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however, regarded him with the ut- many of them, be no better than they most satisfaction, and at Mr. Pen- should be. nington's he was gratified by hearing
• Whatever motive enlisted Sir Starcourt himself cominended from the lips of in those ranks, certain it is, that he was Louisa. This pleasure, however, was
there most grievously misplaced. His pronot without alloy: there was a rival and to love his neighbour as himself; but
fession told him to be patient of injuries, in attendance-one Sir Harcourt how fulfil this, when, by disposition, he Lees—We beg pardon, it was the was the most impatient man on earth ; Rev. Sir Starcourt Gibbs.
one, who to live, must necessarily hate? He was a living monopoly of argument, He that was formed to be the barking, and passion, and pretension -an union, in biting terrier of newspaper or Parliament his small sphere, of the Villiers and the opposition ; how was he to mope contented Shaftesbury of Dryden-being
with the life of a listless and pampered “ All in the course of one revolving moon,
house dog? The thing was impossible. I A sportsman, statesman, fiddler, and buf- need not say, that the course of his zeal
directed itself against the Catholics; they foon.'
were, in fact, the fair and obvious objects Whilst his dimunitive person, contrasted of a churchman's spleen, and the most with the mercurial and restless spirit that ample scope was here allowed for the zeal animated, made this answer to his, of partisanship. An Orangeman, a purple“ Whose else through the pigmy body man, consequently, Sir Starcourt became; work'd its way,
into a comfortable state of frenzy he soon And o'er-informed its tenement of clay."
worked himself. And the only question • There were other points of resemblance zeal was to be exerted. He was above
remaining was, in what exact mode his between these factious courtiers of Charles' dragooning like our quondam friend, Mr. day and Sir Starcourt, who was no despi- Crostwaite; and scorned to make him.self cable partisan, if, indeed, he was not alto
a policeman, under the order of a Castle gether and alone a party in himself. A Secretary. He chose another vent for his man of rank and wealth, it is impossible restless ambition. And this was, leaving to conceive what preposterous motive could their hackneyed ways of warfare-the have led him to choose the church as a sword, the constabulary staff, and the pulprofession, unless the general one, by pit, to his brethren, to write down the Cawhich that Charibdis of Irish talent and tholics and their bigotry. It was an enterambition continues to swallow up threefourths of the Irish population. For Ire. prise more bold than "new, especially in land is, in fact, not a government, but a history of his country and to religious con
one of extreme ignorance both as to the hierarchy. In the minds of all, anywise troversy; still he had zeal and imaginainterested in passing events, the church is ticn, and resolved to supply every other the predominant object of consideration; want with these. It was very unlucky for i'n society it is the prevailing topic, which, him, that Sir Starcourt resided in a part of in such society, never yields place but to the kingdom most undisturbed by Catholic b a word, fair readers, that for bigotry or persecution ; his time being, for your sake I will not make legible. Of the most part, spent either in his princely families, one half at least of the males are
villa near the metropolis, or at his living, destined to a clerical life, and this from
not far from Ardenmore. the noble to the shopkeeper; the streams,
• It was not, consequently, from any in fact, of all Irish interests, private and facts that came under his own observation public, flow and centre in this Black Sea; that he gathered the mighty hostility of and thousands are carried along with the the Catholics; his imagination here likecurrent, the natural and unbiassed tend: wise supplied his pen. Every month lie ency of whose dispositions would have led
sent forth a fresh diatribe, more intempethem rather to be Buccaneers or dema
rate and frenetic than the foregoing, till at gogues than ministers of the Gospel. last this Orange Cobbett of Ireland, having Commerce, the staple pursuit of English exhausted argument, fell to prophecy as a life, is never thought of by that class of last resource, and poured forth such dreadlife that always turn their thoughts thither ful denunciations, amounting to such exin England. "If ten youths are met in an travagance of horror and absurdity, that Irish crowd, of all ranks of life, nine of the better-tempered of the Catholics them. them, to a certainty, are going to be selves began to gather up his pamphlets, ordained. The consequence is, that in a
which they bound as the “ Revelations of few years there will be more pastors than Sir Starcourt Gibbs.” sheep; and in the general press of all orders and dispositions into the ranks of The young lady treated Sir Starthe church, those pastors naturally can, court with so much apparent con
tempt, that St. George considered I'll bet you any even sum of tenpennies, himself the favoured lover,and thought that afore a twelvemonth the country's a himself quite comfortable, until he proclaimed one, with military and police, received a visit from his friend, Fa- horse and foot, quartered upon it, and ther M‘Dowd, who came to bid bim driving us to open rebellion; and all this
because a few ould maids ha' taken into adieu in consequence of an antici- their head to teach our spalpeens to read pated rupture between them, which in the Bible !" he feared would result from a proposed Bible Meeting. The priest is
In much of the priest's apprehenmade to speak very coarse and vulgar sion St. George participated, and saw language, but in the following, not- with regret that the little village of withstanding, there is much truth. Ardenmore was about to be disturbed
by a Bible meeting. • The young may be taught.'
