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duties of which he discharged with a zeal
but from which they expressit tempered by the mild spirit of its institu- 1 excluded all catholic instruction, Mr. tions. He was conversant in ancient and Jenoings soon felt the necessity of a dé. modern polemics, and took a distinguished | termined opposition to this hypocritical part in some recent discussions. He sought plan, and proffered his services to assist in also to assuage the angry feelings of party; warning his poor countrymen against the but in all he wrote or spoke, the gentle disgraceful delusion attempted to be pracspirit of christianity was the leading cha- tised on them, and the dangers to which racteristic : there was no bitterness in his their children were thereby exposed. On heart, and there flowed none from his pen. this occasion be delivered a very excellent Appointed to the care of a poor congrega: discourse from the pulpit in St. Patrick's tion, which he found, to the disgrace of the chapel, at the conclusion of which he adcountry, without an edifice for the protec- adressed his fellow-countrymen in their tion of public worship, bis indefatigable native language, and the impression which exertions procured the means of erecting a he made upon them in this appeal was chapel for his people, which remains at easily perceived even by those who did not once a monument of his taste and piety.--understand the language, in the counteThe Roman catholic clergy have lost in nances of those who did, many of whose Mr. Jennings one of the most distinguished eyes were moistened with tears. Following of their order in this province. Religion up his laudable views and endeavours, and virtue have lost an able and efficacious be undertoo! a personal canvass of the sopporter, bis Rock a father, and a friend. purlieus of St. Giles's, in which he was acIn the remembrance of his worth, his sor. companied by a young and zealous lay rowing family and friends will find an ac. friend, and with persevering industry visit ceptable and soothing consulation." ed every house, and every room, from the
To the truth of this eulogy, and more damp and smoky cellar to the more iniserthan this, a personal acquaintance with able attic, cautiouing the wretched ivha. this amiable young man, during his tempo-bitants, in language the most engaging and rary residence in London, enables the edi. soothing, against the dangers of suffering tor to hear testimony, in which he is con- their forlorn little ones to be brought up fident of being supported by all who eo- without the knowledge of the religion of joyed the same pleasure in this country.- their forefathers, which would be the io
The ways of Mr. Jepnings were not those evitable case, if they permitted them to go of idleness, his active mind was ever on the to seminaries only pretending to be catho-, alert, and the time not required to promote lic, and earnestly urged them to send their the interests of his chapel, in which he children to saint Patrick's, or other was very successful, and which was the schools, which were under the inspectioh cause of his visit to the metropolis of Eng of the pastors of their faith. In this arduland, was devoted to the advancement of
ous task Mr. J. had the pleasing satisfacreligion, and the welfare of his country tion of witnessing the ardent attachment and countrymen. With this view he ex
of his countrymen to the religion of their erted his able pen in defence of the doc- native soil, and in a short time nearly the trines of his church, under the signature whole of the catholic children inveigled of “A Parish Priest," in the Orthodox into the delusive establishmeots were with. Journal for March and August, 1816, and drawo, and admitted into St. Patrick's exposed the evils which the Orange so- and other authentic institutions for cathocieties inflict on his ill-governed country, Vic education. Such were a part of the in the same work for April and Jude in meritorious labours of Mr. J. in this counthat year, under the name of “ Hibernus."
try, entered into from the best of motives, .-Nor were his exertions confined solely to and executed with singular delicacy. Giftthe exercise of his pen; he sought and ob- ed with a sweet simplicity of manners, a tained interviews with some of the most
mild and beneficent heart, a thirst after eminent members of the senate, but in useful koowledge, and, above all, au unparticular with the late earl Stanhope, bounded zeal in performing the duties of who honoured him with his confidence, to
his sacred profession, his country has susall of whom he explained the grievances tained a loss which she is not able to appreunder which Ireland laboured, especially ciate, and his friends would be inconsolafrom the system of Orangeism, and solicited ble, were they not cheered with the their interest in her behalf.-The Blooms-pleasing hope of the welcome he has rebury committee being busily employed at ceived from his Divine Master, on giving in this time in de-catholicizing the offspring of his reckoning,~“Well done, thou good those unfortunate and impoverished Irish and faithful servant ; because thou hast beers parents who reside in the neighbourhood of faithful over a few things, I will set thes St. Giles's, by enticing them to a methodist
over many: enter thou into the joy of thy school, which they had denominated a
W, E. Andrews, Printer, Garlick Hill, Bow Lane, London,
For SEPTEMBER, 1817.
