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nions and in Rome.--"Salvator Mundi, for neither of the British agents would salvi ecclesiam tuam!

take the responsibility on themselves, “This is the first attempt lord Castle through fear of parliamentary inquiry, reagh_has made to try the pulse of with which I threatened them--the ca Rome, (as he hinted in his last speech,) lumnies, threats, offers of money, and and it has succeeded, perhaps, beyond every convenience held out to me by his hopes. The next will be, as I can the Roman government-the close cona state upon an authority which never finement, restriction, threats of criminat failed me, to nominate coadjutors to prosecution--the delusive hopes given doctor Poynter and co. in England and me in case I made an apology for my Scotland, and then Ireland comes into conduct, that so they might justify their his lordship’s train as a matter of course. own; the siege I stood against a host My firm persuasion is (grounded on of policemen, when, I locked myself facts which have come to my know- up in the convent on the 24th May, ledge-upon my knowledge of the tem- which, on my falliug sick, was taken by per and subserviency of the authorities escalade at midnight, on the 28th. In here, as well as the activity of the Eng. a word, the fair and foul means con lish agents) that, perhaps, before next stantly, resorted 10 during my eight session, the crown will obtain, not the weeks imprisonment, in order to tire me veto, (loid Castlereagh looks upon it out, and make me go off without force, now as a trifle,) but the direct nomina- would fill a volume. But I forced them tion; and the tools who expect eman- to that pass which cardinal Gonsalvi so cipation, as a return for the bargain, much sought to avoid, viz. the public will be completely disappointed. You eclat of a military deportation, for he see what is lost by a dereliction of prin- could not recede after he had once comciple, and by bending to what is called mitted himself by arresting me." expediency.

"I have written hastily and I am The following letter, addresed by aware the magnitude of the subjects on the right reverend doctor Coppinger which I have touched will demand a

to his venerated colleagues, has apmuch fuller and more explicit developement; but confined as I am to such peared in the Irish

papers : narrow limits, I can only cursorily TO THE MOST REV. AND RIGHT glance at matters, which, if fully de

REV. THE ROMAN CATHOLIC

BISHOPS OF IRELAND. scribed, and followed in their conse

MY DEAR AND HONOURED LORDS,-ID quences, must make upon Ireland a

a crisis like the present, when our religion very strong impression. With respect is more forinidably threatened than at any to myself, I shall ouly give you a very period' heretofore in the records of our nabrief account.

tional sufferings, an old member of your “ I was carried out of the Roman body may, without the imputation of cak states on the 16th inst. by an under | pable obtrasion, humbly suggest to your officer of the gendarmerie, whom they lordships what he conceives to be imperán call a brigadier, armed with charged tively required of us, as an additional, if His orders were on his strictest responsi- land is confessedly a national church; our firelock and pistol, sabre and bayonet. not perhaps a last effort against the coming

evil. The Roman catholic church of Irebility, to watch me closely, sleep in the hierarchy has continued unbroken, through same room, or in the same bed, with

every political convulsion, to the present the key in his pocket, and not to let me day. This is a profouod eminence ; wherespeak to a human being, particularly in as, then, by the special providence of God, public Afier four days he landed me we can take our stand upon it; let us, in Tuscany, put into my hands a pass- while we firmly occupy that bigh ground, port of banishment, and I arrived at participating, as we naturally most, in the Florence on the 21st of July.

sentiments of indignation which now per“ The incidents of this affair from vade the Roman catholic people of Irethe commencement-my protests before

