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Domestic.—Since the reassembling probably had had a main band in its of Parliament, after the Easter recess, provisions, declared that he did not many things have been begun, and wish to do any thing which might rather an unusual activity has been wound the consciences of Churchmen.. visible in the House of Commons in We are surely come to a pretty pass particular; but nothing has been really when our liberty of conscience depends finished, and as we have often seen as on the liberality of Mr.Wilkes. Quære much activity end in nothing, we are What guarantee have we that the not over sanguine as to the result. It dissenters will be guided by Mr.Wilkes' is evident that the Lords intend to treat directions, or bound by his promises. the Irish Corporations' Bill with little There was also another most inteceremony, and to restore it as much as resting and lengthened debate on the possible to the state in which Sir R. subject of Russian aggression, in which Peel would have sent it up to them; certainly a triumphant defence of the and there is little doubt that the Mi- former policy of the Duke of Wellingnisters themselves would have small ton in regard to that question was a objection to these alterations (such, at prominent feature. The speech of Sir least, is the general opinion), although, R. Peel, in which he deprecated all for the sake of the Radicals and Irish merely useless demonstrations of hosPapists, they must of course appa- tility, or premature interruption of the rently seem highly indignant. Reports existing peace, was a complete specihave even been spread of an intended men of political sagacity, and must dissolution, should the Lords dare to have been quite a consolation to the exercise their undoubted right of Whigs, who certainly but for such aid amendment on “ the Bill, the whole would have come off “ second best," Bill, and nothing but the Bill.” We The motion was withdrawn; but we think, however, there is little danger are certain the general expression of of a dissolution, which would certainly the great body of the House against be a very Irish way for the Ministers further submission to Russian insoof rewarding their followers in the lence will do inore to check it than House of Commons, whither, perhaps, any thing, short of actual war, which many of them might not so easily find has yet been attempted. Old Nic and their way back. There will, proba- his agents can take a hint as well as bly, be much show of honest indigna- any one. By the by, one curious feation; but the amended Bill will at ture in the discussion was, the appalast even be accepted by O'Connell as rent sympathy with Russia exhibited an instalment of “ justice to Ireland.” by some of the ultra-Radicals. Birds The uncomfortable position of the mi- of a feather flock together:" Radicalnistry was singularly exemplified in ism is only the tyranny of the mob; their conduct regarding military flog- and, perhaps, hence arises this sympaging; when, deserted by their usual thy with tyranny; neither is it strange adherents, they were saved from defeat that a sympathy with the oppressor only by throwing themselves for pro- should be accompanied, as it actually tection on the Conservatives: the was in this case, by a professed and open Ministers conquered their own dear indifference to the cause of Poland, the allies by this aid, but such a conquest oppressed. Such is English Radicalism. is surely more disgraceful than a defeat. Surely it bas now reached its lowest
The Registration of Marriages Bill degradation! Leave has been given caused a very interesting debate, in to Sir Andrew Agnew to introduce a which, when its injustice towards Bill for the better observance of the Churchmen, by imposing upon them Sabbath. The profaneness and ribaldry restrictions from which the dissenters of the Irish Papists, English Radicals, were exempt was pointed out, that and infidels, exbibited on this occavery liberal dissenter, Mr. Wilkes, who sion, was certainly a singular feature of
the present day; and yet these men are terbury to regulate and amend the supported by ihe godly dissenters. The practice of non-residence. Dublin Election Committee “ drags The practice of electing churchits slow length along,” to the great wardens at Easter has, during the weariness of the gentlemen composing month, given several opportunities for it; who sometimes seem quite in the display of party politics on a despair at the length of the arguments, small scale. We are happy, however, • for which the councillors and agents to say, that the respectable part of the pro and con are so well paid. The ex- people have lately bestirred themselves pense of this inquiry must be enor- more generally to keep out the low and