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THE BISHOP OF MANCHESTER ON WAR. On Sunday evening, a,t a rjeligiou/3 service, held in the Free Trade Hall, :Manter, by Mr. W. Birch, a'merchant o.f that city, the following letter from the Bishop of the diocese was FG&ci "Bishop's Court, Manchester, June 21. "My dear Sir,—If you desire my sympathy, youhave it in the fullest measure in any attempt you may make or have made to open people's eyes to the horrors and the sin of war. There may possibly be cases, as Professor Morley has recently attempted to show in a remark- able sermon, in which war may be the only remedy of some foul or crying wrong, and may be accepted as the lesser of two evils. But modern wars, which have been mostly prompted by greed or jealousy or fear, have rarely had this motive for their justification, or can be regarded by intelligent men as other than rude and barbarous methods of attaining an end. And even Professor Morley allows that Christianity only sanctions war upon the hypo- thesis of a world at discord with herself. In her own world war would be impossible.' As it is the business of preachers of the Gospel to persuade people to realise and live for this higher, better world—the dream of the great evangelical prophet (Isaiah ii., 4), we are certainly on the lines of our duty when we teach our congregations to pray that God would turn the heart of the people that delight in war.'—Yours faithfully in Christ, J. MANCHESTER. W. Birch, jun., Esq." This was the first time, said Mr. Birch, that a Christian minister had formally and openly expressed sympathy with him in his crusade against war.

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