Jand, at seeing their dearest interest, their 'my arrest to the British consul general trary for temporal affairs, associated with

spiritual conceros, handed over to a secrė. Parke against Ompteda, apd to cardi, such incompetent assessors, let us enter our nal Gonsalvi, against both the loss of most solemo protest against that unpreceGonsalvi to find a plausible motive, dented seasure : let our clergy and our

our re

people speak out in unison with us : we to add, without intending to give the least have all a right to coinplain. To this pro- offence that I am strongly impressed with cedure of the court of Rome we cannot, in the idea of the evil likely to arise from the my humble opinion, conscientiously ac- premature publication of the address to cede; it would be a betraying of our ihe bishops, which, however guardedly trust, a criminal disregard of those souls expressed, cannot fail to furnish the friends for whose salvation upon our own, we are of vetoism with the pretext for asserting, respousible, When, therefore,

what bas beep urged with great success in peated delegations, our reiterated and

a certain quarter, that the bishops are not most forcible remanstrances hitherto have free, and that their resolves are the effect proved ineffectual, what else remains for of intimidation. Far from my native home us now than the measure I have here pre- I have rebutted the false assertion, mainsumed to suggest ? Let us then assemble, tained the freedom and independence of forth with, in some central spot of our re- the Irish prelacy, and justified the upright spective provioces, accompanied by a cer: intentions of the gentlemen composing the tain number of our clergy ; and let us send catholic board. I have the honour to reforward to Rome these our firm and ac- main, dear sir, your humble servant, cordant protests from the four quarters of

“JOAN MURPHY," the kingdom. Our common father cannot be ioattentive to such language from such

FROM THE CATHOLIC ARCH. a long-tried portion of his faithful children.

BISHOP OF TUAM. If success crowns our eļorts, the triumph will be glorious indeed ; if discomfiture

Tuam, July 26, 1817, awaits us, we shall at least enjoy the con.

« SIR,-Being abseot from this town for solation of having done our duty. What

the last three weeks, I had not the honour ever be the issue, we shall rise and fall

ofreceiving your letter of the 15th instant, with the catholic people of Irelaod. I

until my return hither on this day; I bave the honour to be, my dear lords, most

lament, extremely, that the present poscordially and ioviolably, your faithful

ture of catholic affairs in this country humble servant, WM. COPPINGER.

should appear so critical to the catholic Cove, July 25, 1817.

board, as to fill them with astonishment, alarm, and regret. Hopes had been enter

tained that the reiterated resolutions, reSince our last, letters have been monstrances, and addresses, which, since received by Mr. Hay, secretary to the year 1803, had been from time to time catholics of Ireland, from the under- unanimously agreed upon by the Roman mentioned prelates.

catholic prelates of Ireland, that the two successive delegations which had been sent

to Rome, to hold personal and frequent in. FROM THE CATHOLIC BISHOP OF terviews with the supreme pontiff, on the CORK.

momentous concerns of our church ; and " Cork, July 26, 1817. finally, that the tender of domestic nomina“ DEAR SIR, -The circular of the ca- tion which has been latterly made by the tholic board, addressed to the catholic bi- Irish prelacy in conjunction with their shops of Irelaod, urging upon their consi• clergs, would not only satisfy the governderation the critical circumstances in ment of the country as to the loyalty of the which at present are involved the dearest catholic priesthood, but would likewise interests of religion, reached my house on convince the catholic people of Ireland the 18th jostant, I was then ja the country, that their pastors were determined to make and received it on the 20th.

no sacrifice wbich might compromise or “ Conscious of the reiterated declara- endanger the safety and integrity of the tions of my brother prelates, ignorant religion which they profess,and which they what further steps were within their reach, are bound to preserve inviolate, at the exand wisbing to ascertain whether it was pease of their lives. their intention to hold a general meeting, I

“ How far the concession of domestic deferred delivering my individual senti. nomination would satisfy the government of ments, conceiving it most becoming that the country, is a question I profess myself tbose of the episcopal body should be totally ignorant of ; but, from the tepor of communicated by a general declaration. your communication, I should suppose,

“ However, as some bishops have made that the coursewhich has been hitherto purindividual answers, although the idea of a sued by the Irish catholic prelates, is not general meeting is entertained, I shall sufficiently comprehensive to meet the declare that I sincerely lament the circum-wishes uf the catholic board. What furstances which have led to the defeat of ther measures may be resorted to by the domestic nomioation, proposed by the bi- prelates, at their next deliberation, to coashops, at Kilkenny, in 1816. Permit me I ciliate all parties, without violating that