mous; and thus we see that the noisy Radicals, who have been too Reform Bill, instead of simplifying, long suffered by noise and bullying to has rendered the law of election more usurp the various parochial offices. In complicated, the litigated points Birmingham, a poll was demanded more numerous, and all the proceed- for church wardens; and as usual, ings interminable. The Whigs pro- when it comes to the scrutiny of indifessed to make elections less expensive: vidual votes, and is not left to the they had better look at the expenses mere show of unwashed hands, in incurred in this Dublin Petition, and vestry assembled, the Church party they will see a fine specimen of their gained the day. A similar scene bas legislative wisdom, foresight, and eco- just been enacted in St. Mary, Newnomy. But this is not the only thing ington; a parish which has sent up which now calls Mr. O'Connell's sundry petitions in favour of Radicalattention. The Carlow affair, and the ism, on sundry occasions of late
years. circumstances of the sale and bargain The weight to be attached to such with ex-sheriff Raphael, has been petitions, as expressing the sense of again brought forward, notwithstand- the parish, may be learnt from the ing the Report of the Committee ap- fact, that a poll being demanded for pointed to inquire into the whole church warden in opposition to the transaction. That Committee, indeed, Radicals, they were defeated by a acquitted Mr. O'Connell of any pecu- large majority. Paddington also has niary advantage to himself. But was most triumphantly shown how the little that the point to be inquired into? knot of busy, bullying Radicals, may Surely not. Was the county of Car- be defeated by a proper exertion on low sold or not sold ? “ That is the the part of the respectable portion of question.” Jf it was sold, surely a a parish. Reformed House of Commons cannot IRELAND.—The statue of King Wilrefuse to vote it a bigh breach of pri. liam, on College Green, Dublin, has vilege, and punish all concerned in been blown up. Subsequent investisuch transaction. We shall see.- gatiun renders it probable that it was Well; the House, by a majority of effected by fulminating quicksilver, or seventy-four, has whitewashed Mr. some other similar agent, and not by O'Connell, and can surely not have the gunpowder; at any rate, one thing is face to punish in future the purchase clear,—it was done, not only most of seats in their most pure and re- cleanly, but scientifically,-a circumformed body. The low and mean arti- stance which shows that political fices, the shuffling and maneuvering hatred and consequent crime in the practised on this occasion, as detailed present day is not confined to the low in the reports, are truly marvellous. and ignorant, but can boast of its A bill has been brought in for the connexion with science, and those atseparation of the Civil and Ecclesias- tainments which are generally thought tical Functions and Jurisdiction of to minister to morals, and soften the See of Durham. The debate and humanize the mind. No clue showed how anxious the Radicals are seems hitherto obtained to the discoto appropriate some of the funds of that very of the perpetrators; but one See to the education of dissenters. In benefit has certainly been caused by the Upper llouse, a bill has been this event-viz. considerable amuseintroduced by the Archbishop of Can- ment to the gentlemen of the House
of Commons. An event which might tender. Does Mendizabal approve of have caused a wide destruction of shooting women of seventy-six years buman life, is in itself to be de- old ?-and will the Spanish nobles, plored; yet we have certainly the who are all Liberals, abet him? We consolation to reflect, that it was not
sball see! entirely thrown away, but caused con- TURKEY.– The Porte has just ordered siderable merriment and laughter to all the Armenian Catholics to submit the grave Putres Conscripti of the to the Patriarch of a distant church, House of Commons. The Corporation who is entirely under the power of of Dublin intends to erect a new sta- Russia. This is probably a step
Rewards have been offered for which will greatly facilitate the conthe discovery of the perpetrators quest by Russia of those large and of this unequivocal demonstration of important parts of Turkey, where the popish hatred against Protestantism. Armenians are chiefly resident. It is The Grand Orange Lodge have de- plain the Porte durst not refuse, or clared, after a solemn investigation, else must have been utterly blind to by a majority of thirty-six, for the the vast consequences likely to flow dissolution of all Orange Lodges, in from so strange a concession. There compliance with the expressed wish is no doubt it was the former, of the Ilouse of Commons.
