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Hatchards have just published a very important and well-written pamphlet; by the author of ' A letter to Every body,' &c. entitled ' Abbott versus the Bible.' In a quiet, dispassionate manner, the Corner-Stone and the Young Christian are tested by the word of God; and how awfully opposed to that word they are, let those judge who have made the trial; those who have not may avail themselves of this help.

Although not exactly within the usual scope of our notices, we cannot refrain from announcing the exceedingly beautiful engraving just published by Lupton, from the fine portrait by Saye of the Earl of Roden. The likeness is very striking: the act in which that truly Christian patriot is represented is that of directing the attention of the legislature to. • The humble petition of the Protestants of Ireland,' which lies before him on the table of the House of Lords. That single figure-a three-quarters length of Lord Roden-with the document thus presented, tells a tale that entitles it to rank no less as a historical picture than a portrait. It is a tale on wbich those now in their infancy will one day dwell, either with glowing thankfulness for å rescue achieved through the efforts of a small band, of whom this nobleman may truly be called the leader; or with bitter grief that his generous efforts, and their zealous co-operation, were frustrated by evil men.

THE PROTESTANT.

* As for a torn ruflle,' said my uncle, in reply to my indignant remarks on the outrage to which Lord Winchilsea had been subjected at Exeter Hall, “ As for a torn ruffle, or a much greater matter, he regards it no otherwise than we must all do; that is, as the indication of a coming reign of terror, when it will be an affair of personal hazard to open one's mouth in the cause of national religion, or in defence of the gospel, any way. Well; our friends exhibited a noble instance of Christian forbearance, not only after, but in the heat of the scuffle. God be praised that we were not permitted to disgrace His holy name and cause, by following the dictates of insulted feeling and irritated human nature!'

I could not but see before me a vivid representation of the struggle: for the flash of my veteran uncle's eye, and the quiver of his lip bespoke a highly excited spirit, brought into subjection by a power mightier than that of man. I remarked, “It must have been harder to some natures to endure the insults and outrages that preceded martyrdom than the fiery trial itself. Ay,

, my dear, there are few things more difficult than for men to realize, under such circumstances, that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but spiritual, and to act upon the admonition when the arm of a fellow-creature is raised to smite, and his

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lips unclosed to taunt and to menace. The recent affair was but a shadow of what we must expect: and it strikes me as an especial mercy that we are pat, as it were, into a preparatory school, and forewarned of the difficulty, that we may be forearmed.'

• Bat do you think such outrages will be repeated on future occasions!'

• I think the precautions that will now be taken must, humanly speaking, be effectual in preventing their recurrence for some time to come; but victions are deep that whosoever may be put forward as the perpetrators of these violent acts, the originators have a far higher stake in the matter. We are great troublers of some people-great marplots of their darling schemes. They cannot put us down either by scripture or reason; they cannot influence us by bribe or by intimidation : brute force is all that remains, and by that they hope, at least to thin our assemblies, and to hold up as an object of terror the meetings which they may not again be able to transform into a bear-garden.'

. But what excited this particular outburst of ruffianism, uncle?'

• The most ominous event that has yet crossed their path, niece: the junction of a very large and most influential body of our dissenting brethren on this momentous occasion, with the established church, in a matter so deeply affecting PROTESTANTISM, that all who deserve to share its blessings will and must put out of sight the peculiarities of varying creeds and forms, to rally round that citidel of our faith. It was much regretted that the organ of those our true brethren was withheld to so late an hour from addressing the meeting : but curtailed as he was by a

needless prolixity in other quarters, he said enough to justify the worst fears of our enemies, and to infuse new energy into the hearts of his hearers, who hailed with rapturous cheers the accession of such a host of allies.

What a violent prejudice some good people entertain against the Wesleyan body!'

Yes, I have heard them denounced as worse than Papists by very devout Cbristians, who, if they would take a leaf out of dear old Gideon Ouseley's book, and go work in the Lord's vineyard, as he for half a centary did, in the face of all that man and Satan could do to daunt and deter him, would find little leisure for the splitting of straws on points not 'essential to salvation. But it matters little now: the hour is at hand when the summons shall go forth, not who is a Calvinist, who an Arminian—who is an Episcopalian, who a Presbyterian, who a congregationist ?-but simply and largely, Who is on the LORD's side, who? These restless spirits, who in the violence of their mischievous zeal for innovation are agitating the whole body, ecclesiastical, politic and moral, are but as a fan in the hand of the great Husbandman wherewith he is even now purging his 'floor, causing the chaff to separate from the wheat, and to fly away in all directions, while the latter approximates, forming a heap which he will safely house for himself.

What a strengthening thought is that, dear uncle, when heart and flesh begin to fail under the severity of the blast! But have you a good hope for the country?'

* Don't ask me: I would fain encourage myself and you, but at present it cannot be. Our ship is tossed between two seas, with the wind contrary, the pilot incompetent, the crew incapable. A leak is gaining fast, which must ultimately sink us, unless effectually checked; and our case is that of passengers who are thrown on their own labours and prayers. We must work the pumps wbile ability is given us of God, and permission conceded by man. Less than this we ought not to attempt: more we cannot achieve.'

• This education plan, uncle, will, if ever it be carried into effect, seal the vessel's doom.'

* I doubt it not: did you mark the insolent brag and defiance of O'Connell addressed to the opposers of the measure? “ He was there," he said, “ in the British parliament, in spite of them, and let them turn him out if they could.” How striking was the link thus vauntingly pointed out between the great national sin of 1829, and this frightful project of unchristianizing the whole mass of our youthful population started, and likely to be carried out, within ten years afterwards! We had an overpowering majority of English votes against this atrocious scheme-it is forced on us by the refuse of Irish Popery and treason.'

Five years and a half ago, when we commenced our conversations, uncle, what an assault the editor bad to encounter from various quarters, on the score of our being alarmists, illiberals, and anxious to bring before Christian ladies the importance of subjects which our reprovers deemed unsuited to them. Yet to this day we have, alas! proved but too correct in our prognostications; and events have forced even the most retired females to watch with anxiety the daily intelligence of a legislature that is now bent

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