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LITERARY INTELLIGENCE.

It appears that Dr. Hase of one vol. 8vo. 7s. 6d. bds., “LecLeipzig, is superintending a new tures on the distinguishing docand valuable edition of the sym- trines of Popery, delivered before bolical books of the Lutheran numerous congregations of Roman Church. The text is taken from Catholics; by the Rev. T. W. the first editions, but all subse. Dixon, formerly a Roman Cathoquent variations in the printed lic Parish Priest, now Curate of St. copies are to be noted at the foot Peter's, Drogheda; author of "Poof each page-critical and histori. pish Misrepresentations checked.” cal notices are to be prefixed to “The Catholic Miscellany" aneach article.

A Reply to Mr. Town. A new religious periodical is send's Review of the Declaration shortly to appear in Hamburgh, of the Catholic Bishops." By the and will be conducted by the fol. Rev. George Corless. lowing distinguished divines :- A New Manual of Scriptural Doctors Gieseler, Lucke, Nitzsch, Prayer and Pr ical Meditation, Ullman, and Umbriet. Messrs. in one vol. 12mo. pp. 364, is just Perthes are the publishers. published by Cuddon, and may be

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RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

SCRIPTURE READERS' SOCIETY. tended to by persons employed as

As we are anxious to keep in Readers." view the various religious societies 1. You are to travel about, connected with Ireland, and more through the district appointed for particularly the one here noticed, you, visiting from house to house, we shall add to our former account for the purpose of reading the of its origin and objects, the fol- Scriptures to the lower orders, lowing Instructions, which are accompanying such reading with strictly enjoined upon every per- plain remarks; pointing their atson employed as a Reader in the tention to Him of whom they tes, service of this Society. They are tify throughout, as the way, the usually prefixed to the Readers' truth, and the life. Journal, and to judge from the 2. Remember that your princispecimen with which we have been pal object must be to call the atfavoured in the Journal of the Lons- tention of men to the Scriptures, dale Reader, we have reason to strongly urging, upon their own believe that these instructions are authority, the sin of neglecting most conscientiously observed by them ; setting them forth as the that useful though humble class of only infallible rule of faith and Irish labourers. We regret that practice, as able to make men wise we cannot at this time favour our unto salvation, through faith which is readers with a few extracts from in Jesus Christ : so that your hearthis interesting document. On the ers may learn that they are given whole, however, we feel assured by inspiration of God; and are prothat the Society in question has fitable for doctrine, for reproof for effectually recommended itself to correction, for instruction in rightthe public support, and we are eousness ; that the man of God may glad to have another opportunity be perfect, thoroughly furnished of inviting attention to its import- unto all good works. ant proceedings.

3. You are strictly prohibited “ Instructions to be strictly at- from carrying about with you, for the purpose either of reading to you by your superintendant, and the people, or of distributing your movements within them are amongst them, any book or pub- to be entirely directed by him. lication but the Scriptures of the You are upon all occasions to be Old and New Testament.

governed by his advice. You are 4. You are strictly prohibited to consider yourself as under his from preaching, either in houses directions, and every part of your or elsewhere; and must avoid, conduct is to be opened to his altogether, assemblies of the peo- examination and controul. You ple at fairs, or markets-your bu- will receive from him such copies siness is to be with families and of the Scriptures as he shall think individuals.

it right you should distribute; and 5. Carefully avoid giving offence, you are implicitly to obey such inby harsh or unkind attacks upon structions as he shall give you, as the errors of those with whom to the terms upon which, and the you have to do; but avail your- places where, you are to circulate self of such opportunities as the them. passages you read, or the remarks 10. You are to communicate of the hearers may afford, for af- with your employers only through fectionately setting before them your superintendant, and not by the truth from the Scriptures them- letter directly; you will receive selves; or so that their error may your salary from him, which will appear to be exposed or reproved, be paid to you by such instalments rather by the word of God, than as he may think expedient. by your own words; and that in a 11. You are directed to keep a spirit of love, and not of contro- regular journal of each day's proversy. In so doing, you are not ceedings, noting carefully the plato rest satisfied with quoting from ces, and if possible the names of memory; but, as much as possible, the owners of each house in which make it your habit to refer to the you shall have read the Scriptures ; Book itself, and to read from it. and mentioning precisely the por