• No doubt: young Catholics may be • The momentous day at length, of which taught to read in Protestant Bibles : and hand-bill and circular had been for weeks their parents and pastors are to be grate- the dreadful note of preparation, arrived. ful and contented for this kindness? What Crowds, more of the curious than the zeagomerils they take us to be! That's the lous, were in attendance; and Light, both way your big people are always treating us Old and New, for the former would not poor Irish :-They set us down as asses ; seem behind-hand in zeal, filled the spalay their plans and proposals accordingly; cious hall of assembly. Delegates from and when, to their disappointment, they the Parent Society in the metropolis find us to be beasts of a little spirit, they had travelled down to the meeting, with cry out against us as nothing less than cute speeches ready made, to astound and befoxes and uncivilized wolves. Now, here dazzle rustic ears : but this was bringing we are, Mr. St. George, you and I, bro- coals to Newcastle; for many among the ther clargy, over our tumbler-suppose, Ardenmorites were as ambitious of holding for a moment, we had the upper hand forth and making use of this, their only here, as we had of ould, and will again, field of display, as the metropolitans were please God! afore long (but ye need'nt of missionarizing the godly assembly, hear that), and that ye were the perse- What there was to say upon the subject cuted, suffered sect; suppose we took your may seem to the sterile imaginations of my children, kindly offered to instruct them, readers difficult to divine, especially as and then set them to learn their lessons there was but one opinion pervading the out of the Bulls of his blessed Holiness the assembly, and the sole end of the meeting Pope, and the Decrees of his Consistory, but for each comer to deposit his pound. all as sacred to us and hateful to you, and But business, in any country, can never be the Protestant version and collection of gone through by congregated folk, unless the Scriptures is sacred to you and hateful some innocent pastime be united with it. to us-what would you say to it? Isn't In England, when people meet on matters it like erecting a charity-house for young of importance, they devour a dinner : in Jews, and then rearing them on pork? Ireland they prefer speechifying; and Would you bear it? I ask you. And would never do the eloquent natives of the Island you not, had you the acivising of us, bid us of Saints miss an opportunity for displayrather leave your children in ignorance, ing their tropes, and * airing" their parts than force you to turn at last insurrec- of speech. tionists, rebels, and cut-throats, instead of As all the fair ladies of Ardenmore and being a peaceable, unreading, industrious its neighbourhood were present, in their set of men, going to their own place of best bibs and tuckers, to barter their halfworship? Isn't it as clear as the sup of crown subscription for oratory, it became native in my glass, Mr. St. George ? Those a more nervous task to address the assemLayland saints, and the O'Singites, are just bly. Addressed, however, it was, blandly ructionizing the country with their socie- and figuratively, with no great intellectual ties and Bible talk. Not a Roman in the expense on the part of the speaker, since country bore ill-will to his neighbour Pro- he now made use of the same phrases and testant for the last ten years ; but now metaphors for the ninety-ninth time; and ye'll be hearing another story. The first the orator poured forth his opinions in all mention of this meeting has raised every the security and self-complacency of a digdrop of ill blood in Louth; and discontent, nitary in the pulpit, secure in the impossisuspicion, and hatred, fill the same hearts bility of being replied to. Here, however, that were good-natured a week ago as my
our Biblican reckoned without his host.' self. A change you must look to. I must not be even known to hold any sort of in- The son of a shopkeeper at Ardentimacy with you, War is declared; and more, who had studied in the vulgarized college of Dublin, and who and now, when the poor ask for oatmeal longed for an opportunity of making and potatoes, we kind-hearted folk present a speech, had posted down to his na- them with a new Bible; the sole consetive village on this occasion, deter- quence of which is, not the extension of mined to astonish the townsinen as religion, but that pawnbrokers’ shops are well as the Biblemen.
