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Ay, dear uncle, is it not delightful ? But I must tell you more. The distress which, at present, has only reached a few, comparatively, of the clergy, in other parts of Ireland, menaces them as a body, more nearly than you may suppose. They are living principally on the credit still given by tradespeople, who well know that their characters guarantee an honourable repayment, whenever the means found. This credit, however, cannot last long ; for the dealers themselves are often poor men ; and cannot afford it. To answer the demand on their integrity, the clergy are suffering their life insurances to fall; and this, in most cases, leaves their families unprovided for. The call is urgent; and those who would first do good to the real“ household of faith,” may prefer a plan that admits of greater discrimination than the mere public one. Some, however, prefer using the medium of the Irish Bishops ; and the primate, I am told, possesses the full confidence of all the clergy; and sums lodged in his hands are by him applied with promptitude, judgment, and that delicate regard to individual feeling which every benevolent spirit must desire scrupulously to observe. The use made by our brethren of the assistance afforded will be to satisfy the claims of the trades-people who supply their families, and so to go on with them, until the government do something to rid themselves of the sin and disgrace that must cleave to them, wbile these faithful ministers of the Church by law established remain unsuccoured.
• What you have said of the Primate is applicable to other Prelates, I should hope.'
*Oh yes, to many. He is pointed out as holding
the most extensive communication, in bis official capacity, with the entire body of the clergy; and happily enjoying their confidence, as a firm supporter of his persecuted Church. We all know that the Archbishop of Tuam, whose testimony has proved so valuable in this touching question, is one in whose heart's core lives the cause of his Master, and of that Master's faithful servants. They are fellow-helpers in a work, the sacredness of which, and its bearing upon the eternal interests of millions, no human power can estimate.'
Thank you, dear niece, for so much welcome information. Welcome, as shewing that a way is opened for the admission and distribution of what none ought to withhold, who, by any degree of selfdenial can slip a mite into this most hallowed treasury. And now I will recompence you, by some intelligence that I lately heard from a very satisfactory source.'
* Respecting the clergy, uncle?'
· Yes, inasmuch as it bears testimony to their past labours, and gives promise that the Lord has yet much work for which they are, perhaps, even now being prepared in a refining furnace. My informant assures me, that, at this moment the great mass of the people in Ireland are ready to renounce their apostate church : that the influence of the priesthood bas dwindled into nothing, as regards their religious character, but maintains a political grasp on the minds of the people, who are taught to regard them as leaders in a party, pledged to obtain for them some mighty boon, the nature of which they do not comprehend, but take it for granted that it is to be universally beneficial.'
So, when that bubble bursts, uncle, we may hope to see great things effected, for the real and eternal advantage of those interesting, misguided people?'
There never was a more encouraging view than Ireland, in some points, presents to us; if we allow for her dark and distracted state through centuries of misgovernment and neglect. Bread has been cast upon those waters by many a hand, during the last twenty years, with little hope of finding it again, save what was founded on the divine promise. The days are rapidly accomplishing, the promise is hastening to a glorious fulfilment. I firmly believe that this deepening darkness is the prelude to a sudden burst of dawning light; and that the enemy is bringing up all his infernal hosts for the purpose of driving God's ministers from their stations, because he sees a mighty revolution at hand, menacing his long-established rule, and presenting a noble field for the operations of those who will go forth with redoubled energy,-when, their tribulation working patience, and their patience experience, they shall grasp, with the strong hand of faith, a hope that even now shines in the distance of their dark horizon-the glorious hope of seeing their beloved country become the abode of pure religion, and their unhappy persecutors the children of the Most High.'
Sweet encouragement, indeed, dear uncle, for us who desire to minister to the saints at this awful crisis !'
• A crisis it is, truly and emphatically, and as such we are bound to regard it. The good leaven that God's people have all, we must hope, in some way contributed to introduce among the Irish population, is now working to an extent little suspected by them; and Satan labours with all his might to stay its progresssive influence. He presents us with every external discouragement, hoping to conceal the real state of the people from our eyes ; bat long he cannot do it. Look at the letter recently published, and see by what means the reign of terror, 'is maintained, the growing convictions of men's minds suppressed. Observe what a picture is presented to the people, naturally kind-hearted, in the demeanour, the sufferings of the benevolent clergy of the persecuted church, contrasted with the tyranny, the rapacity, the pampered self-indulgence of their own priesthood. Remember that the word of God is quietly making its way into their villages and soli. tary cabins, by the ministration of scripture readers, and the wide establishment of scriptural schools. I could give you, niece, a striking illustration of what I now advance, but I hope to obtain it for your next number, from the hand of a deep and attentive observer, whose representations are founded on a personal experience of some years, passed amid the scenes that he will narrate. Now, in the prospect of an out-break of protestantism among the people, do you not see what would be the importance of the Protestant church-affording at once a rallying-point and a refuge to those who forsook the communion of Rome? Oh, believe me, the wolf desires nothing so much as the removal of those shepherds who are even now proving their readiness to lay down, like their Master, their lives for the sheep: and who wait to gather in others not yet of their fold !'
• I see it, uncle, most clearly; and I also remember the striking words uttered by an eloquent speaker at the last annual meeting of the Irish Society of London. He caught at an expression in the report, that the blessing of God rested on the church of Ireland, and told us, “ If she has God's blessing, we may firmly infer that God is not about to abandon her: when a man beautifies and furnishes a house afresh, it proves that he has no intention of forsaking his customary abodewhen a vine-dresser cultures and dresses his vine, it shows that he does not give it up as worthless. So, when God has been pleased to beautify and adorn tbe church of Ireland, not with the silver, and gold, and precious stones of this perishing world, but with the jewels and precious stones of the sanctuary above, and to clothe it with the beauty of holiness, it may be confidently inferred that he is not about to forsake her. When the heavenly Vine-dresser has poured down the dews of his grace, when the youths are found to be rising up and blessing the streams thereof, does it not prove that though men threaten the church, the divine Husbandman will not forsake her? And “ if God be for us, who shall be against
While I repeated this, my uncle stood smiling, and listening with the joyous aspect of a man whose dearest hopes are receiving some unexpected confirmation. At the close, he exclaimed, · Beautiful and just! Well do I remember how my heart echoed the sentiment six months ago, and very cheering it is to recall it now. This analogy, traced by faith, is a glorious thing, and eminently scriptural are both the images employed by Mr.