NEGLECTED STATE OF THE CA- efforts have they used to check the THOLIC Press.
misrepresentations and falsehoods T
since the self-vamed board called press? What activity they upon us catholics to advance, a evinced to oppose the zeal of their third subscription to enable them to bigotted and malignant opponents ? pay their debts, and carry on their On the contrary, have they not ensystem of duplicity and intrigue, at deavoured to silence, by unjust the same time requesting their secre- means, those who have dared to ad tary to inform us, 6. that at no pe- vocate our cause with the plain and riod, within their recollection, was ungarnished words of truth, and inthe press more actively employed in stead of promoting the circulation diffusing libels, and propagating of works calculated to undeceive the misstatements on the character and ignorant, and shame the deluded, prisciples of catholics ;, and that exerted themselves to prevent their there never was.a time which called sale,underthe more than foolish idea, for the exertions of all catholies, that by hurting the feelings of those from the highest to the lowest, more who are interested in opposing our than the present.” Whether the claims, we retard the final accomcall for
has been answered to plishment of our wishes. What their satisfaction, I cannot say ; but client, let me ask, ever requested the from the knowledge I have of the advocate who had undertaken to sentiments of the public towards vindicate his cause, to be careful not them, I should imagine that it has to use language that would expose not; and that the body at large are the infamy of his persecutors, lest determined to di:fer any aid in fur. it should hurt their feelings; or therance of their measures, until they blamed him for successfully defendhave had some clear and demonstra- ing his interests, although the tenor tive proof that a change has taken of his discourse may have stung his place in their line of conduct, and opponents to the quick, by the that instead of pursuing an isolated strong and indignant remarks of plan of operations, they, in future, which it was composed? Lord Do. mean to unite their efforts with the noughmore, that inflexible and ungeneral body, and combine in one compromising advocate of our claims, solid phalanx to obtain their consti- in a letter to the chairman of the late tuciona, privileges, without a sacri- Cork aggregate meeting, says, " It hce of their religious principles.- was the fate of the Roman catholic But, what advances have they made petitioners, during the last session, towards this desirable end? What to be assailed with greater violenca
ORTHOD, Jouk. Vol. Y.
and acrimony in one of the houses of traction, of the most invidious naparliament, and, defended, perhaps, ture, have been circulated as panwith less vigour and effect than on any phlets with zealous avidity, and that former occasion. Under such cir- containing the Irish secretary's haeumstances, (continues his lordship) rangue is said to have gone through I thought it was no time for unim-three editions. Yet, with all this pressive general statements, but that activity on the part of bigotry, to perit was necessary that misrepresenta-petuate the system of religious intotiou should be grappled with, and lerance and mancipation, not a single that their religion and the character endeavour has been made on the of its ministers should stand erect in side of the board to counteract the that house, at least, of which I am a venom which has been spread among member."' In fulálling his inten- the credulous and deluded people of tions, the noble earl expressed in this country; but, contrariwise, I strong and becoming language, his have been credibly informed, that indignation at the calumniating and some of the leading members have inflammatory measures adopted by been using their private influence to our enemies to prejudice the public injure the sale of my work, which mind against the justice of our claims, has been devoted to the vindication and with glowing eloquence shield of the cause of religious truth and ed our principles and the character constitutional freedom. If the manof our clergy, from the libellous as. ner in which I have performed my persions which a bigotted and lying labours be displeasing to them, I press had sent forth against them.- cannot help it; I seek not their paIn this he was most powerfully sup- tronage, por covet their support; ported by the amiable and truly to the public my monthly toils are venerable bishop of Norwich, who submitted, and on their approval bore testimony to the self-devoted must they stand or fall. That the zeal and labours of the Irish catho general feeling of our body is on my lic priesthood, in administering spi- side, the fact of my having maintain ritual consolation and advice to theired the cause for more than four respective filocks; and the loyalty years, in spite of the secret attempts of the whole body was unanswera-(so unworthy the catholic chably vindicated by the forcible rea- racter) which have been used to soning of the earl of Harrowby. - crush my efforts, by injuring the sale And why were not the efforts of not only of this work, but of all these valuable and patriotic advo- others which are issued from my cates of our rights rendered more press, though of a purely religious efficacious, by putting them in the and approved kind, is a sufficient form of a pamphlet, and giving them testimony; and I only lament that a general circulation throughout individuals are to be found who dethe kingdom? Would not a few grade themselves by stooping to such pounds expended in this way have uncharitable and illiberal practices, caused more. benefit to us, in the instead of manfully and openly ex. contest we are engaged in, than em- posing my offences, and holding me ploying them in bribing corrupt up to the bar of public opinion.courtiers, whether in London or at But, if the effusions of my pen are of Rome? -Our opponents have not
so mischievous and dangerous a naacted thus. The speeches of Foster, ture, why do not they employ others Peel, Webber, and the bishop of to hinder the evil effects, and comOssory, all of them teeming with bat our enemies with greater skill misrepresentation, slander, and de. I and more lady-like language than I
