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glfrmtt the World. The concluding words of Lord Penzance's in giving judgment against the Rev. Mr Kelly have wider appli- -cation than any which refer only to the rev. gentleman sand his wife or similar cases to theirs— To the best of my judgment it is the -case that is new and not the law. I have searched the recorded decisions of the matri- monial courts in vain for a case the features of which in any con- siderable degree resemble the present. It has no parallel in the past, and, as to becoming a precedent, it is hardly likely to prove one in the future. So much injustice-so much perversion -()f mind-such abiding rancour for so trifling a cause—so much deliberate oppression under provocation so slight-moral chas- tisement so severe (administered with so much system, main- tained with such tenacity up to the brink of so perilous a danger ■to health, with so utter a disregard of consequences, and all to «xtort confession of acts never committed, ana force repentance 'without consciousness of wrong), will probably never be ex- hibited again. That such a case should recur it would be necessary that to an inflexible will should be added the power of self-deception in an inordinate degree, so that the promptings of angry resentment should be mistaken for the voice of duty and that while religion .should be put forward to sanction, and even enjoin, a harsh retaliation, the leading precepts of religion, humility, and forgiveness should be, altogether, but little heeded. The sanctions of religion are too often pleaded in the "religious" world as well as in private life for "harsh -Tetalistiong" and all uncharitableness. In his will the late Bishop of Manchester left nothing o his eldest daughter, giving as a reason the following- "This I do not in anger, but because I hold it a duty not to let such conduct as hers and the person she married prove successful." The world might justly suppose that Miss Lee ran away with a dissolute valet—but her liusband is the Rev. John Booker, incumbent of Ben- iilton, Sutton, Surrey, the author of more than one book, and a frequent guest at the bishop's palace till he com- mitted the unpardonable sin of marrying his lordship's daughter. The correspondent who communicates these facts to the Manchester Guardian says- As regards the "conduct" of the daughter, would I could feel it to be prudent to give her own ideas (in her own words) as to the step she was about to take when, at five a.m. on the morning of her wedding day, she wrote her last letter, Sophia Katherine lee, to her sympathizing friend Miss from Mauldeth Hall. I will not abuse the confidence which permitted me at the time to copy this admirable letter, now before me, neither will I speak unkindly of any one; suffice it to say that every word contained therein is alike creditable to her understanding and her heart; it breathes a truly noble Christian spirit, invokes God's blessing on those she leaves behind, and is in all respects worthyi the daughter of the learned bishop. In short, she loved, she had ultimately to make her election, she disobeyed—she was but a woman. Happily the object of her affection was in every respect worthy of her; and I trust that both may be judged more charitably by the publife than the remarks which have reluctantly called forth this letter would appear to war- rant. In describing the opening of Parliament, a London correspondent says- The number and importance of the Government measures announced are unprecedented but the Ministerial benches are in high feather, and are, moreover, in the best temper for work. Their union, hearty enthusiasm, and confidence in their great leader, were strikingly shown last night, even before the Speaker had read the Queen's Speech. The Prime Minister was received with loud and continued cheering from the Ministerial benches behind him, although the House was so dark and gloomy that it required no small amount of watchfulness to see him enter from behind the Speaker's chair. Mr Disraeli, on the other hand, walked slowly up the House in full view of his party, without getting a single cheer, even from the men who had dined with him the day before. There were some gaps on the conservative benches, but the attendance of members on both sides is unusually large at this early period of the session. Mr Bright's absence, from illness, is the subject of deep and general regret all over the House. Mr Disraeli, in his speech on the addraabigracefully expressed his sorrow, even white assert- ing his unabated political differences with the right hon. gentle- man. No; one, except the Premier himself, could have been more missed from the Treasury benches. The Prime Minister looks thin and careworn, and his features have a pinched look by. no means pleasant to behold at the beginning of a session. His voice, however, is as full, and his demeanour as vigorous, as ever. He has, happily, plenty of work still left in him; and if his colleagues won't allow the sword to wear out the scabbard, and dissuade him from having too many irons in the fire, the session will doubtless bear out its present rich and fruitful promise. Here is the summary of the Standar&s characteristic criticism of the Queen's Speech- The Government knows it cannot drive its six omnibuses abreast through Temple Bar, but either yielding to external pressure, or to compromise its own disputes, or to show its sup- porters what it would do if it could, it brings forward a number of Bills which it knows It his not the slightest chance of carry- ing. We will not criticise this proceeding from what may be failed the moral standpoint. We will assume that the Govern- ment found it necessary to go through this farce. All we ask, and the least that Parliament and the country have a right to expect from Mr Gladstone, is, that he will "massacre his inno- cents before Easter; and in his own interest, as well as that of the country, give time for the full consideration of those measures which he deems it most important to pass this session. On Friday week, Dr Temple made an explanation in the Upper House. The announcement that his contri- bution would be withdrawn from future editions of Essays and Reviews," he said, was made by himself to an intimate friend some time ago, and had no reference whatever to the present sitting of Convocation. Rightly or wrongly, the volume had been the cause of serious anxiety, perplexity, and distress to a large number of good people, and opinions that would be allowed to Frederick Temple might not be permitted to the Bishop of Exeter. He defended the course which he adopted in refusing to yield to the appeals made before his appointment was completed, and in further alluding to the character of ssa and Reviews,he wished his withdrawal not to be understood as implying that he had done wrong in publishing his paper ten years ago. The volume had done the work it was intended to accomplish, and this was to induce men to speak out on religious subjects more freely than they had been previously in the habit of doing. If the book had done some mischief, it had effected a great amount of good; and while he was strongly desirous to make the Bible the guide of his life, he earnestly main- tained that if men were to be prevented from falling into infidelity a free handling of that book must be allowed. Dr Pusey writes to the Times to express the deep satis- faction with which he read the announcement that Dr Temple's essay is not to apj>ear in future editions of "Essays and Reviews," and his "earnest hope that one who, by the grace of God, has been enabled to perform that act of moral courage, will be further guided by his Holy Spirit." The Glasgow Herald publishes the following extract of a letter from Mr Charles Livingstone, consul at Fernando Po, brother of Dr Livingstone. The letter was addressed to the distinguished traveller's daughter, who resides at Hamilton- I had a note from Mr Vredenburg, our commissioner at Loando which shows that the mendacious Portuguese are not all dead yet. It was accompanied by a letter from a Portuguese traveler to the interior, who had just returned, and gives some impres- sions the natives got of your father when he crossed the continent in 1854, though it adds the fact, of which your father was not aware, that he had to drink the muange, and was cut to pieces by the natives, as some of the poison snowed that it had taken effect oii him. Poor Vredenburg has sent this letter to the Foreign Office, as he thinks it leaves but little hope of the safety of Dr L." As the natives told our Portuguese this yarn in June, 1868, it would appear that your father managed somehow to pull all his JU^eaJtegetber.aatio. J[ frave written to Vreden- burg that the muange-and-cuttmg-to-pieces part of this yarn come out of the two calabashes of cacoUa (drinlc made of honey). ■With much secresy," says Vredenburg, "the native told the Portuguese that Dr Livingstone was a great fetish man. He talked every day with the sun—i.e., observed with the sextant- never slept in a house, and had no fear of wild beasts. He had an animal in a box. to which he never gave anything to eat (chronometer), but always when he was traveling he talked to it and asked it the road—which he never asked of anyone. From time to time he opened papers and began to talk to them. He passed rivers without a canoe; and did many other wondrous things."

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