6. If you are well received in tions of Scripture read by you on any place, continue there as long each occasion. You must not saf. as you find yourself useful, unless fer the preparing of your journal your presence should excite vio. to interfere with your more imsent and public opposition; in portant duties. Let it be a plain which case it will be your duty to narrative of facts, briefly but accudepart for a time.

rately stated. Trust as little as 7. On your arrival in any place, possible to memory; but, at faror in journeying through your dis- thest, note the transactions of each trict from place to place, you must day before the close of the next. leave no house unvisited where 12. Your journal must at all there is any reasonable prospect times be open to the inspection of of your being useful. If every your superintendant, and must be door is shut against you, do not deposited with him at the end of spend time in endeavouring to every three months to be transovercome opposition, but seek mitted to your employers. another neighbourhood.

13. Abstain in every part of 8. If in any place, or with any your conduct, from artifice or person, you have been the means misrepresentation, and do not inof awakening attention to the tentionally give occasion of misScriptures, it will be in the highest take as to your own creed, or prodegree important to endeavour to fession of religion ; and should any keep that attention alive, by fre- change take place as to your views quently revisiting that place or that of doctrine, or of church governperson.

ment, you are required to notify 9. The limits within which you the same to your superintendant. are to travel will be assigned to You are called upon to take an

active part in the service of God; nature calculated to turn into ridi. let it be your constant effort to cule the most holy of all relishew a pattern of the life of a gions." These facts replied the true Christian-in patience, for- Abbé, are well known to travellers, bearance, meekness, and true ho- At Naples, they make St. Janualiness.

rius weep. “I only relate what I And to this end, live in constant

saw.” prayer, attend on all the ordinan- At home, in a Protestant Churchces and means of grace used by yard, I myself witnessed a piece the denomination of Christians to of superstition, not so knavish, which you belong, especially be but equally puerile and debasing diligent in the study of Holy Scrip- to Christianity. Three funerals ture, let the Lord be your strength happening to come up at nearly and your dependance; trust in the the same time, the greatest emuLord with all thine heart, and lean lation arose among their different not unto thine own understanding; friends, to see which would be in all thy ways acknowledge him, interred first. I asked why they and he shall direct thy paths. contended so earnestly about Prov. iii. 5, 6.

what was apparently so indiffer

ent. They told me that each FANATICISM.-ST. PATRICK's

party, was afraid of having their WELL, COUNTY LIMERICK. friend put down last; the conse

quence of which would be, that To the Editor of " the Christian Examiner."

whoever was last, would be drawMr.Editor,—The affinity be- ing water to the souls in Purgatory, tween Popery and fanaticism both until some corpse was interred. at home and abroad, is very re- There is a village about five markable. The following fact is miles from Limerick, called Pamentioned by Madame Campan in trick's Well. It derives its name her journal, on the credit of an from a well dedicated to the tituAbbě, a man of distinguished cha- lar saint. Over the well a slab is racter and of great piety.

erected with the usual likeness of The Abbé B-- one day told St. Patrick on it. If you stay in Madame Campan, that during his this village for a little time, you residence in Italy, he frequently will see numbers of people bend saw in the streets, monks of vari. themselves in a posture of proous orders, mounted on planks or found reverence and adoration opchairs of wood, preaching or hold. posite the slab, when they pass ing conferences. When these con- and repass on the road. These are ferences took place in the churches, facts to attest what the genius of a Christ as large as a child, whose Popery is : they are mentioned to head was made to move by means shew how much a reform is still of a spring, was supported by one wanting in the Church of Rome, of the chorister boys concealed notwithstanding all we have heard within the pulpit. During these in the present day of her compaconferences, the priest asked the

rative purity. Christ whether he would forgive

VIATOR. such things, and by help of the Limerick, spring, which was moved by the boy, the Christ bowed in token of ECUCATION IN IRELAND. assent, or shook his head in token In the year 1811, the Commisof disapproval, just as the priest sioners of Education computed thought proper to determine. the number of Schools in Ireland Madame Campan says,

at 4,600, and that of scholars, at Monsieur B-told us this, I 200,000 : in 1824, the former said, never repeat such a story amounted to 11,823, and the latagain. I cannot conceive that the ter to 560,549 : in both instances clergy would tolerate things of a they considerably more than dou