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doctrine and discipline of which they are I gave it a firm, unequivocal, and decided the guardians, cannot, at this moment, be negative. My determination, at that time, anticipated by me. I must, however, avail was not the result of the warm impulse of myself of the present opportunity, to ase agitated feelings. Since that period I have sure you, that my feeble efforts shall had time for calm investigation, and delialways be directed to prevent the inter- berate judgment. I am of the same opi. ference of persons of a different religious nion still-no inducement, under heaven, persuasion in the appointment of the will cause me to change it. I abhor the ministers of our church, and I may fear-idea of the ministers of the crown having lessly add, as my firm and unaltered con- any share or influence in the appointment viction, that the united efforts of the Irish of our bishops. prelates will be zealously employed in 66 As to domestic nomination, it has not averting that great calamity, by opposing only my hearty concurrence, but will re• its adoption in a canonical and constitu.ceive every support in my power to tional manner, and by temperate and firm give it. means, so as not to frustrate the exertions “ I have it in my power to inform you, of our friends, or exasperate the preju- that I have the sentiments of all the clergy dices of our opponents. I have the honour of the diocese of Derry,on those two importo be, with great respect, sir, your faith- tant points. Their sentiments are in unison ful humble servant, OLIVER KELLY. | with mine-there is not a single dissentient “R. C. Archbishop of Tuam." voice. I can add, not only from their in

formation, but from my own koowledge, FROM THE CATHOLIC BISHOP OF that the catholic laity always were and are ARDFERT AND AGHADOE. inimical to a veto, and friendly to domes

Killarney, August 1, 1817. tic nomination. “SIR,—Being from home on a visitation " In fine, I must confess, I was not preof the most remote district of the diocese pared for the ungenerous reception that the of Aghadoe, I have bad no opportunity be- respected but firm remonstrance of the Irish fore now of acknowledging the receipt of prelates against the baleful veto met with your cireular of the 15th ultimo. Finding at the court of Rome, and the consequent. ihat individoal answers furnish newspa- unmerited persecution exercised by venal pers with an ample field for vituperation, influence against the delegate of such a and invidious comparisons, I shall reserve respectable portion of the church, as that my opiniou on the subject of your letter of the catholics of Ireland. The provifor the meeting of my confreres. The re- dence of God may perinit us for a while sult of that meeting will furnish a general to be purified in the furnace of adversity: and, I hope, unanimous answer, to the to-but, under his protection, the prelates of pics laid before us. I have the honour to Ireland will maintain with firin, constitu. be, your obedient humble servant,

tional, and canonical means, the purity of 64 C. SUGHRUE." faith they received from their illustrious

predecessor Saint Patrick. I have the FROM THE CATHOLIC BISHOP honour to be, with very great respect, OF DERRY.

dear sir, your most obedient humble ser#6 Londonderry, August 5, 1817. vant, CHARLES O'DONELL, “DEAR SIR, -Unavoidable circumstances “ Roman Catholic Bishop of Derry." hitherto prevented me from replying to the letter I had the honour of receiving FROM THE CATHOLIC BISHOP through your official situation, from the ca.

OF LIMERICK. tholic board, relative to the present criti

Limerick, August 13, 1817. cal state of the church of Ireland. 1 deem it uonecessary to enter into the merits of “ My dear Sir,--My absence from Lja the subject matter of it now, as I appre- merick for some weeks past, has prevent, hend, from the posture of affairs, I may ed me from replying sooner toyour friendhave an opportunity of declaring my senti- | ly letter of the 15th of July, the contents ments, viva voce, ať a meeting of the pre- of which give me serious concern; after lates in Ireland—a meeting not only expe- the repeated petitions and resolutions dient, but, in my opinion very necessary, of the Roman catholic prelates, clergy to preserve the purity and independence of and laity, from every quarter of Ireland, a hierarchy, venerable by its antiquity, and it was generally supposed the veto had surviving the storins of the severest persecutions.

