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article for the purpose of defending the interference of the Clergy in the ensuing Elections. The duty of the Ministers of Religion, in this matter, as it appears to us, is too self-evident to require any argument to enforce it. And as to the com- plaint of ttie Whi; Radicals, on this subject, it is notorious that one recent appointment to the Bench of Bishops was owing to a personal interference at an Election, and the authorship 01 a political pamphlet. The following is an extract from the article -,tlltided to:- But when the interests of religion are directly attacked where the choice of representatives is between him who on the one hand is pledged to support those who foster Popery, encourage dissent, and legislate without reference to the Christian principles, and him who on the other is committed to the maintenance of true religion, uselnl learning, and the upholding of the ancient institutions of the country, where such is the alternative, there the interests of religion are concerned and wherever the interests of religion are at stake, there it becomes a duty in a clergyman to exert himself. Is the tithe property to be commuted for less than half its value? Shall the poor of a succeeding age no longer be heirs to have the Gospel preached to them without charge? and shall the clergy, who are the trustees and guardians of that property, look on with indifference, and take no interest in its preservation ? Shall the holy state of matrimony be put on an equality with legalised concubinage without ex- citing the indignation of every true lover of holy wedlock) and shall the clergy (who are the appointed guardians to maintain things sacred, secure from profanation) be the only persons who shall be applauded for their apathy ? Shall the poor be carried away frolll their homes and the premium of impunity be offered to the wily betrayer of femalecontidence f—and shulllhe clergy behold it with indifference? There is, indeed, one character mentioned in Scripture, of whom it is said that he cared for none of these things; but what clpnryman is there who would be a Gallio in the estimation of all good men, in order that he may humour his own natural love of indolence, or receive the encomiums of those who are set upon mischief'? With S icha view before us as that which we have represented, we have come to the conclusion that it is a duly in the clergy to come forward at the ensuing election "and openly to denounce legisla- tion without Christianity; fearlessly to declare that it is the language of the Bible Fear thou the Lord and the King, and meddle not with them that are given to change." It may suit the pur- poses of those who found their politics on principles of wordly expediency to represent the connection of royalty with religion as nothing more than the watch-word of a party, and stigmatise Church and King as a political toast but they whose politics are derived, not from the maxims of wordly expediency, but from the Word of Truth, will remember that the wise man of old and the Apostle of later times, connected royalty uiih religion, and bade those who reverence their precepts to preserve that connection vinsevered. On these principles the clergy will use all their influence at the ensuing election, no less than at other times, in support of royalty and true religion and inasmuch as they are "not to meddle with them that are given to change," we claim them as the guardians of Conservative principles, bound by the sacred word of truth, which they profess for their guide, to maintain and uphold the ancient institutions of the country.



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