glutted with those cheap editions of the
Scriptures; for in those sinks your chari*Not dreaming of any debate or differ- table subscriptions are sure, in a little ence of opinion that could possibly ensue, time, to settle. Bibles, indeed!—find Bithese gentlemen had oratorized their brief bles for a starving poor ! labouring each at hour in their own figurative and slovenly sixpence a-day! Charity, says the prostyle, when Master Slater arose, and com- verb, begins at home; but even when it menced in a very eloquent and alarming goes abroad, it should observe the princiexordium, to beg leave to differ with them ple, and begin with the stomach before it on divers minor points. As Mr. Slater's catered for the head. And with all deferdissent arose from the dire necessity of ence to this assemblage, I, for one,” conhaving some new argument and matter to cluded the orator, “had rather see Potaadvance, and nothing more, the youth nei- toe Societies established through the kingther knew nor cared whither his eloquence dom for feeding the poor, than Bible Sotended, or what it overturned: he had cieties to convert us all into Puritans, Pres. given his imagination carte blanche to find byterians, and New Light.” him a speech, without any scruples as to The clamour that arose in the assemsides or parties. And when he put his bly, upon these words, may be conceived. tongue and arms in motion for the delivery An harangue against the Bible might be of this philippic, he found himself, to his listened to,--there was nothing personal own and the assembly's astonishment, in- in it; but Puritans and New Light were dulging in most flowery and extravagant venturesome expressions, looked upon as indignation at the diabolical conspiracy little less than treason by one half of the and nefarious attempt to give Bibles to the assemblage. The Miss Lowries, like dampoor.
sels in feudal times, dependent on the “T, for my part, Mr. President,” said
prowess of some gallant knight, overlooked Master Slater, winding up a fairish sort of the lists, and saw no champion of their tirade, “ shudder, and am sbocked at the
The douglīty O'Sing was exiled, idea of trusting the naked Scriptures to the never so much regretted as at present; peasantry;—'tis like trusting a sword the very tears filled Jemima's eyes at the without a scabbard into the hands of an
thought of how her beloved ecclesiastic ignorant savage, who is sure to grasp the would have triumphed over the profane blade and cut his fingers, instead of laying Slater. The regards of the New Light hold upon the hilt, and using the weapon party were all turned upon St. George, exas a safeguard and defence !”—here a
pecting that he would take up the gauntpause for applause; but there was none let that had been flung down; but our in Ardenmore for poor Slater. This irri- curate appeared quite an uninterested tated the orator. He had intended this spectator of the debate; and was, moreshow of opposition to be nothing but a di- over, inclined to think, at times, that Slater gression; and his purpose wis to rally, in spoke something like sense.' conclusion, to the Bible side of the ques
The consequence of this meeting tion, and by that means allow himself to
was the opening of schools, and the enumerate the acts and benefits of the Society to foreign countries, which would distribution of the Bible. The peathus lead his harangue an agreeable tour santry took the alarm, and the once round the four quarters of the globe tranquil Ardenmore was now a scene “the sandy Afric,”—" the palmy Asia,” of heart-burning, party-hatred, and and the untrodden regions of the New anarchy. World. All this was written in the bond;
“May all the curses of Ireland” (and but, alas! the orator had wandered from
those are not a few) “light upon Miss his track; he had been betrayed into Jemmy!” became the cry of the country warmth ; and he laboured in vain to get around Laylands. Every cabin was disback to the right side of the question for a tracted and torn asunder by the struggle long time. The regards of contempt, the between lords spiritual and temporal of the cold refusal of the least applause, nettled peasant. Miss Lowrie demanded his chil. the embryo advocate; and he resolved to dren, that she might teach them to spell; abide and conclude in the opposition into and M'Dowd, having examined the said which his eloquence had led him. “Of children, and convinced himself that old,” continued he, o when supplicants saintly teachers could not instruct withasked for bread, they were given a stone; out infusing in their lessons some portion