been given up and forgotten. Having “ Jo the mean time, however, it is a

no wish to enter into a discussion on duty I owe my catholic countrymen to de. this important and vital subject, whereclare, that when the momentous question in the dearest interests of our holy reliof the ruinous veto was hitherto agitated, gion are deeply concerned, I shall only

beg leave to offer my humble senti- / tion was confirmed by the metropolitan ments and opinion on the serious conse- and suffragans of the province, in which quences resulting from any innovation such election took place. Any other or lay interference in the election of mode of election, except by dean and Roman catholic prelates to the vacant chapter, was considered to be attended stes—the transactions in Rome I sub- with unpleasant consequences. If it mit to a more competent tribunal for should happen by lay interference, that investigation.

the names of most respectable clergy“ I should have probably remained men, proposed as candidates to the silent on this awful subject, had not I vacant sees, should be liable to be exconsidered that my silence may be con- punged and blotted out, and such canstrued into a tacit consent to the mea. didates suspected of disloyalty and dissure. My sentiments and humble opi- affection, what painful sensations nion are too well known to my vene- would not this meesure pr«duce in the rated brethren to admit of the slightest minds of honest, conscientious men! suspicion of any derėliction of my sa- It would be like a two-edged sword, cred duty on this important occasion. which would not only deprive such can. It may be properly asked, Why all this didate of the right of election, but also alarm and anxiety on the part of the stigmatize and degenerate his ebaraccatholic board ? Surely they are not !er, and render him disqualified for competent judges, nor authorised to

any dignified situation, at the same , discuss ecclesiastical or spiritual affairs. time, make void and ineffecțual any No, certainly: nor do they pretend to election of the clergymen to the vacant it, or arrogate to themselves any such sees; this would effectually (to use a power, in my humble opinion. They French expression) put them " hors have humbly submitted this investiga- de combat." tion to their prelates and clergy (for To prevent the unpleasant consewhom they express the inost profound quences that may arise from innova. veneration and respect,) without any tion, to remove any stigma or foul sus. dictation whatever, requesting them to picion that may be entertained of the consult, as soon as possibly convenient, Roman catholic clergy, and at the same the eternal interests of ihe Hocks in- time to give most ample sécurity to the trusted to their care, and leaving the legislature, I am humbly of opinion result to their paternal advice and de- that domestic nomination by dean and cision. I must say, that I am not in- chapter, would answer all the purposes fluenced or actuated, in the smallest required. Let such dean and chapter degree, by any advice, counsel, or sup- he called on. to declare solemnly, that posed dictation, emanating from the they will not elect any clergyman to catholic board, or by any expression the vacant see, but a person of tried which may be supposed to cause intimi- and uushaken loyalty and properly quadation of compulsion, and flatter my lified to fill so imporiant a situation, and self these are the sentiments of the I have still some hope that a concordat venerated Roman catholic prelates ofIre- could be obtained from his holiness, land; at the same time, I am of opinion, confirming such election ; besides this that they have justly merited the grate- manner of election seems most congeful thanks of the catholics of Ireland, nial to the constitution and laws of the for their unwearied vigilance and unre- British empire. Certainly the most mitting attention.

important cases of life, property, honour, “I beg leave with all humility, and as character, and whatever is most dear to briefly as possible, to make some pass. man, are left to the breast of twelve ing remarks on the danger of innova. honest men, conscientiously and sotion or lay interference in the election lemnly declaring their opinion, This of Roman catholic prelates. It has mode of procedure would be a convinc. been the practice from time immemoing proof of the confidence of governrial, on the respective sees becoming ment in the Roman catholic clergy and vacant, for the Roman catholic clergy laity; a confidence, I may easily assert, of such see to propose three of their own they never would betray. As the body, one of whoin was generally elect- humble administrator of ihe spiritual ed by a majority of voices, which elec- concerns of the respectable clergy and

