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supplied with the best periodicals of the day, &c., &c.; in addition to which, as standard works, Mant and D'Oyley's Bible, Mant's Prayer Book, Collier's Ecclesiastical History, are the most distinguished. Classes are also formed for instruction in those branches of knowledge calculated to advance the interest of the mechanic and artizan, such as reading, writing, arithmetic, drawing, music, divinity, &c., &c.

In recommending, then, the formation of institutions of the same character, -at least in every manufacturing town, it is important to remark, that the almost unparalleled success of this Society proves stronger than words can do its extreme necessity and great usefulness, since although only established in May last, nearly six hundred persons have enrolled their names as members.

Such are the principles and objects of this Institution,-principles and objects which, if carried out to their fullest extent, and inculcated, as they might be by due exertion, throughout the land, could not fail of doing much for the cause of religion, and to the annihilation of scepticism and infidelity, so rife amongst us. Among all the pleasing reflections arising from the contemplation of the advantages of this Institution, this is not the least pleasing, that this plan of engrafting useful knowledge upon religious principles has not been a plan submitted to the minds of the working-classes, but, on the contrary, has been sought and inquired for by themselves; a proof that religion is not yet superseded by a sceptical philosophy, or annihilated by infidelity.

I am, &c., A SUBSCRIBER, P.S. For the information of those who may wish to establish institutions upon the same principles, I have given an outline of some of the most important rules :

Subscriptions, &c.-All subscribers to be entitled to the benefits of the Institution, but the right of voting at general meetings, and of attendance at lectures, to be in the following proportion to the amount of subscription, viz., each subscriber of one shilling per quarter, to have one vote; subscribers of two shillings and sixpence per quarter, to have two votes each, and their tickets transferable for admission to lectures. Each subscriber of five shillings per quarter to have two votes, to be allowed to introduce one person to each lecture, and to be considered honorary members.

“No person to have any vote, or to be elected upon the committee under eighteen years of age.

Committee. The committee shall consist of the President, Vice-President, and Trustees, who are appointed for life, and of the clergy of the church of England who are or may become members of the Institution, and of thirteen lay-members of the church of England, -ladies excepted,—six or seven of whom (in alternate years) shall go out in rotation, and six or seven others be chosen in their place, four from the subscribers of five shillings and two shillings-and-sixpence per quarter, and three from the subscribers of one shilling per quarter.

“ Any member of the committee going out in rotation shall be eligible for reelection.

“ The committee to have power to make new laws, or to amend old ones.

“ Five of the committee to be competent to act, and to call special meetings when necessary.

Trustees.— The property of the Society shall be vested in four Trustees, who shall be appointed by the committee for life, (and who shall be ex-officio members of the committee;) and in case of the death or resignation of any one of them, the vacancy to be filled up by a successor chosen by the committee.

“ The Trustees to have the power of preventing the circulation, or of removing from the library, any works which they may consider as opposed to the principles upon which this Society is founded, and to have a veto upon all other proceedings of the committee.

and

The library to be open every evening from seven to half-past nine o'clock, the reading-room the same hours.”

Coventry, February 13, 183.

MANCHESTER CHURCH BUILDING SOCIETY.

Under the Patronage of the Lord Bishop of the Diocese. Rule IV. That the Bishop of the diocese be president, and the incumbents of the parishes of Manchester and Eccles be vice-presidents, of the society.

Rule VII. The patronage of all churches and chapels built by the society shall be vested in five trustees, of whom the bishop of the diocese, and the incumbent of the parish in which the church or chapel is situated, shall be two: any person endowing a particular church or chapel with 1000l., in that case to be made a trustee of the church or chapel so endowed; the other two or three, as the case may be, to be elected in the first instance, from the patrons* and vice-patrons; and when, and so often as one or more of such trustees shall die, resign, or become incapable of acting, the vacancy to be supplied within three months by the surviving trustees and the minister of the church or chapel, for the pewholders of the said particular church or chapel ; which trust, such succeeding trustee shall hold only during his personal occupancy of pew in the said church or chapel. +

The highly satisfactory list of contributions which follows is surely a sufficient guarantee that an appeal would not be made in vain to the great merchants of London, and to their sense of the great responsibility under which their position and blessings place them.

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£ $. d. H. H. Birley

1000 0 0 John Brooks Wilbraham Egerton, with land

Mrs. Brooks for a church

1000

Rev. John Clowes Robert Gardner

1000 0 0 Thomas Coates Bradshaw, Waubelym, and

Lord Francis Egerton, per anand Sons Edward Loyd

Edmund Wright The Warden and Fellow of

Mrs. Byron Christ's College, Manchester

Miss Alsop
William Atkinson

&c. &c.
Samuel Taylor
The amount in the whole, upwards of 11,0001.
J. C. Legh, with land for a church

100 0
John Greaves, with land for a church -

100 0 0 May one venture to ask how it is, that the name of that distinguished mem. ber of parliament for Manchester and of administration, Mr. Poulett Thomson, does not appear in the list ?