AMERICA.- The United States are SPAIN.- Mlina has been rather sore again in a flame about banking matters. on the attacks made on him, for order- Von Buren, the future President, as ing the mother of Cabrera (the Carlist), report says, is equally opposed to a woman aged seventy-six, to be shot. Banks with General Jackson, and has He has published a letter, in wbich he been denouncing them accordingly. seems to rest his defence on the fact, In the Floridas, the Indians have that he might have shot the old lady's caused sad devastation,and committed two daughters as well, if he really bad many murders. Report says, the l'nited been so bloody as some thought him! States are likely to gain possession of But the whole contest in Spain is dis- Texas, by purchase from Mexico. graceful to the last extreme in the COLOnes. In the Canadas, and spirit in which both sides act. Spain some of the West India islaids, matand Ireland are the two countries ters are very complicated, and things wbich exhibit the most revolting fero- by no means go on smoothly; or city, cruelty, and utter recklessness of rather, quite the contrary. blood, and yet they are the countries RevENUE.-- The Chancellor of the which far exceed all others in their Exchequer (mirabile dictu) has got a love of popery. The coincidence is surplus; but of which he seems to be well worth notice. Mina, who shoots heartily sick, finding it a greater source an aged woman of seventy-six, and of annoyance than even a deficit. It Cabrera, who has shot six or eight bas brought down upon him all the women in return, and has denounced hungry interests of the country; and and set a price on the heads of several never was Chancellor of the Exchemore of high rank, are both Papists; quer so flattered and entreated, and so is Christina, and so is Don Carlos; teased and threatened, and flattered but we say no more on so disgusting again, by the various expectants. But and horrible a trait of the present (like a wise man) he keeps his own Spanish contest. Our own ships are counsel, and therefore puts off the ordered lately to afford a more deci- evil day of decision, which, if it resive assistance to the Christinos. conciles one interest, will be sure to Mendizabal has got a considerable alienate all the rest. Each interest majority in the Chamber of Procura- pleads its own claims for relief; and dores, and is expected to have the he is wise in his generation in keeping same in the Proceres.
He has not
Expectants are thought proper to accept the resigna- generally weli-behaved. tion which the clamour, raised at the atrocity of the bulcher Mina, the Since the above was written, the Spanish Liberal, had induced bim 10 Ministerial, or rather the O'Connell
scheme, for the spoliation of the Irish which has been so fully discussed, Church, has been again brought for- and which its very authors seem to ward. From some expressions used by condemn, it is useless to speak farther. Lord Morpeth, it is evident the Minis. The sense and reason of the House of ters would shake off their pledge on Commons are, alas! frequently on this subject to the Radicals and Pa- one side, while the mere numerical pists, if they could. On a subject majority of votes is on the other !
UNIVERSITY, ECCLESIASTICAL, AND PAROCHIAL
TRIBUTES OF REPECT. THE LATE BISHOP OF LICHFIELD was, for twelve or thirteen years, Rector of Lutterworth, and was greatly respected and beloved by his parishioners. On receiving the intelligence of his decease, they immediately raised a subscription to hang the pulpit and reading desk, at which he had so long officiated, with black cloth. On Sunday morning, the 17th ult. a very affecting sermon was preached, by the Rev. J. H. Gurney, from Prov. x. 7 --" The memory of the just is blessed."
DR. BURNEY.--A deputation of gentlemen, educated under Dr. Burney, have waited upon him at his house in Greenwich, and presented him with an elegant and costly candelabrum, as a testimony of the respect and high esteem entertained for him among his pupils. The inscription was pithy and appropriate—“ Carolo Parr Burney, S.T.P. olim discipuli nunc amici D.D.” Dr. Burney was a Commoner of Merton College, and in 1809 obtained the Chancellor's Prize for an English Essay on “ The Love of our Country."
Rev. J. Garwood.—A short time since, the Rev. J. Garwood, M.A. of Magdalen Hall, and Minister of Sir George Wheler's Chapel, Spital-square, London, was presented by his congregation with a very handsome and useful service of plate, as a testimony of their high sense of his faithful and devoted labours in promoting their spiritual interests."
THE LATE BISHOP OF Durham.—The Duke of Northumberland, with his accustomed liberality, has presented 1001., and the Duchess of Northumberland 501., in aid of the fund now raising for the purpose of erecting a monument, in Durham Cathedral, in honour of the late highly respected, and now universally lamented Bishop of Durham, Dr. Van Mildert.
ADDRESS TO THE KING.–At the Levee, the Bishop of Exeter presented an Address from the Archdeacon and Clergy of the Archdeaconry of Totness, praying his Majesty to appoint a Council of Archbishops and Bishops to advise in the selection of fit persons to fill the highest offices in the Church and Theological Professorships in the Universities.
