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should not hold his office for one hour. Yet this the Commissioners have done in the allocation, and this Lord St. Leonards has confirmed by signing their report.
We shall now furnish the conclusion of the Archbishop's pamphlet, and in leaving this subject shall merely say that a more able document than his Grace's second letter, we have rarely, if ever, read.
“ Probably the many defects and contradictions in the statements for which your Lordship has made yourself responsible, will not be a matter of surprise, when you shall have been made acquainted with the religious tendencies of some of the gentlemen on wbose authority you have been led to rely,
From many statements in the Appendix to the Second Report, it is easy to infer that a close connexion exists between some of the officials of the Commissioners and the agents of proselytism in Ireland. Major Harris corresponds with M. A. Holden, of the proselytizing school at the Coombe, in this city, who, replying, writes to him as his
Dear Sir” (Appendix No. 35), and does not think it necessary to abstain from insulting language against Catholics, even in an official communication. Captain Fishbourne sufficiently indicates a bias in the same direction, by the selection he inakes of schools for the children of a Catholic soldier, and by his connexion with the Reverend gentleman to whom their education is confided. Besides, in the Report of the Society for Irish Church Missions, of May 1, 1857, at page 4, we find the name of Captain Fishbourne among the subscribers. Now what is the object and character of this society, thus sanctioned by the name of the honorary secretary of the Commissioners? It is constituted for the purpose of what are called “ Missions to the Roman Catholics.” It has its staff of missionaries, lay and clerical; it holds controversial classes, and establishes controversial schools for the exclusive benefit of Catholics. The principal points of the teaching appear to be that the Pope is Antichrist that the Pope is the man of sin—that Catholics are idolaters—that Catholics are taught to lie—that Catholics are taught to steal— that Catholics are taught to break faith. The grossness of its language in speaking of the Blessed Sacrament, and of Her whom all generations shall call blessed, is such, that I cannot do more than allude to it without defilement. Handbills containing these doctrines are thrust into our hands, or slipped under our doors : our churches are not safe from the agents of the Society, who consider it an exploit to leave a tract in the prayer books of the worshippers ; our own houses do not always afford us sanctuary from the missionaries. Captain Fishbourne is responsible for every sentiment to which he lends the sanction of bis name, and if he do not believe all this of Catholics, his responsibility is heavier yet as a bearer of false testimony. Yes, my Lord, the Catholic community does hold him responsible for every one of the disgraceful placards that fare upon the walls in the name of his society; for its handbills that are Auttered in our faces, and its advertisements that figure in the newspapers, exhausting the varieties The Catholic soldier will plead the original compact between the country and himself-that compact, than which there is none more holy between man and man—that compact, in virtue of which the country for whom the father of a family gives up his life, becomes exactly such a mother to his children as he should have been a father. The law of this compact, my Lord, is the offspring neither of statute nor of custom. It was not enacted by the Queen, although it is embodied in her Commission ; it was passed without the consent or authority of parliament. “Est hæc non scripta sed nata lex, ad quam non docti sed facti, non instituti sed imbuti sumus ; quam non didi. cimus, accepimius, legimus ; verum etiam ex ipsâ naturâ arripuimus, hausimus, expressimus,”
My Lord, notwithstanding the hands and seals that authenticate the Report before me, I refuse to hold the Commissioners, and prio. cipally your Lordship, responsible for all that it contains. "The aggregate of honour for which those signatures stand, and the great learning represented by one of them, give an air of paradox to their appearance at the foot of such a document. I do not presume to suggest an explanation, unless, perhaps, easy faith and a misplaced confidence may account for its adoption. But I hope to see her Majesty's Commissioners as forward as others in the work of reparation and amends. Catholics seek no triumph-their humble ambi
. tion is limited to safety; they ask nothing better than to be dealt with according to military honour and commercial bonesty; but not the honour of army contractors, nor the honesty of the Royal British Bank. Undo the injurious ligatures that ignorant or malicious hands have knotted upon this or that member of the body politic, and suffer the charity of the nation to flow through all her arteries. It is no pro. fit to gorge one by the depletion of another. If an impartial distribution of the surplus funds be decided on, if the children of Catholic soldiers now detained in Protestant schools be placed under Catholic care, if all the information asked for by His Grace the Duke of Norfolk be granted, if it be made plain to the comprehension of the Catholic soldier, that he has rights in fact as well as upon paper, and that no man, lay or clerical, shall be suffered to encroach upon their sacredness, then will the bad effects of this Report be corrected; but une less that be done promptly, broadly, and intelligibly, it will have to be said, that never did there issue from any departmeut of the state a paper more hurtful to the best interests of the country and of the military service, than the document upon which it has been my duty to address your Lordship.”
Comment on the above passage would be useless. We have now done. We have shewn the injustice done to the Catholic body, in placing their representatives in such a small minority. We have stated the result of having such a Secretary in the cases to which we have referred. We have only to add, that we regret the existence of any necessity for complaints, but we regret still rcure the disingenuous and untruthful manner in which those complaints have been met. But that disingenuousness has been its own punishment, as by means of those documents which necessity compelled them to produce, we have been able to detect the absence of those they have suppressed.
DERBY LEGAL APPOINTMENTS IN IRELAND.
Four Courts' Library, June 24th, 1858. MY DEAR FRIEND,
You and I have often talked over that faculty of the poetic mind, which very frequently makes the poet appear the prophet. Of modern poets, Geothe, perhaps, develops most clearly this faculty. How the soul of the reader reels, as it were, before the flashes of that intellect, which, long years ago, in his quiet home at Weimar, could thus word-paint the Derby appointments in Ireland
“ Das Unbeschreibliche
Hier ist gethan!" Could anything be more perfect? at Last the Indescribable is Realized, or, has Realized Itself.
From the day on which Lord Eglinton quitted the jetty of Kingstown, at the close of his former viceroyalty, to that which again brought him to our shore, the people of Ireland had read little in the Conservative and Orange newspapers, but dispraise of those in office, and emphatic descriptions of all the wonderful things to be accomplished as soon as that conglomeration of genius, ability, learning, eloquence, and Orange Protestantism, a Tory administration, should have once again obtained its proper position-office, and ascendency.
Then we should behold learning on the Bench ; then we should be overwhelmed and astonished by eloquence at the Bar; then we should be dazzled by the splendour of a vice-regal court, rivalling, if not surpassing, that of St. James'sgorgeous dresses, family jewels, which it would be sacrilege to show at Carlisle's Drawing Rooms, lovely women, the ladies, pur sang, coming up from their country places, where they had vegetated during the usurpation of the Whigs ! And thus we dreamed of a life of joy, and thought of the bright days in store for Ireland, and extatic stuff gownsmen who read Tennyson in place of Pitt Taylor, were heard to mutter, as they fondly gazed at the Castle “We drank the Lybian Sun to sleep, and lit
Lamps which outburn'd Canopus. Oh! my life