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THOUGHTS ON PASSING EVENTS. TO THE EDITOR OF THE PRINCIPALITY. SIR,—Will you allow me to record my thoughts on some of the most striking events that happen in these days; events which will hereafter be matters of history. I intend to be brief with each subject, and will endeavour to compress my "thinkings" into as small a space as possible. The subject that first of all deserves attention is, the sus- pension of the Habeas Corpus Act, so far as it regards Ire- land; and it cannot but strike the most cursory observer, that whatever be the speed of the Parliamentary train on or4- dinary occasions, that on the present one, it was an express train," at full speed; at the same time, we cannot bin grieve that the cause of the unusual stir in the legislative asBimbly was to restrict the liberties of the subject, and not to extend them not that I disapprove of the course pursued by minis- ters, on the contrary, I am willing to concede that nothing else under the circumstances could be done; it was, in fact, the only measure that could save Ireland from bloodshed, and the horrors and terrors of civil war; but mark the con- trast between the eagerness and promptitude with which a coercive measure is hurried through the House, and the op- position which at every step assails and retards the progress of any substantial measure for reform; need I bring proofs forward ? I presume not; as the records of the present ses- sion will sufficiently testify. Look at the Jews' bill look at the bill for the repeal of the navigation laws; look at the reform measure promoted by Mr. Hume; look at any and every measure calculatcd to benefit the mass of the people, and you will see with what a flood of eloquence they were each and all overwhelmed, and finally rejected, by either of the two Houses. The contrast is too palpable to be over- looked and it is to be hoped that the people of England and Wales will ponder upon it, and treasure it up for some future occasion, when honourable gentlemen present themselves again before their constituents and request the favour of their suffrages. While on the subject of the passing of the coercion act, I cannot refrain from mentioning with pleasure the severe cas- tigation given by Sir Robert Peel to Feargus O'Connor, for his tirade against th3 "proHigate press" of England. Sir Robert, notwithstaii ding the compliments of the renowned Feargus, spared him not, and told him plainly that, in his opinion the most profligate press in England was that with which he himself, as proprietor of the Northern Star, was connected; which paper recommends the most disgusting ,,u ?- and atheistical works for the perusal of its readers; works which Sir Robert would not, from his respect to the House, name. Feargus O'Connor richly deserved to be thus pub- licly exposed, for who has applied so many coarse, vulgar, and brutal epithets to the whole newspaper press of England as he and that without any exception all are alike venal and guilty, except the identical one of which he is sole owner and proprietor. Amongst others, not the least remarkable event, in the month of July, was the consecration of the Roman Catholic Cathedral, St. George's Fields, London this magnificent structure, in point of external beauty and internal decoration, is without a parallel among the Roman Catholic places in the United Kingdom it is calculated that it will seat 3,000 per- sons. On the 4th of July, the ceremony of its consecration took place, with all the pomp and magnificence that usually take place on such occasions in Roman Catholic countries a magnificence that we in Britain, unaccustomed to such scenes, can form no idea of; there were no less than six foreign prelates present on the occasion, who took part in the ceremony, dressed in all the gorgeousness of full canonicals, and presenting to the eye a most imposing spectacle. The occasion of all the above pomp and grandeur has led me to reflect upon the motives that have induced the promoters to be so lavish of splendour and pageantry, which seem to be the following Dr. Wiseman, who is the chief director of the English mission, and the very numerous staff of clerical functionaries, all devoted to their calling, who are under his control, are, and not without success, attempting to captivate the attention of the upper and the lower classes of society- the most unthinking part of the community they are con- tent to leave the middle class, comparatively speaking, alone at present, as they think that if they succeed with the other two classes to any considerable extent, the middle class will ere long follow their example. The Romish college at Tre- meirchion, Flintshire, is but a branch of the above mission its intention, of course, being to convert the inhabitants of Wales to their religion. I am no alarmist, neither do I be- lieve that any very great success will attend their labours amongst the people of hen Walia; but at the same time, I would wish to impress upon the minds of all those who are labouring in the cause of Protestantism, whether as minis- ters, preachers, Sunday-school teachers, that they will have now a more subtle adversary to contend with than any that they have hitherto had the Romish religion, notwithstanding its professed unity, is very pliable; it accommodates itself to the prejudices of the Hindoos in India, and the Chinese in China and wherever it plants itself, it labours incessantly to bring the mind of the inhabitants of that place under the subjection of the priests, and that without arousing, their prejudices if possible; so we have, need to be upon our guard, in order that we may watch their stealthy, but not less steady, move- 'i ments; those that have devoted themselves to the task are all, no doubt, well qualified to undertake the duties of the mission, and with all the aid that unlimited wealth can add; as money has often before now been of eminent service in converting multitudes to the Romish faith, there is no doubt but that it will be attempted as a means to gain the same object in Wales. Now that the Council of Education has done what nag predicted by those who opposed Government grants in aid of education, there is no doubt but that they will, heedless of the No Popery croaks of the Wesleyans, and others, who wished to share the spoil amongst themselves, avail themselves of all that can be got; by which means the voluntaries of Wales will be compelled to pay towards aiding teh Catholic priests inpromoting their religious views. What a comfortable reflection for those who have aided and abetted them they cannot say that they were ignorant of the con- sequence of their receiving Government aid; for were they not over and over again told, that in that case, the admission of the Roman Catholics to participate in the grants could only be delayed; it was impossible, on any equitable prin- ciple, to exclude them and admit others, while they contri- buted their quota to the general fund from which all grants are taken. As a specimen of the unchanging spirit of Romanism (whatever change in form may take place), the appeal to the House of Lords, reported in the last number of the PRINCI- PALITY, is, as I think, a conclusive one. There we see priestly influence exercised over two helpless nuns in the Blackrock convent, who were literally compelled to assign their rights in the estate of their deceased father to the superiors of the convent, in conformity with their vow of obedience; when at the same time, if vows were law, their vow of poverty would prevent them from possessing any right to assign. It is almost a pity that the appeal was dismissed upon mere technical grounds, as there was great anxiety manifested to know whether, assignments, signed under such circumstances, were valid and legal or not; but their lordships did not touch upon that point; but if the lawyers alluded to by the Bishop of Cork, as being in his family, wish to try again, we shall no doubt bo satisfied upon that subject; it is, however, pre- sumed that the exposure and obloquy attendant upon the present occasion, will effectually prevent them from attempt- ing again to grasp the "filthy lucre," which they so covet- ously wished for. Your's, &c-, T. M. Liverpool, July 31st, 1848.

(Selected for the PRINCIPALITY.)