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to meet the tendencies and the
sym- may watch his emotions, and an open pathies of both sexes; for besides the box, in which the penitent kneels at picture on the altar, there is at one his feet-to see, in fact, a system, side, a picture of a female—the Virgin which requires absolute publicity to -opening her breast, and showing the female in the most trying of all within that thorn-bound, bleeding, circumstances, in order both to preand blazing heart; and on the other serve her purity, which would otherside, a picture of the Redeemer, ex- wise be endangered; and also to hibiting in his lacerated bosom the prove to the world that, at least so far, same object. How entirely they have that purity has not in overt act been misunderstood both the disease and violated. The celibate priest and his the remedy. They have dosed the penitent are thrown into close contact, diseased heart with strong medicines, and the legal arrangement for this which instead of having in them any- purpose is manifestly a provision to thing sanatory, are cordials that only guard against the inevitable tendency excite to destroy. It is sad to see
of the system. the desolate worshipper struggling in It is gratifying, however, to learn sincerity after this mystic and inebri- that there are elements in operation ating enjoyment. It is only more which must, to a very great extent, sad to see the priestly director, infidel counteract the agencies now at work to the power of his own nostrum, yet for the restoration of Popery and its rejoicing in that measure of influence moral horrors. Among others, there by which he entangles his victims, are two men, of the first talent, proand hampers a flight that might other- fessors in the University of Paris, wise have carried them beyond his who are delivering, both from the range.
chair and the press, lectures calculated A very large convent has lately been to rouse the common sense and moral established, the buildings of which are feeling of the people against the system erected immediately above the Haut by which they have been held in Ville, or High Town, in a style of bondage. These are MM. Michelet great splendour. It is established in and Quinet. It is difficult to obtain direct connexion with this mystic their works in provincial towns. worship; and the nuns are called Those booksellers who are at all sub“ The Ladies of the Sacred Heart.” servient to the partie pretre will not The object is not only to sustain the sell them, but shrug their shoulders, Romish cause, but to catch hold of and assume an ignorance of their exthose weak and ignorant enthusiasts,
istence. Such works must, however, who in consequence of inefficient make their way. Michelet has rereligious education, strong feelings, cently issued a very powerful paper and, frequently, Puseyistic clerical on "The Priest, the Wife, and the agency, are found in such numbers Family ;” in which the insulted feelin our own communion, a ready prey ings of nature rise in sublime indigto Romanism. The English saunter nation against that invisible agency up there in idleness, and listen to the which governs every thought and masses, well performed, think an im- feeling of the domestic hearth, to the passioned thought or two, and incon- practical exclusion of its master. He siderately barter the privileges of a shows with great eloquence of style, rational religion, for a dreamy and that the celibate priest is, by the very unintelligible devotion; and the do- necessity of his celibacy, hostile in all minion of God over the heart, which his feelings to the domestic and socannot but be wise and good, for the cial comfort of married men; and yet paltry and blasphemous imitation of that to him is committed the absolute it by the usurping creature.
dominion over the mind both of wife Oh! how lamentable it is to walk and daughters, so that the attempt at through the churches here, and see any moral or religious thought or the range of confessionals, composed conversation within the range of a each of them of a close box, in which man's own little circle of home influthe priest sits concealed, that no one ence is at once treated with indifferNOVEMBER—1845.
ence or distrust; and that because and magnify himself by reigning in domestic peace is thus committed to the breasts of men.” the guardianship of its natural enemy, This is the spirit which, most unit has, in Popish countries, no exist- doubtedly-if in God's providence it ence, and never can be restored but be allowed to obtain dominion-must by the destruction of the confessional. be the element of a wondrous change. Those who have seen the priest, and Mysticism and superstition and false, marked “the lurking devil in his unwarranted influence and power, eye,” may well believe this.