Jáity of the ancient and loyal city of ship gave ordination to a candidate for Limerick ard its diocese, I cannot pass holy orders from St. Edmund's college. by in silence the noble, heroic, and Although the event was not previously generous conduct of our ancestors, at

announced to the public, yet the news soon the memorable siege of that city; after found its way into several quarters of the a long and arduous struggle, which cost town, and several protestants were distig

guished among the spectators of this solemn many valuable lives, after privations

scene, and all were struck with admiraand sufferings perhapy unparalleled in

tion and respect at the truly edifying.de the page of history, they never consent- portment of the newly-ordained, in his ed to a capitulation, until by the well-awful situation. known articles of Limerick, they secur- LITERARY Notice. - We

are ed to themselves and their posterity the happy to hear that the work lately anfull and free exercise of their national nounced from the pen of the reverend Mr. religion in its full extent, without con- MARTYN is likely to be soon forthcoming. trol or interference. Since that period The principle design of this work (HOMLO the mode of appointing to the Roman

LIES ON THE BOOK OF TOBIAS) is to catholić sees has been conducted peace animate and encourage christians to the ably and canoirically, and never attend practice of virtue, by unfolding to them the

bright and amiable pattern of perfection, ed with disagreeable consequences. If which the sacred historian sets before us in any expression may have fallen from the life and character of that eminent sers me, supposed to cause any irritation, I vant of God, Tobias. To all christians, disclaim any such intention, as my fee. but especially to such as are engaged, or ble efforts shall be always directed and intend to engage, in the married state, this employed for conciliation, peace, and portion of holy scripture presents a noble harmony. As an humble prelate of the example of fidelity in the discharge of Roman catholic church of Ireland, it is

those duties and obligations,

on which my imperative duty to endeavour to pre, make christians acquainted with those ob

their salvation principally depends. To serve, hy every legal, canonical, and ligations, and encourage them to the fulfilpeaceable means, the unity, sanctity, ment of them, is the design of the “ Homi: catholicity, and apostolical doctrine lies, or Familiar Instructions,” which were and discipline of the Roman catholic at first delivered by the reverend author for church; as a member of society, I hope the spiritual improvement of his owo tlock, I shall always live in the true spirit of and which, in compliance with the wishes christian charity with all mankind, of some of his most respeeted friends, he is (without any religious distinction) and,

now preparing to present to the public, as a snbject of the British empire, I

in the hope that the perasal of them will ardently wish and fervently pray for its

tend to their advancement in the path of

virtue and salvation. petrnanent happiness, prosperity, and DEATH OF tranquillity. I am, with esteem and JENNINGS...-With feelings of the most

THE Rev.

DANIEL regard, your faithful humble servant, Chas, Tuony,R. C. B. Limerick." | Commercial Telegraph, thefollowing account

poignant nature, we copy from the Newry

of the premature demise of one of the most On Tuesday, the 5th instant, the rising ornaments of the catholic church:right rev. doctor Poynter, accompanied by the prevalent distemper with which Provia

« We have to record another victim to a respectable body of his clergy, and supported by lords Fingal and Clifford, laid

denée has been pleased to visit us. The the foundation of the new catholic chapel views of man are short and imperfect; he HOW érecting in Moorfekts. The window's

sees but à part of the system in which he is of the houses which overlooked the era of

doomed to act and to suffer; and it is his the inclosure were crowded with spectators. duty to acquiesce and to adore. In the On the western site a marquee was pitched, mid career of an active and most useful in which the committee of management exercise of the highest duties, the Rev. provided a collation for a select number of Daniel Jennings, Roman catholic pastor ef their friends.

Moira, has paid the great debt of mortaliOn the 17th instant, the venerable ty. He died in the course of Wednesday vicar apostolic of London celebrated high sight, at the house of his father, Mr. Anmass at the chapel of Saint George's fields, We lament over his early grave, and de

drew Jennings, of this town, merchant. assisted by the reverend Mr. Brainston, the plore the loss of his virtues, his talents; rend Mr. Kimbell; after which his lord and his useful energies. Mr. Jerinings was

an honour to his sacred profession, the

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