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11, EXETER HALL.

MDCCC XLV.

Vice-Presidents.

HIS GRACE THE DUKE OF NEW- | SIR DIGBY MACKWORTH, BART. CASTLE.

SIR HENRY SMITH, BART., M.P. RIGHT HON. THE EARL OF W. S. BLACKSTONE, M.P. WINCHILSEA.

HENRY BLANSHARD. RIGHT Hon. THE EARL OF COLONEL BRUEN, M.P. BROWNLOW.

G. BUCHAN.
RIGHT HON. EARL MOUNT THE CHISHOLM.
CASHEL.

E. J. COOPER, M.P.
RIGHT HON. VISCOUNT LORTON. ADMIRAL DUFF.
RIGHT HON. LORD KENYON. ALEXANDER GORDON.
RIGHT HON. LORD FARNHAM, J. E. GORDON.
M.P.

JOHN HARDY, M.P.
RIGHT HON. LORD FEVERSHAM. DONALD MACLEAN, M.P.
VISCOUNT BERNARD.

GENERAL MʻINNES. HON. S. R. MAXWELL.

MAJOR-GENERAL MARSHALL. RIGHT HON. SIR GEORGE ROSE, J. P. PLUMPTRE, M.P. BART.

HENRY POWNALL. stR ANDREW AGNEW, BART. I ALEXANDER PRINGLE, M.P.

PREFACE.

At the close of an eventful year we cannot but offer up our congratulations to Him by whom our labours have been in any degree sustained and prospered.

The past year has been characterized by an increased boldness on behalf of those attacking, and increased determination on the part of those who defend our Institutions.

To those who have watched carefully and diligently the signs of the times, matters appear fast hastening to a crisis.

The advocates of truth and those of error seem all to have thrown off the torpor of the last century, and to be burnishing their armour for conflict. They are now marshalling under the banners of different leaders, assuming characteristic marks, and preparing for a struggle.

Rome is gathering fruit from the exertions of her Oxford allies. The seed of Tractarianism has produced a harvest of Popery.

We hear of secession after secession. We are not surprised. We have long expected it.

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