must fail before it; and the light of The last work of Quinet is on that truth by which God has deter“ Christianity, and its actual influence mined to govern the world must rise, on the history and character of the as the mists melt before it, to the world, and of our own times.” In cloudless effulgence of meridian day. this inquiry the author pursues, with Here, however, I pause. I shall an enthusiasm peculiarly his own, hope, on a future occasion, to give truth, absolute, unadulterated truth. you a longer paper on the main views
• If needful, I prefer to of these very valuable writers. Based stand alone with a clear conscience, as they are evidently on a solid reverrather than to have all the civilities of ence for Scripture, they wield a twothe world with me, and carry within edged weapon of fearless research, me a divided mind.” Speaking of before which falsehood cannot make the ruling authority of established and then victory, come when opinions, he says, “ It is a rule in it will, will not be the victory of premilitary law, never to lend an ear to, cedent, or established authority, or or to obey, any order, message, or the voice of the majority, or a reversummons, from a force that has be
ence for tradition; but it will be that come prisoners of war.
which we must come to at last, and dering their arms, they have lost the which the honour of the Almighty moral right of requiring to be heard. source of truth does absolutely reNow the doctrines which called on us quire for the vindication of his govfor abject submission, are the prison- ernment, the victory of truth, unsulers of the Church and of the world. lied and unallied, over every phase Being, therefore, free ourselves, we and form of error. send back these messages of captivity
Thankful shall I be if your very fettered as they come, and unanswer- valuable publication, which has ever ed, to the place from whence they walked onward steadily in the right issue.” And again, “In the deep of line, shall have its share in the work the soul we can adore only that which by which truth becomes omnipotent, is adorable, we cannot flatter, we can- and in the meed of praise by which not crown anything that is not divine. its final triumph is acknowledged. With such views it is very possible
I am, &c., that you may not rise in worldly dig
LATIMER. nity, but you will be the children of God, you will be men of the truth; and that is at this very hour the rarest RENEWED APPEAL ON BEHALF OF dignity on the face of the earth.”
Yet with all this boldness of enquiry, there is a manifest reverence of a very high order for revealed DR. Merle D’Aubigné has said—“It truth-a solemn conviction that it is is in France, it is in Italy, that the truth, and a desire to see its proper force, the nerve of Popery is to be influence restored. “ We knock," found. If Popery is overcome there,
at the door of the Church, it is overcome in all the world. Rome and ask that He, whom they call to knows very well how to choose the our dishonour the God of the people, place where she intends to engage may not lie motionless upon his cross battle. She chooses first Belgium, of wood, but that he may awake to then Tahiti, and now Ireland; tomight in the power of his doctrine, morrow it will perhaps be England,
Let us choose, likewise, the place At Sens, a very large Roman Ca. where we shall fight the battle with tholic town, about 60 miles S.E. from Rome. A great battle is now taking Paris, (the seat of an Archbishop,) place in the world—a battle of the where there has never been ProtestWord of God against the word of ant preaching, the labours of the
The result of this battle will colporteurs have roused the desire of decide the fate of the world.”
the people to have Protestant worship. The French Evangelical Society is M. Audebez, of Paris, (one of the exclusively devoted in its labours to ministers of the Chapelle Laitbout,) the Departments of France, and can- accordingly visited them, and has, for not embrace the evangelization of some months, been preaching to them Paris; but as “Paris is France” by almost daily, so eager are they for the universal consent, the work carried truth. A congregation of 1200 peron in the capital is of equal import- sons has often assembled, and it is ance with that in the provinces. The believed that in the course of a year, Christians in Paris, with ardent, un- as many as 50 ministers will be reabated zeal, and sacred disinterested- quired for as many congregations. ness, have to bear the responsibility Schools are forthwith to be establishof the Evangelical Society, with some ed. Premises that will provide a of whom it originated, as to funds chapel to contain 1000 hearers, a and management, and also to give dwelling-house for the minister, and their time, energy, and property, to
schools for both sexes, have been purthe extension of the Redeemer's cause chased, and one individual has anonyin Paris.
mously given £600 towards the exIn strengthening the evangelical pense. Thus God can raise up men efforts in Paris, and multiplying the and funds when he needs them for number of agents there, the spring- his designs! A military officer, now head of power and influence is being resident in Sens, whose services have enlarged, which must exert an influ- been acknowledged by military honence on the more distant fields of
ours, has since this awakening visited labour.