THE ARCHBISHOP'S BILL FOR PREVENTING PLURALITIES. The following are the outlines and chief features of the Archbishop of Canterbury's bill, presented to the House of Lords on Tuesday, the 19th ult., “To abridge and regulate the holding of Benefices in Plurality; and to amend the laws relating to the residence of the Clergy, and the Appointment and Payment of Stipendiary Curates in England.”
Preamble-1. Whereas an Act passed in the 21st Henry the Eighth, intituled “ An Act that no spiritual persons shall take to farm, of the King, or any other person, any lands or tenements for term of life, years, or at will, &c, and for pluralities of benefices, and for residence," the whole of which recited Act (excepting only such parts as relate to pluralities of benefices,) has since been repealed by an Act, passed in the 57th George the Third, intituled “ An Act to
consolidate and amend the laws relating to spiritual persons holding of farms; and for enforcing the residence of spiritual persons on their benefices, and for the support and maintenance of stipendiary curates in England.” And whereas it is expedient to consolidate and amend the said Jaws, and to restrain the holding of pluralities, and to make further provision for enforcing the residence of spiritual persons on their benefices, and to limit the exemptions from such residence; and also to make further provision respecting the appointment and support of stipendiary Curates in England: be it therefore enacted that so much of the said recited Acts as is now in force shall be and the same is hereby repealed, save and except only such parts of the said last recited act as repeal certain Acts and part of Acts therein particularly recited: provided always, that nothing herein contained shall exempt any persons from any penalties incurred under the said last recited Act, or to take away or affect any proceeding for recovery thereof whether commenced or not before the passing of this Act, or shall annul or abridge any license granted under the provisions of the said last recited Act, before the time of passing this Act, or within one month thereafter.
2. That from and after the passing of this Act, no spiritual person holding more benefices than one shall accept or take to hold therewith any dignity or office in any cathedral or collegiate church, or any other benefice: and that no spiritual persou holding any such dignity or office, and also holding any benefice, shall accept and take to hold therewith any other dignity or office or any benefice; and that no spiritual person holding any dignity or office in any cathedral or collegiate church shall accept or take any dignity or office in any other cathedral or collegiate church, or any other dignity or office in the same cathedral or collegiate church, any law, canon, custom, usage, or dispensation, to the contrary notwithstanding ; provided that nothing herein contained shall be construed to prevent any Archdeacon from holding with his Archdeaconry one prebend or canonry in the cathedral church of the diocese of which his Archdeaconry forms a part, or from holding one benefice situate within such diocese, together with such Archdeaconry, prebend, or canonry,
3. That no spiritual person holding any benefice shall accept or take to hold therewith any other benefice, unless it shall be situate within the distance of ten statute miles from such first-mentioned benefice.
4. That any spiritual person holding one benefice, not exceeding the yearly value of 5001., and not having any dignity or office in any cathedral or collegiate church, may hold therewith one other benefice, situate within the distance aforesaid, and not exceeding at the time of his institution thereto the said yearly value of 5001. ; provided that if both such benefices shall be situate in the same diocese, and the Bishop shall see reason to object to such two benefices being held together, he shall withhold institution to such second benefice, until he shall have stated such reason in writing under his hand to the Archbishop of the province in which such benefice shall be situate, who shall inquire into the circumstances of the case, and shall decide whether institution shall be granted or not: provided also, that if such two benefices shall be situate in different dioceses, the Bishop having jurisdiction over the second benefice, shall withhold institution thereto until he shall have ascertained from the Bishop in whose diocese the first benefice shall be situate, whether he has any objection to such benefices being held together, and until he shall have stated to the Archbishop of his province, and received his decision on an objection which may appear to either of the said Bishops to exist in such two benefices being held together; and in each of the said cases the decision of the Archbishop shall be couclusive on all parties.
5. Or one above and one below that value, for special reasons assigned by the Bishop to the Archbishop, and allowed by the King in Council.
6. Acceptance of preferment contrary to this Act vacates all former preferment. 7. License or dispensation for second preferment unnecessary. 8. Present rights of possession saved. 9. Acts 37 Hen. VIII., c. 21, and 17 Geo. III., for uniting churches, repealed.
10. And their provisions re-enacted and made applicable to the union of con. tiguous benefices of a certain population and value. 11. No union, except under this Act.
12. Provisions for disuniting united benefices. Whereas, from the increase of population, or from other circumstances, it may be expedient that two or more benefices which have been heretofore united, or which may be hereafter uuited