“ when

bled in thirteen years. In the for- Doyle's celebrated pastoral, we mer year, the Association in Ca- fear it will not add much to the pel-street had but 38 schools, and scriptural information of the stuin the latter 226 ; and the schools, dent. In Ulster, there are 1,460 those of the Kildare Society, schools under Roman Catholic the London, Hibernian, and Bap- masters and mistresses. In 1,119 tist Society, were in the former, of them, so powerful is Protestant respectively, 8,0,38,0, and in the example and influence, the Scriplatter, 113, 919, 618, and 88: the tures are read; while in Leinster, Roman Catholic Schools in the where the number of the same latter year amounted to 422. schools is 2,486, but 745 read

There are in Ireland, founded them: in Munster, where there by individuals, and wholly sup- are 2,777 such schools, 497 use ported by them, 322 schools; and the Bible: and in Connaught, out partly maintained by individuals of 1,262 schools, the number asaccepting aid, and conforming to certained to be using the Scripthe rules of one of the several tures is but 333. Societies, 2,332 such schools, containing 138,214 scholars.

SUNDAY SCHOOL SOCIETY IN Of the 560,549 scholars who at

IRELAND. tend the above 11,823 schools, The following is a statement of 408,285 are of the Roman Catho- the number of Sunday Schools on lic persuasion : and of these, by the list of this Society, in each the shewing of the Roman Catho- Province, on the 5th of January, lic clergy, but 46,963 children 1827, and which had been assisted attend Roman Catholic schools, with gratuitous grants of Books leaving to the voluntary education by the Society since its formation of the Protestants, no less a num

in Nov. 1809: also a statement of ber than 361,322, almost eight- the number of gratuitous teachers, ninths of the entire number.

and of the scholars, compared : Of the 422 schools immediately with the population at large, as under Roman Catholic controul, stated in the census, taken by or87 profess to read the Sacred Vo. der of the Legislature, in 1821. lume, while 949 declare that it is The larger table from which this not read. How it is used in the abstract is taken, contains a stateother class, we have no means of ment of the population, number judging ; but if, as directed in Dr. of schools, &c., in each county.

No of
Population No. of No. of

Proportion of
Schools. Scholars.

Gratuitous Scholars to

Teachers. Population. Province of Ulster

2,001,966 1,395 127,548 10,7661 to 16 Leinster 1,785,702

306
22,019 2,213

81 Connaught 1,053,918 .118 5,703 512

185 Munster 2,005,363 126 8,214 913

244 6,846,949 1,945 | 163,484 14,404 1 to 42 In connexion with the.

1,804 152,391 13,255 1 45 Society, March 1, 1826. ) Increase

141 11,093 1,149

in 1821.

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Clerk....--Between “hic and “hodie," (n. 119) insert me,

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NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS, &c.

The last communication of “D" shall be inserted in our next.
The suggestion of “Clericus" shall be attended to.
We thank “X," “ Extractor," “A Protestant Subscriber," and “G. W," for their

communications: and “ A Friend" for a copy of Mr. Faber's tract.

THE

PROTESTANT GUARDIAN.

DECEMBER, 1827.

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES A PERFECT RULE

OF FAITH.

THAT a rule of faith be perfect, it is necessary that it be so evident as to need no interpretation, and so complete as to need no addition. We have already shown that the Protestant rule of faith, the divinely inspired Scripture, is as to its most important sense, intelligible to all who desire to discover the truth from it; so that it needs no interpretation : it remains to show that Holy Scripture contains all things necessary to salvation; so that it needs no addition.

It is antecedently in a high degree improbable, that-in the four Gospels, which relate several of our Lord's discourses, addressed to the people publicly, and to his disciples in private-in the book of the Acts of the Apostles, which contains the public discourses of the Apostles and their acts assembled in council, after that the Spirit, which was to lead them into all truth, had descended upon them-in the Epistles of the Apostles, some of which were addressed to the Church at large, some to newly-formed Christian Churches, some to the pastors of those Churches, and some to private individuals. It is antecedently in a high degree improbable we say, that in all these documents collectively taken, there should be wanting information as to any necessary part of Christian faith or practice.

The improbability of such deficiency rises to a still higher degree when we come to observe, that, had any necessary part of Christian doctrine been omitted in some of these documents, the persons to whom they were addressed had

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