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(Ecclesiastical The Act disestablishing the Irish Church came into operation on Sunday. It is now stated that the Rev. R. H. Baynes, vicar of St. Michael's, Coventry, has refused the Bishopric of Madagascar. The late Rev. Dr Ryan, vicar of Bradford, spoke at a meeting held at Bradford on Monday night, in coniiectier. with the Wes- leyan Missionary Society. The Bishop of Winchester has been speaking at Hastings upon the spiritual destitution prevailing in populous cistricts. His lordship regards the endowments to the Church of England as gifts to parishes or districts, and not to the nation at 1 irge. He pointed out that the present age is. not one of endowment, the relative position of rich and poor having undergone a great change, and there being much uncertainty as to-the mode in which endowments may be applied fifty years hen-cc It was, he said, a fallacy to suppose the Church of England richly en- dowe(l. There are a good many dissenters who are not of his lordship's way of thinking. At a meeting of the Free Presbytery of Edinburgh, last veek, T)r Candiish, referring to Mr Gladstone's recent letter to Mr Dease. moved a resolution expressive of the apprehen- sion which this letter is fitted to awaken in the minds of all true Protestants within these realms," and emphatically and solemnly protesting "against the doctrine or opinion that the rulers of this Frotestant country may or oeght to charge them- selves with taking any concern about the dignity, freedom, or independence of the Pope." The reverend doctor explained that, at the request of a few friends, he had written to Mr Gladstone upon the subject, and had received a most courteous replv, in which Mr Gladstone referred him to a letter-privately sent to another friend a week or ten days ago, a copy of »/hich had been sent to him (Dr Caiullish), and after reading which the impression left on his mind was that the language used was eapable of a more favourable interpretation thin had been put upon it. That letter was almost to his mind, though not alto- gether, satisfactory. Mr Gladstone in his letter to him stated that at one time he intended to publish that private letter, t ut that afterwards, by the advice of his colleagues, he thought it better to abstain from siich a course, and rather to awail the meeting of Parliament, when he would be prepared to offer any explanation which any party in the house might think proper to require. That was, perhaps, a more judicious course than-the publishing of the letter. Dr Begg seconded the motion, which wa, unanimously agreed to.

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