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INCORPORATED SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING THE ENLARGEMENT,

BUILDING, AND REPAIRING OF CHURCHES AND CHAPELS. A Meeting of this Society was held at their chambers in St. Martin's Place, on Monday, the 18th of April; his Grace the Archbishop of York, in the chair. There were present the Bishops of London, Winchester, Llandaff, Chester, and Bangor; Reverends Archdeacon Cambridge, Dr. Shepherd, H. H. Norris, and T. Bowdler ; Joshua Watson, N. Connop, jun., Samuel Bosanquet, J. S. Salt, Jas. Cocks, William Cotton, and Benjamin Harrison, Esqrs.

Among other business transacted, grants were voted towards building a chapel at Brearton, in the parish of Knaresborough, county of York; building a chapel at Bushy Heath, in the county of Herts; increasing the accommoda

A patron is a donor of 5001., a vice-patron, 2501. + The writer hopes he does not take an improper liberty in expressing his own wish that the patronage had been placed in the bishop.

tion in the church at Rothwell, in the county of Northampton ; rebuilding a gallery in the church at Upham, in the county of Hants ; building a gallery in the church of St. John, Maddermarket, in the city of Norwich ; building a chapel at Appledore, in the parish of Northam, county of Devon; enlarging, by rebuilding the chapel at Chapel Haddesley, in the county of York; building a chapel at Newton Abbott, in the county of Devon ; repewing and repairing the church at Norbury; building a chapel at Moulsham, parish of Chelmsford, county of Essex ; enlarging the church at Horfield, in the county of Gloucester.

The Annual General Court of this Society will be held at No. 4, St. Martin's Place, Trafalgar Square, on Wednesday, the 18th of May; his Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury will take the chair, at one o'clock precisely.

POPERY.

To the Editor of the Dublin Record. SIR-The subjoined Rules of the “ Roscrea Christian Doctrine ” Society are printed and pasted on the inside of the cover of each book. Your inserting it in your Journal, as a specimen of the manner in which money is extracted from the poor deluded Roman catholics of this country, may be of service in opening the eres of protestants to the spiritual thraldom in which they are held. I purpose looking over some of the Society's books, and may let you have some further extracts, and am faithfully, Roscrea.

J. S. S.

* The Roscrea Christian Doctrine Society is under the immediate direction of the parish clergyman. Rules, &c. of the Extern Members of the Roscrea Christian Doctrine Society.

“The extern members are entitled, by the weekly subscription of one penny, to the following important privileges,- viz.

To the benefit of the society's prayers; to getting a book at the Religous Circulating Library, under the conditions hereafter specified; to a mass before and after death, and to a participation in the benefit of a mass offered up in the chapel on the second Saturday of every month for all the members and benefactors ; besides which, another is to be said on the third Saturday of every month, for the departed members, and the departed near relatives of the members in general. To these great advantages is to be added, the EXTRAORDINARY MERIT OF AIDING SOCIETY IN ADVANCING THE GLORY OF GOD by the spiritual instruction of youth, to which the most ignorant person contributes effectually by a small subscription.

"Donations received by the clergyman of the parish and council. “No member car retain his book longer than a month.

Any member in the habit of not punctually returning his book in a month ceases to get one at the library.

“ Those becoming members, when ill, or in a dangerous state of health, are not entitled for the first six months to the MASSES BEFORE and AFTER death, though enjoying the other privileges from the commencement.

“No member to get the mass before death, until prepared by the clergyman, “ This mass

ich should reserve as long as possible, being entitled but to one during life.

When mass is required for a dying member, notice is to be left with the librarian, &c.

“ As all must be anxious to attend at the monthly masses, they should not forget THE DAYS.

“The library is open on every Sunday from 9 until 4 o'clock.

“In order to prevent trouble and inconvenience, it is requested that members may not fall into arrear, or allow their subscription to be often applied for; otherwise they forfeit their privileges, and their names are erased from the book."

A NEW POPISH MIRACLE. The unchanged character of popery certainly manifests itself more completely every day. Dr. Wiseman and Bishop Baines, at Rome, explain away all its offensive parts, in the true Bossuet style, to the educated classes, and Mr. Woolfrey, at Whitwick, aided by Mr. Ambrose Phillipps, performs well-attested miracles, to convert the uneducated. The matter really speaks too plainly and strongly for itself, to require any comment whatever. But it is most desirable that the English liberals, who are quite sure that papists have renounced all their follies, should see what is the line of conduct which they adopt. The following is an extract from a tract, by a Mr. Woolfrey, who quietly calls himself parish priest of Whitwick, and is attested by Mr. Ambrose Phillipps, and a certain quantity of his footmen, grooms, and bousemaids,-most competent and disinterested witnesses!