of the religious sentiments that occupied bad character as would grasp at any them, was compelled in his turn to ful- thing. Owing to a succession of these minate all the anathemas of his church circumstances, the saintliness of Laylands against those parents of his flock that con- quite lost its good temper, and the prosented to deliver their offspring to the gress of Puritanism, owing to these crosses, snares of heresy, spread for them by the both in the habits and countenances of the ladies of Laylands. The contest afforded mansion, became truly petrifying. In vain but amusement and excitement, perhaps, the uninfected Harry pointed out to lis fato the Lowries and M‘Dowd; but, like ther the true cause of all these troubles, the fable of the frogs, though play to them, that had never before started up-in vain it was death to the poor cottiers, who bore he urged a change of conduct, from policy all the punishment and privation. That at least, if not from conviction; the saints the priest conquered finally there is no scorned to retrocede, and Harry was exneed of my asserting; of the two species claimed against by his sisters as a reneof despotism under which the poor of Ire- gade, who had deserted his paternal banland crouch, that of the landlords and that ners to join the profane ones of Ardenmore of the priests, the former, in the case of House. struggle, always yields to the latter. A contested election in a county is the grand
While all this was going on St. proof: the puissant bashaw of a landlord, George found consolation at Ardenall powerful in seeming at other times, more House, and was so happy as to because the priests are an humbly behaved gain a promise of marriage from Miss race of men, finds all his authority dwindle Louisa Pennington. With a light and pass unregarded, if opposed by the heart hc set off to attend a Visitation whisper of the Catholic clergyman. This at Armagh, where the coarse samples power of the Romish clergy is greatly cried of the ministry, who were there conout against, not only as a nuisance of the gregated, disgusted him. first order, but as a proof of the bigoted and uncivilized state of the lower Irish. "The honest clerics were, like other For my part, I think the influence of any honest men and Pats, making themselves pastor over his flock natural and neces. merry over a jug of smoking punch, in consary; and this devotion, with which the versation of all careless kind, indulging in Catholic peasantry are always ready to that ease of attitude and
ught, that sacrifice their worldly interest to the dic- conviviality always inspires after fatigue. tates of their minister, speaks more than However their conversation wandered, it any other trait recorded of them, in favour still returned to the idol, that for the preof their disinterestedness and honourable sent they all seemed to fear and worship. adherence to the only sort of principle they No mess.table, which I take to be the most can understand.
flagrant specimen of despotism and slavery • The benches of Miss Lowrie's school- in the modern world of society, ever stood house were consequently left deserted by in half such awe of the colonel as did our Catholic varlets. The lady, however ministruli of their great commanding offisaintly, would not forego her vengeance ; cer, the Primate : his power was supreme, and the consequence of her benevolent his thoughts on such a subject leaned to exertions was, that the peasantry were re- such a side, and were irrefragable. I duced, by petty and continual vexation, to never blame the haughtiness of men,-for even a greater state of misery than that in the parvenu is never half so prone to be which they were generally accustomed and domineering, as the candidate parvenu i3 contented to live. The whole family of to be servile. Laylands began to be held in detestation
St. George, who, from habits of indethroughout the country ;-there was no pendence and gentlemanly breeding, as longer any love for the 'squire, or respect well as from the distraction arising from for his property; and in the ways of trespass. his feelings, had looked forward to this ing, idling, and purloining, the vexations Visitation with nothing like awe, began inflicted on the peasants by the family here to participate in it. Cleric after were returned tenfold on the head of Mr. cleric dealt forth fee, fau, fum stories of Lowrie. In the short space of a month the great chief, of his imperiousness, his Gervas Lowrie, Esq. found himself at law reproofs, his dictatorial acts and manner ; with almost every tenant he had; not un. and it was evident that all present tremfrequently foiled, and, even when success- bled for the morrow. Many owned that ful, he found both his rent and costs paid they had made propitiatory sacrifices for by the key of the tenant's cabin being left archiepiscopal favour, by presents of game, under his door, after a general decampment of fish, and of such good things as their of the poor family:-whilst other tenants respective parishes were most famous for, were not to be had, unless those of such producing. All this was
curate, who, although he had sworn ca- ance in the country, and soon after nonical obedience, yet had not the least Miss Mary was married to Harry idea of how much in reality he was a slave. Lowrie, this young gentleman's father Like a young officer, who has never been having renounced the new light, in to head-quarters, he had as yet no concer consequence of the fight of his tion of the impertinent airs, with which factitious grandeur, in striving to mimick, The tale concludes with the elevation
daughter with the sanctified curate. always out-herods the real.'
