ Defence of the Ancient instead of attempting to white-wash Faith;" but to this day, we have his own character by attempting to reason to believe, not one erroneous blacken those of his adversaries. point of doctrine has been officially

Again, sir J. H. is made to say that notified to the author, who has al. it was fortunate for the catholics and ways professed his readiness to corthe public, “though Mr. Gandol- rect any faults, whenever properly phy's works had surtively obtained specified to him. So much for the the official imprimatur of Rome, he accuracy of the baronet's statement now stood censured by the same au of the fate of Mr. G.'s works. Hapo thority, and was ordered to suppress pily for the catholic cause, Mr. G. his books, and make a formal and has been restored to his faculties by public recantation of his errors to his vicar apostolic, and we sincerely his immediate superior, the vicar congratulate the body on this pleasapostolic of his district. Such was ing event, at the same time hoping the fate of Mr. Gandolphy's works all past differences will now drop at one moment declared to be fit into oblivion, as our common eneto be enclosed in cedar and gold mies ought not to triumph by our at the next doomed to censure and domestic dissensious. abrogation." If the circumstance Having said enough to invalidate thus stated is a fortunate one for the charges which the honourable the catholics, it is certainly an unfor- baronet is said to have brought tunate one for the honourable ba- against two eminent and zealous adronet, as the statement imputed to vocates for the purity of the dochim abounds in falsehood and mis- trine and discipline of our church,

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