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ld ■' J lMtir li n, NEWPORT, FRIDAY, JUNE 13,1845. )n THE MAYNOOTH ENDOWMENT BILL J IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS. & j Upon the receipt of the post hist Friday morning, 001 we had scarcely time to remark upon, what every i one of our readers knows, we had anticipated would 1 have been the result of the measure for the effective ,01 continuation of Pitt's principle-- the increased en- dowjnent fund oi Maynooth College, for the J education of the religious teachers of the Irish ( millions. e i From the commencement, the MERLIN looked upon the lew paltry thousands comprised in the grant as insignificant, but as a proof of the disposi- tion of the Government to deal more prudently and 1 more generously towards the fine and fertile "the beautiful and brave "Ireland ard the Irish. e d1 hailed it as an act above all price. We know and love the land well, and rejoice at every proceeding of our Legislature tending to cement the Union between Albion and Erin, the commanding islands of t the world I Any one who might suppose that the Lords ie.j would reject this Bill, or even that the bench of ,vl Bishops would give it a strong opposition, must, on iti the announcement of the second reading, have been • uncomfortably convinced of the unfoundedness of Ae th^ir expectations; and we leave those to their reflections in the respective coteries of this great and i rising part of the Emphe, who did us the honour to ^express (when the Maynooth grant was first noticed xJby us) a certain opinion, that their friend the MERLIN t would, for once, be an outsider" in his foreshadow- :iot ing- of the result of a great undertaking in Parliament. :Jm Upon the policy of this exhausted subject we have a-already spoken in detail, and anything that we shall I. now add must arise incidentally from the debates. ub The Duke of Wellington's speech contained a 0lllstriking inconsistency with that of Sir Robert, Peel. ^;The latter admitted that all the attempts to coerce -Ireland had failed, and held up civil war, as well as tMencouragement to foreign foes, as the alternations of retthe rejection of this measure. This field of argu- )re £ nent did not suit the iron duke," who character- istically represented the Irish as completely subdued, thaand recommended the grant as the victor's boon. ha»The honest old soldier advocated the Bill, upon what ulilPe considered right grounds, and concluded his «J6 £ eech with these words There is no religion in de-fhis question, but there is a great Christian principle *<ijand I say that it is ycur duty not to persecute—not J'^even to appear to persecute." el' lf the Government have arrived at such a degree ;he of liberality as to deem the opposing a State provision 'fo* a religious body, to be militating against the P»nciples b of a kindly and just feeling towards all christian sects of the Empire, the event is absolutely le.8 beatitude for our days. Jj0l'd Winchelsea gave expression to a feeling rvhIcb. is very singular, and should be looked to. For his owh yrart, tie woold rather sec the Chorch se. Separated altogether from the Slate, and the voluntary f^.lrJC'P'e adopted, than see the endowment by the fctate, of two Churches so antagonistic to each other l(], as the Reformed and Roman Catholic Churches." llle Earl of Hardwicke, a lord of the bedchamber, TV1^e a^ake, declared himself not only for the endowment of the Catholic Church, in places where there are no Protestants, but for the application, in such Places, of the revenues of the established Church to that purpose. And though his lordship said this was but his individual opinion, the Duke of Cleveland aptly remarked, that an officer of the Royal Hougghojd was always expected to speak in pnison with the sentiments of the Cabinet. | ne remarkable feature in the debate was the recomn)enc|atjon of the fierYl Stanley, to overcome rvi wuh good, and to pursue a course of constant *Jnvne.Ss We have not Shakespeire's Merchant Venice" at hand, but we think therein is a passage at leadeth somewhat thus—- Mark you this, Bassanio, The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. •S '< Ad evil soul, producing holy witness, i *8 like a villain with a smiling cheek; I A goodly apple rotten at the heart: „ I O, what a goodly outside falsehood hatn Let, OUr readers make the application from their filamentary knowledge of the last few years. Most of the speakers in opposition to the Bill ,1;gue upon the impropriety of what they believe to ,e error. It cannot be too often repeated that this ?.Ulse of reasoning applies just as forcibly against dissenters (whether Catholic or Protestant) being oade to contribute in any way towards a particular church. j But it appears that even Wellington is not again J get the start of the majestic world, if the Duke of deweastle, and Sir C. E. Smith (the gentleman that < UHCf says has been stirring up the British lion with ie ong pole) can get before him, to the foot 01 f Jctoua s throne. Newcastle (whose son, by the ra), sees things under precisely the same angle of jci ence as Sir Robert Peel does) is going to become ie greatest agitator "what is," the great Daniel not scepted; and with Cceur de Leon Smith, now )rguig the bolts of Jove," is getting up memorials, raying her Majesty to withhold the lloyal assent! ut e gallant l)uke says it is a forlorn hope and rougham turns up his nose at the little go," as e calls it. I:> A deputation of those who oppose the Bill on the ISO-Popery ground, have had the courage to com- tence an agitation in Ireland! and, seriously jea "ing, it is to be regretted that that well-meaning, jiteak-rrnnded, gentleman, the aforesaid Sir C. E. ptn is being made a tool of by the party. Among fr ln8s* ^le ^ias assured the Irish Orangemen, ja: the late conference of 800 Dissenting delegates, Crosby-hall, (which was to oppose all State jdowments of religion, and which breathed forth the Eldest feelings towards the Catholics,) did not •resent the Dissenters of Great Britain. And yet Culling is a professed advocate of the voluntary 0 U11 urv Opie and the men with whom he is now ernizing are bitter persecutors. So deplorable i,the effects of religious bigotry




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