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SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 1843. ,r"\o" 'oJ r, ii hope Lonl Powis will not be discouraged by the fato his Hill for the Repeal of the Union of the Sees of 1 ,T mgor and St. Asaph. The hearts of all good Church- | en are with him, and we trust he will persevere. Had ] e report of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, recom- ending in 1S3G that act of spoliation, been deferred itil the year 1842, we firmly believe that no such ggestion would have been made as the suppression of Bishopnck in North Wales, and the despoiling it of its even ties, for the purpose of establishing a See in a istrict confessedly one of the wealthiest in the Empire, id utterly unconnected with the Principality. Th, commendation would now have run in the right direc- m. An Institution so holy and venerable would I,-It\ e, en spared to perform its functions, and enlarge its )here of usefulness in all its original integrity, and the liritual wants of Manchester would have been supplied f the creation of another Bishop, with a revenue derived om its own abundant resources or by other funds. But 1S30 the Government was "Liberal," the Church ithout protection, and the Bishops in alarm. To admit lother Spiritual Peer into the Upper House of Parlia- lent, when certain discussions were going on in the ower House, as to the retention of their seats by the ( dsting Bishops, was deemed an impossibility. To cut .1' nd contrive, to parcel and to divide, to patch and rend, lis was the order of the day—and the Bishops of Lon- on and Lincoln, who were members of that Commission, lough they confess the motive have not the courage to tracc their steps. We should like to see the Govern- lent boldly proposing the creation of a Bisho;) of lanchester, with a seat in the House of Lords. The j hssenters, and Liberals, and Infidels would wax wroth )r a moment—but strong in the justice of the case, and 1e spiritual necessity being beyond dispute, such a 'relate would now take his seat amidst the acclamations f his Peers, and the good wishes of the Clergy and jaity of the Church of England. The spiritual necessi- ies of the Church would find ample employment for nany additional Bishops, and here we stand hesitating bout the creation of o,ic, and finding its life only in the xtinction of anotner. If thre were deemed any con- titutional objection to the admission of a score more li,shops into the House of Lords, surely some such .rrangement as now exists with regard to Irish Bishops night obtain, and a certain portion of Prelates sit in ■otation for a specified time. But leaving such questions or the present, we do strenuously contend that the sup- pression, in the way proposed, of an ancient Bishoprick, s perpetuating, and in the worst possible way, the feel- ngs of estrangement which already exist between one portion of the population of these Isles towards the other, md exhibiting a great disregard for the religious welfare )f the Principality of Wales. The difficulty of creating 1 Bishop of Manchester is, we think, imaginary and t ;heorc-tical—the injury inflicted on the National Church ly the extinction of a Welsh Bishoprick, would be great, certain, and irremediable. The thought was the sugges- ,ion of cowardice and compromise, when the Church had alien on evil days," and we trust that the voice of I •emonstrance will induce the Legislature to repeal so much of an Act as relates to the union of the Sees of St. Asaph and Bangor. The Universities of Oxford and Cambridge have each expressed a strong opinion adverse; to this ill conceived measure—the former regarding it with h sorrow and apprehension," the latter with" fear and concern." Believing it, as we do. to be the offspring of an unnecessary compromise and ill-founded alarm, to the feelings of sorrow we cannot refrain to add the language of warm expostulation. The See of Sodor and Ma.i, once threatened, has been preserved by the strenuous efforts of men earnest in the cause of religious truth, and this should be an encouragement to perse- verance in the present strong and conscientious oppo- sition to "An Act," of which the Church has uttered, by her Clergy and Laity, an emphatic disapproval. Since the discussion in the House of Lords, Sir Robert Peel has intimated an opinion that the proposed See of Manchester would be probably endowed from funds not originally expected to be available, and that the surplus accruing from the union of Bangor and St. Asaph might be applied to the increase of the endow- ments of the smaller livings in North Wales. Considering that the Revenues of the See to be extinguished are derived from Tithes, we wonder how such an appropria- tion as was originally contemplated could under any other plea than necessity have been even suggested. We are still of opinion that, such a plea no longer existing, Bangor and St. Asaph should he maintained in all their I integrity, and that Manchester should be supplied with a Bishop of its own, even with the condition of adding another Spiritual Peer to the Upper House of Parliament. AN attempt has been revived to admit Dissenters to Universities by the aholition of Tests an I Subscriptions. It has, we are happy to say, failed, as we trust such attempts will ever fail, to invade their fundamental prin- ciples, their essential character, and ancient constitution.


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