“The circumstances of the case were as follows:-Anne Fullard, who is an inhabitant of the village of Whitwick, the wife of a man named Fullard, had for some months been desirous of embracing the holy catholic faith, being convinced that it was the ancient and true form of Christianity; and on the second Sunday of Advent she was present at the vespers in Grace Dieu Chapel. It was remarkable, that the subject of my discourse on that afternoon was to prove, from the promises of Jesus Christ, and from the universal testimony of church history, that the gift of miracles has ever been the prerogative of the true church. Just at the conclusion of my sermon, Anne Fullard was seized with an epileptic fit; to which malady I afterwards discovered that she had been subject, at frequent intervals, from her very childhood. She was immediately carried out into the entrance hall; where the servants of Mr. Ambrose Phillipps, and others of the congregation, endeavoured to render her every assistance in their power ; but she became so strong, that it was with difficulty that four men could hold her. Her contortions were very awful, and she endeavoured to bite everything that came in her way; so much so, that it was necessary to force a cloth into her mouth. In the meanwhile, I concluded my sermon; after which I recited, according to our usual practice, the litany of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the prayers for the examination of conscience. As soon as the service was concluded, I went out into the hall, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Phillipps, Miss Clifford, and about fifty individuals of our congregation. We found the patient in a terrible state : her feet were plunged into hot water ; sal volatile and brandy, as well as cold water, were applied to her temples ; but without producing the slightest effect. Her face wore a sort of purple hue; her features awfully distorted; and her violence so great, that it was almost impossible to hold her. Upon this, an individual, whose name I am not at liberty to mention, suggested to me the propriety of applying to her one of the miraculous medals of the Blessed Mother of God, which are solemnly blessed by the Archbishop of Paris, and concerning which I will give you, in a few words, the history. In the year 1830, just before the last revolution broke out, in consequence of the ordonnances of King Charles the Xth, a holy nun, (a Sister of Charity,) who is now living in Paris, had a vision, * in which she beheld the blessed Virgin Mary, who foretold the terrible calamities that were about to befal France; commanding her, at the same time, to cause a medal to be struck, on which her holy image should be engraved; and promising her miraculous protection to all those who with faith and devotion should wear it. The nun caused the medals to be struck; they

Acts, ii. 17, 18, 19.

were solemnly blessed by the Archbishop of Paris ; and ever since that time they have wrought innumerable miracles in France, in England, and in other countries. But to return to my narrative. I immediately assented to the proposal of the individual alluded to before; and I thereupon requested Mrs. Ambrose Phillipps to bring down one of the miraculous medals, a parcel of which* she had lately received from her cousin, the Hon. Mrs. Stourton, who lives in Yorkshire. As soon as Mrs. Phillipps had brought me the medal, I placed it on the poor woman's bosom. That very instant her contortions and the darkness of her face disappeared ; her excessive strength left her. In less than a minute she could speak; and, in less than five minutes, she rose up and walked to the kitchen, perfectly cured. Since that time she has had no return of the disorder; and I trust that He who mercifully vouchsafed to cure her, will preserve her for the future from that terrible malady. After the fit, she declares that she had none of those symptoms which she states that she always felt after any previous attacks; no headach, no pains in the wrists and ankles, and none of that debility which always used to oppress her for several days on those occasions. On the contrary, she declares that she never was so well before; that the health of her body has only been equalled by the peace and contentment of her soul. She blesses God, &c. &c.

“That God should operate wonders in the present age of the church, is quite what we might expect; when we reflect that this is an age peculiarly guilty of infidelity and general scepticism. In France, the catholic church has but just emerged from one of the most cruel persecutions that she has ever endured, from the time of Christ up to the present day. In that kingdom, and in Italy, she is indeed becoming more glorious than ever (.) But we have only to turn our eyes to Spain, in order to behold new trials, to which the inscrutable providence of her Divine Founder is subjecting her. In England, for near three hundred years, has she endured a long night of persecution ; during that period, it was wonderful that any vestiges of catholicity should subsist at all. Blessed be God, the spell is broken. He in whose hands are the hearts of princes, who ordains in wisdom, and executes his purpose with a divine sweetness, has broken the fetters which his church has so long worn in these kingdoms. And once more, to Englishmen, to Irishmen, and to Scotchmen, the ancient faith of their pious ancestors is freely proclaimed. Throughout these islands our divine religion is making a rapid progress. Churches and chapels, colleges, convents, and schools, are rising up in such numbers and magnificence as to make our enemies quake for fear. And well may they fear; for the arm of the Lord is with us, and we defy them in the name of God to resist us. Heresy, already grown old, and tottering on its last stage, will soon be no more ; and then these three kingdoms will again become faithful portions of the church. Whether we shall live to see this happy, this blessed day, we cannot certainly say; but happy and glorious will he be who contributes to accelerate its arrival."

IRISH TITHE BILL.+
(From the Times of April 26th.)

Last night came on the Irish Tithe Bill in the House of Commons.

It appears that, with a laudable anxiety to supply the deficiencies of the last

Really, one dislikes to speak of such things, for a simple remark looks like levity. But do Mr. Woolfrey and Mrs. Stourton mean, that they can send by the stage-coach, to any quarter of England, parcels of medals, which can work innumerable miracles?- ED.

+ The debate having taken place only on the 25th, there is no time for a single comment on the iniquity of this bill.-Éd.

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