Paris, and seen the friends who had A few particulars relating to each been the means of sending such blesof these spheres will now be given. sings to him and his fellow-citizens.
In some of the Departments the He was quite affected by what he saw desire of hearing the Gospel and hav- and heard there; being invited to the ing Protestant worship has spread houses of Christians, he found himlike electric fire. The whole of the self in a new world, where all seemed Saintange, a district not far from pure and spiritual enjoyment, so that Bordeaux, which was deluged with he longed for the return of the eventhe blood of the Huguenot martyrs, ing hour, when he should again meet has arisen, and declared for the faith with them. He says that a moral of their ancestors. Nearly a hundred revolution has been effected in Sens. communes in a circle have professed Indeed, the work of the Committee Protestantism, and requested preach- is almost overwhelming. Sonetimes
and schoolmasters. 196,000 at one of their weekly sittings, they copies of the Scriptures have been spend five hours in hearing letters sold almost exclusively amongst the from their agents. What must such Roman Catholics of France. During a mass of communications involve of the past year, above 300 colporteurs thought and subsequent exertion! have been labouring over the surface These Christian friends, labouring of the country. In places that had also for Paris, though struggling with not been visited for several years, pecuniary difficulties, are in good groups of persons, from 10 to 40, spirits, and full of real and faith; were found, who, by the simple read- determined to go ahead in their Masing of the Bible, had been led to de- ter's affairs. God is rendering their sert a false worship, and were edify- different modes of propagation so ing themselves by the Truth, without extraordinarily efficient, that their any liying voice to aid them.
hope and courage triumph over alarm
and difficulty. Their Schools, in K, could not but express his surprise, which about 1250 Roman Catholic and asked the man where he had įmchildren receive daily Scriptural in- bibed such just and Christian princistruction, are in a very encouraging ples. He was immediately answered, state. One of the oldest police ma- In the Bible, in which he read free gistrates in the Faubourg du Temple, quently, and which had inspired him thus speaks of those in his quarter. with the earnest desire to do all he “Most certainly the influence of
your could to conform himself to the law school is very great. It is felt, not of Christ." These were the literal merely by the mass of children who expressions used. M. K. then enhad previously been left to themselves, quired if he had met with a Protest(the greatest part vagabonds, against ant. “No,” said the coachman, “ Į whom I was obliged at every instant am a Catholic.” “How, then, have to be executing the law,) but the you the Bible in your possession ?" beneficent influence has extended to « The Bible in which I read,” said the families of these children; and I he, “is not mine, but in my family. I can testify that since the opening of have a young nephew and niece; each these invaluable schools, I have ob- of them has a Bible, and when I go served a very favourable change in home, I borrow it either from one or the moral character of a great num- the other, to read.”
“But how came ber of persons who have either directly these children to have the Bible ?" or indirectly been broughtinto connec- “Why, sir, these children go to a tion with your masters and mistresses. large school in a distant faubourg A great many families are quite re- most likely you have never heard of formed, either out of respect for their it. There some excellent gentlemen children, or for the lessons they have have founded a school, and every been taught at the school, and many year they are so good as to give artibad habits have been corrected which cles of encouragement to the scholars, tormerly they practised without scru- and it is in this way that my young ple.
nephew and niece have obtained their The following anecdote, extracted Bibles. These children, sir, haye from a letter of M. de Pressensé, been taught in that school that the confirms the preceding testimony as Bible is a good book to read; they to the collateral effects of these schools. were taught this particularly in what About eight days since, as our friend is there called the Sunday-school. M. K. was on his way to meet the Seeing the great pleasure they had in Committee, he found himself obliged reading this book, I was tempted, by to take a cabriolet. Two were on the curiosity, to look into it myself; and stand-one of these was of the ancient thus it happened that I was brought form, where the driver is within and to wish to conform myself in everybeside the passenger.
