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LOliD DUN GANNON AS A LEGISLATOR. I TrlI. Morning papers in the early part of the present week brought the inhabitants of Wrex- I ham a piece of intelligence with reference to themselves, of which, with very few exceptions, tae seven or eignt thousand individuals compris- if."p our population were previously in the most blissful ignorance. There is a homely kind of proverb which avers that you must go from home to hear news, and had it not been for the exist- ence and marvellous powers of the press," or the wonderful facilities of the post," we must necessarily have travelled all the way to London to have become aware that a petition had been laid on the table of the Hone of Lords on the Church Rate question, with certain names appended thereto from the town of Wrexham. It may be necessary to inform some of our readers that the petition in question is not for the aboli- tion, but for the continuance of Church Rates. The spirit of its prayer is, that their lordships in their great wisdom will be pleased to uphold aa impost which enables the churchman to put his hand in the pocket of the Dissenters, and extract therefrom the means of carrying on the Church- man's religion. A very modest request for any one to make, and we have no doubt many with ourselves, feel curious to know who has so far forgotten his duty to his neighbour, as to append Ms name to such a prayer. The peer who has undertaken to present this select peti- tion is Lord Dungannon, a peer, who, by his unquestionable ability as well as his remarkable eccentricity is peculiarly fitted for the task. Jt is difficult to find, in these days, even amongst the peers of the realm, an individual who believes in the vitality of church-rates, the concocters of the petition therefore were singularly fortunate in finding so near home a real live lord of such antiquated notions and strong ecclesiastical syripatliies. His lordship's laborious legislative efforts have not, however, during the last few days been confined to the propping up of Church Rates,—he has given expression to the concern he feels for the dignity of the Church, and attempted to raise a cry ot alarm on account of the preaching of the gospel by clergyrSfen of the Church of England in the metropolitan theatres. His lordship is evi- dently more concerned for the dignity of the clergy than their usefulness or their activity. lie would rather that the people were not taught at all the things which pertain to their everlast- ing peace, than that they should be taught them without the walls of a consecrated building. One would think that his lordship could see little to find fault with in the internal arrangements of a theatre for the purpose of carrying on the public worship of God, when we call to mind the ample provision made for his personal comfort in his own parish church. Lord Dungannon goes through IÚ Sunday morning's devotions in the parish church of St. Mprtins, surrounded more I by the luxuriousness of a well furnished parlour than the usual bare appendages of a pew A com- fortably cushioned seat, and a well carpetted flo:»r, preserve his lordship from feeling too keenly the transition from the drawing room, while a carefully drawn curtain preserves his tacied person from the gaze of the val gar. Al- together the Brynkinalt pew in the parish church of St. Martins bears a strong resemblance to some of the more aristocratic boxes in a London theatre. We have been careful to collate the reports contained in the various daily papers of the efforts made by Lord Dungannon during the -nast week for the maintenance of Church Rates and the prevention of the preaching of the gospel to the poor. We were much disappointed to find that the reporters of the daily press had wholly ignored his lordship's speech, not a word could we find beyond the mere formal giving of notice in one instance, and the presenting of a petition in the other. It appears to have been leserved far a Wrexham "organ" to "do justice to Lord Dungannon's great parliamen- tarv effort. The space allotted to leporters in the House of Lords is of a very limited charac- ter, and we can hardly be expected to believe that a special coi respondent" from Wrexham found a corner appropriated to him just for the occasion in the reporters' gallery of their lord- ship's chamber. The question recurs, therefore, how did Lord Dungannon's speech on presenting the petition in favour of Church Rates find its way into an obscure print, which circulates some three hundred and fifty copies weekly?! Did his Lrdahip supply it, or did some lackey, who trembles at the name of a lord, manufacture it, and command its insertion by virtue of his con- nection with the print in question. Be this as it uiay, we should judge from the spee. that the petition is a most modest affair, as its framers see no difficulty at all in dealing with ti.e vexatious question of Church Rates. If we onlyhad the mind that conceived and the hand that drew uut this petition at the head of our national affairs, the question of Church Rates would be settled at once and for ever, without resorting to any such extreme measure as total abolition. The question will no doubt naturally arise in some minds, Why, if the principle of Church Hates is so just and equitable, it should require so much tinkering and amending as is recom- mended in this petition. ?" After all, with regard to Lord Dungannon's fears, on the subject of preaching in theatres, perhaps they are not altogether groundless. "When pious clergymen in considerable num- bers are week by wefk preaching in unconse- crated buildings, throwing aside gown and cossack, abolishing written sermons, setting at nought canons and formalites, and associating with schismatical Dissenters, in their zeal for the spread of divine truth, lords spiri- tual and temporal may begin to tremble for the safety, not of the church spiritual, but of the church as by law established."



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