of St. George to the living of ArdenOn his way home a coach and four more, the old rector having died on passed him, and at Ardenmore he his way to some watering-place in learned that the persons in it were England. none other than Miss Jemima Lowrie The fourth and last tale has too and the saintly O’Sing, on their way much of the Devil' in it to please ; to Gretna Green. Next day he read and before our author undertakes ally in the Drogheda Journal the appal- kind of historical tale again, we would ling intelligence of the union of Miss recommend a perusal of the history Louisa Pennington and Sir Starcourt of Ireland, from which he might have Gibbs. From his mortification he learned that Glendaloch was in ruins had scarcely recovered, when the bride long before the time of Cromwell. and bridegroom made their appear
MR. CROLY'S PAMPHLET. *
Rory O'Rourke, Esq. to the Editor. MY DEAR EDITOR- The reverend The spirit of truth and liberality is George Croly, A.M. F. R. L. S. au- now abroad. This pamphlet proves thor of "Cataline,' Angel of the it; for, though written by one not World,' &c. &c. has just written a • unknown to fame,' and teeming with pamphlet to prove that I am disposed mistatements, too palpable to be unto cut your throat on the first decent intentional, it has procured no readers opportunity! Don't be alarmed; he -no purchasers. Unnoticed and undoes not exactly mentiou us both, but known, it has remained on the bookthe inference is natural ; for, if po- seller's shelf; for the days of Lord pery be of such a sanguinary and George Gordon are past. Priestley virulent nature that it thirsts for the might now preach without molestaextirpation of Protestantism, where tion; and No Popery, instead of would be the wonder that I, a zealous being a talisman to save private Catholic, should prove myself a true dwellings from insurrectionary rage, disciple of my church, and diminish now stands a rubric along side of the Protestants by the destruction of Henry Hunt's Matchless Blackingthe heretic Editor of the 'Dublin and to make the beholders laugh. It is London Magazine. The fact of your but justice, however-and I like to being my friend would only make, if give every man his due-to state Mr. Croly be right, the immolation that the Rev. George Croly, A.M. the more acceptable, as I should in F. R. L. S. has not written in vain. that case sacrifice feeling to duty. Is The learned (for all tutors are learnnot this absurd ? Yet on this state- ed) Bishop of Chester has resorted ment a reverend follower of Christ to his pamphlet for the materials calls upon the people of England to which composed his late speech; and oppose Catholic emancipation ; for, candour obliges me to say, that he though he speaks only in general terios, has not used one single argument, still, that which is erroneous when mistated a solitary fact, nor imapplied to individual cases, cannot be puted an iota of doctrine to Papists, correct when applied to society. which he did not find in Mr. Croly's
* Popery and the Popish Question, being an Exposition of the political and doctrinal Opinions of Messrs. O'Connell, Keogh, Dromgole, Gandolphy, &c. &c. By the Rev. George Croly, A. M. F. R. L. S. Whittaker, London, 1825.
+ Mr. Croly is so partial to this denomination, that he says adherents of the church of Rome have no right to any other. He learnt this from Archbishop Magee; but still the believers in transubstantiation are called · Catholics.'
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