Our friend thing to the law of Christ. But that chose it, because it would afford him which has fixed and strengthened this an opportunity of having some reli- desire, is, that at the same school, on gious conversation with the coach- Sunday and Wednesday evenings,
He began by talking on in- ministers come to explain the Gospel, different subjects, and then gradually and they do it in such a manner as tu turned his remarks to the peculiar touch and melt the hardest heart. occupation of his companion, showing Whenever I am able I go to these by his questions that he felt an inter- meetings." After a pause, M. K. est in his welfare. This led the said, “Well, my friend, I know percoachman to speak with the greatest fectly well the school of which you candour; and among other thing, he speak, and you see before you one of said his employment was laborious, its managers.” The coachman, struck and far from lucrative; especially with astonishment, and filled with when a man will not deceive his respect, turned hastily towards M.K, master, but give him an exact account and taking off his hat, offered the every day after his receipts. After effusions of a grateful heart, and praythis and many similar remarks, M. ed that God would reward him and his
TRACTS IN FRANCE.
colleagues, for the blessings they had closed, if priestly influence can carry been the means of diffusing in his its point with the government, quarter. The coachman has since been to see one of the ministers of [The Editor will have much pleasure the chapel, has purchased a Bible, in forwarding any contributions for and expressed a wish to know when this interesting work, which he he could be received to have some strongly recommends to the beneprivate conversation on religion, The volence of his readers.] minister found him a very interesting
The schools in the Faubourg St. Antoine also go on most satisfactorily, and begin to realize the benevolent The following occurs in the commudesigns of their founder. By those nication of a friend. After expresswho have seen earlier papers it will be ing his surprise and sorrow that durrecollected that every attempt made ing last year, (1844,) he could find no to introduce the Gospel into this de- depository of the Society's English praved district of Paris, was rendered works at any bookseller's at Paris, nugatory by the opposition of the nor obtain them from his Christian populace. It was therefore resolved friends there: he writes, “But what to try what the gentle influence of a was a real matter of grief to me, was, girl's school would effect.
that although I could not myself supvaluable mistress was providentially ply these people with tracts, the wife found, who has gained the affections of one of the English foremen had of both children and parents. The arrived from England, bringing with latter are now willing to come and her a parcel of Tracts, which had hear their children instructed from been given to her; looking these over, the Scriptures, and an interesting I found some of them written with a congregation is assembled every Sab- view to oppose the pure and simple bath evening, and a number of the truth of Scripture, and the whole ashearers appear to be savingly impress- sortment of them of a hurtful characed. A colporteur is stationed in the ter. Here, then, was a really interdistrict, and devotes much of his esting little band of intelligent Entime to these parents. He is able to glish people, with their blooming and hold weekly prayer-meetings in more lovely children growing up around than one of their houses. But this them, and the parents themselves deundertaking will not be complete, un- claring to me that they would willingtil a school for boys can been added ly make considerable pecuniary sacrito it; for while the sisters are taught fices in order that they might have to know nothing as to the way of sal- some means of grace. At this spot, vation but Jesus Christ and Him when I could not supply them with crucified, the broth rs in the same the wholesome food of religious truth, family, if they are i structed at all, the enemy had been more upon the are taught to rely upon and adore the alert, and had come first, in order to Virgin Mary, and to defend all the sow tares. Since that period, I am errors of Romanism, What is very aware that a depository has been remarkable, as many as 400 families opened at Mr. Delay's, the Protestant of the Faubourg desire that a school Library in the Rue Tronchet at Paris. may be founded for their boys. Still “Let me add a word to English as public Roman Catholic instruction Christians visiting France. In differis provided gratis, it is not possible ent parts of France, there are many to require these people to pay for interesting English families connectProtestant training. Hence the need ed with the fabriques and railroads. of continued help being sent; but
These are much more numerous than doubtless this will be granted prompt
travellers might at first imagine. If ly, as it should be borne in mind that a Christian friend, when travelling, the door of access to these persons
is would enquire at different fabriques open now, but may at any time be for the English connected with them,