am in the habit of using? To ima- | gregate meetings, and afterwards gine that the long-fostered prejudices copied into the public papers of that of bigotted protestants against the country, not an effort is observable principles and dangers of what is to combat prejudice or subdue false. termed popery, will be removed by hood. And do the catholics of Irea studied silence on the part of the land think that an occasional display catholic body, is to betray a want of oratory, or the adoption of public of common sense in those who can resolutions, will add much weight in entertain such an idea ; for this line the balance against the exuberant of conduct is better calculated to productions of the English protestant strengthen their terrors and rivet press, to delude the people as to the their érroneous impressions, than to real state of our question, and the dispel their fears, and overcome grievances which bear upon their their idle credulity. No, it is the ill-fated country? If they do, most PRESS, and principally THE PRESS, y egregiously are they mistaken.Not through which we must expect to one reader in five-hundred in this disperse the accumulating calumnies island ever see an Irish paper, and and fabrications invented by self- the 'speeches and resolves of Irish interest and ill-grounded religious aggregate meetings are but partially zeal to blacken and defile our faith known here, because the English and morals. And, let me tell the jourralists find it more to their adleaders of the board, that to derive vantage to forge foreign documents, any advantage from this all-powerful for party purposes, than to inform instrument, they must use the lan-their readers of the local situation of guage of truth and sincerity, not the catholics of Ireland. It is therethat of sophistry and duplicity; the fore on English ground the contest former will confound and subdue should be maintained, and in this our adversaries, but the latter will metropolis must the battle be fought only afford them occaasions for con- with protestant intolerance and cafirming the credulous in their mis- tholic intrigue, if the Irish wish to taken notions, as we have wofully see their cause accelerated. Here witnessed in some late literary effu- the venom is dilated with unasions of biblical controyersy, be- bating industry, and here should the tween two celebrated lay theologues, antidote be as copiously and activethe one a professor of law, and the ly extended Under this conviction other of pharmacy, in the Gentle- I entered the field of literary warman's Magazine. That the press is fare, and notwithstanding I have the most powerful weapon we can
had to contend with difficulties which wield, when conducted with honest have arisen more from the prejudices integrity, is evident from the pro- of modern catholics than the threats gress which our cause has made, since of bigotted protestants, I am still we have had the privilege of using it, determined to continue my course, and I am only sorry that it has not relying on the discriminating justice been more generally employed, and of my friends for that support which with equal vigour to that of our is necessary to enable me to make enemies. This astonishing apathy head against our opponents, and, and indifference is the more lamenta- hoping that my efforts will be seble, because it seems to prevail as conded by others far more competent much in Ireland as it does here. - to ensure victory. Following up With the exception of oral decla. my intentions I shall now proceed mations and common-place resolu- to the exposition of as bold a mastertions, delivered and passed at ag- piece in the science of misrepresentation and slander, as ever came antipathy more than political saga: from a hireling press.
city, urged this gentleman to stand
forth as the redoubted hero of biblis DOMESTIC NOMINATION, IN REPLY cal zeal, to oppose the claims of five TO J. L. Fostfr, EsQ, millions of his countrymen.
Το Well and truly was it observed by enter into the whole of this printed our noble champion, lord Donough speech is more than a single number more, as I have before noted, that of my Journal will allow me, I must our petitions were “assailed with therefore conside myself chiefly to greater violence and acrimony in the insinuations advanced against the one of the houses of parliament, and influence of the clergy, and the facts defended, perhaps, with less vigour which he has perverted to establish and effect than on any former occa- his charges. Mr. Foster commences sion.” Foremost in the ranks of bi- his speech by candidly admitting the gotry stands John Leslie Foster, the unanimous detestation of the cathoorgan of bible societies, who have lics of Ireland to veto regulations, accordiogly published his speech, and pointedly appeals to Mr. Grataddiog thereto the forged bulls of tan, who had just before made an the present pope against the aforesaid offer of securities on any terms, whesocieties, with explanatory notes. ther he did not know, from letters, The title of the book is as follows: addressed to him, that such was the
A Report of the Speech of John universal feeling of his constituents. “ Leslie Foster, Esq. in the House He then proceeds to the offer made S of Commons, on a motion made by of obtaining domestic nomination, " the Right Hon. Henry Grattan, which he considers a delusive propo“for the House to resolve itselfinto a sal, because to him it appears that a « Committee on the Petition of the more complete system of domestic “Roman Catholics of Ireland, on appointment to vacant catholic bis
Friday, May 9th, 1817. London: shopricks than that which now exa is
printed for J. Hatchard, bookselists cannot be proposed "You “ ler to the Queen, No. 190, Picca- may vary its form," he says,
dilly.”—Pp.72 From the senti- more domestic you cannot make it.”. ments contained in this pamphlet, This admission of Mr. Foster must the main objections which Mr. Fos. be considered as a complete refutans ter appears to entertain agaiost the tion of the senseless cry of “foreigos prayer of the petitioners are, the influence; for if the nomination is supposed intolerance of the tegets now, and long has been, completely of the catholic church, and the dan- domestic, the objection to our claims gers which may arise from the vast on the danger of a foreign ascend, spiritual influence and authority ancy must have been chimerical, and which the catholic clergy exercise used merely for a cloak to cover over their flocks. To counterban other designs, which I believe to be lance these alarming consequences, the real state of the case. the learned senator recommends the
" The praposition, then, of domestic pensioning of the clergy out of the uomination, (says the speech) is distinctly public purse, and placing them under this--that the protestants and catholics the control of the crowo, Very
having each much to require and much, to give op,
the protestants are to cede every wise propositions from a protestant thing thnt remains, and the catholics are to legislator! There are other minor make the single concession of remaining reasons stated, but these form the exactly as they are; or, in other words,
thai, in consideration of uur former repeal principal grounds of his opposition, of the whole penal code, and of their atwhich clearly shew that religious I missive to alb civil privileges, for which.do.