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The Piratestant Beacon.


(By our London Correspondent.) To those who mark seriously, as every or blood;' and the Romish church seeks

1 Christian man should, the present state to enlist the sympathy of the poor of affairs, the continued aggression of against the imaginary wrongs inflicted the Romanists must be very apparent. upon Catholic paupers. That not New chapels, more priests, fresh per misjudge, let the Romish party themverts, falsely called converts, we find on selves give evidence. In a criticism on every side. In the army, in the work the report of the Irish Synod it says:house, in the jail, the insidious Jesuit : Who after all are the people most confessor steals, and seeks to steal. interested? Those who come nearest Power is the god of these men, they the want and oppression—the poor. worship the World, they compass sea Cannot they be taught to make themand land to make one proselyte; they selves troublesome! Yes, very troubleare as busy as Satan, and their end is some, to their task-masters. A multitude the same : like him, they destroy men's of poor may become an arm of strength. souls.

Cannot every child be withdrawn at They have made great strides with once and simultaneously from the obthe poor, the ignorant, and the untaught, noxious system ?'. If they can do better of whom there are too many in our city for Roman Catholic children than ProWe speak not alone of those untaught testants can, by all means let them within letters or in literature; but their draw them, not only from Irish schools

, advance has been especially with those but from English workhouses ; but so untaught in the Protestant faith. We long as Protestant ratepayers subscribe assert a fact when we say, that the for the support of pauper children, they majority of perverts to the accursed* will expect to have some sort of control faith of Rome, has consisted, and does over the ministrations of religion and will consist, of those who are igno- amongst them.”+ rant of the first principles of religion ; We may continue to quote from the who have never been frequenters of excellent article, because the informachurch or chapel: who have been loose tion therein given will make Protestants and foolish, and who have therefore more alert than they have been. "Sir easily fallen a prey to these, who go John Romilly has placed the most preabout seeking whom they may devour. cious of our national documents in the The activity of these wretched men does State Paper Office—those embodying the not end here. To revolutionize society, records of Jesuitical treason antecedent one must begin at the base. To over- to and during the reign of Elizabethturn a pyramid, one must introduce an in the hands of one of the most zealous explosive force in the underground Jesuits of the present day, Mr. Tum. chambers of the pile. To overthrow bull, to afford him an opportunity of faith the devil will plant his perilous extinguishing, if he pleases, the entire lies deep in the human heart. So with mass of evidence against the political these Jesuits ; "It is a policy old as propagandists and traitors of the sixsociety itself to begin with the poor, teenth century: Last session it was when a general effect on society is in- attempted by Sir W. Somerville to pass tended. The leaders of the French a bill to amend the Roman Catholic revolution taught the poor to cry'Bread Relief Act, so as to open to Roman

Catholics the offices of Lord High Chan* Accursed—We use this word advisedly. cellor, Lord Keeper, and Lord CommisThat faith which devotes, as much as it can devote, men's souls to perdition, must, by any † See an excellent article, “The New Christian man, be held accursed.

Crusade,” in the City Press, Oct. 15, 1859.


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sioner of the Great Seal in Ireland, and what God has done for us. We had the bill was only withdrawn on account barely ten millions when the Armada of the near approach of the sessional came; we have now nearly thirty millions prorogation."

of souls in these islands. Besides this Now, it is the plain duty of all classes we have peopled America, India, Austraof Protestants to unite and to oppose lia, New Zealand, and other islands of the advance of Romanism; for, so the South; Gibraltar, Malta, and the surely as that gains head, the pros- islands in the Mediterranean. We have perity, the position of England is lost. left millions of our sons' hones on the God will desert us if we are untrue to soil of the foreigner as we fought

, His faith. He has deserted France, against aggression. We have centupled Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Ireland. our wealth; we have seen our children Look on the map of Europe, and just grow from ten millions to ten times put your finger on the Papistical coun. ten millions; and have spread the Bible tries, and mark what their state and over all the world. Do not these facts condition are. If France, drunkenly prove that God is on our side ? If so, exultant in her despotism, seems now in who shall be against us? the ascendant, still let us remember Up then, let us still be doing. The that she is bankrupt, miserable, torn activity of the Papist is the last wriggle with faction, and only kept together by of the dying eel, the expiring spring of a despot. Let us also recollect that the serpent. In Ireland Ron:anists are her population is decreasing day by day. crying out on their priests, and, Her deaths exceed her births.

under the influence of the revivals, It will be with France as it was with turning to Jesus Christ. The Pope has Spain. When the Spanish Armada was fled from Rome. The Italians have preparing to overthrow Protestantism, many of them, the best at least, signi. Spain boasted of almost forty millions fied their hatred of the Papal tyranny, of inhabitants; she has now only fifteen their wish to escape from the temporal millions. Heaven has stricken" her in power of the Pope. The most powerful her first-born, as it smote the Egyptians. pen in France has given Papacy a deadly Look at Ireland; though there now, wound; the very, school-boy, sneers at thank God, prosperity begins to dawn, the fat, lazy priest, or ridicules the within our own times that unhappy hireling bishop. The Germans, alas, country has lost upwards of two millions are given up to Rationalism, but even of inhabitants, one-fourth of the whole. in Vienna Papacy is weak. Let us be Left under the dominion of Papacy, the. up then, and stirring, Defeated in her logical deduction is, that these countries stronghold Rome seeks a footing here; would have become, like the deserted we must resist her to the death; she is Palmyra, Thebes, or Memphis, or other the accursed woman in scarlet; her cup once populous cities, howling wilder- is full of abominations. The Lord is on nesses, residences for the toad, the bat, our side; let us resist the first apthe wolf, and the serpent.

proaches of Roman tyranny and mysticOn the other hand, let us remember ism, and she will flee us.

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Recollections of an old 52nd Man. By | The Croston Milliner and her Missionary

Capt. JOHN DOBBS (late 52nd Light Box. Chester : T. Catherall.

Infantry.) Waterford: T. S. Harvey: ONE of the most singularly-striking Most interesting Recollections, well specimens of successful self-denial and worth a perusal.

perseverance we ever met with. Suggestive

Hints on Parochial Muchinery. By the Rev. CHARLES KEMBLE, M.A., The Preacher ; the last Nine Sermons Rector of Bath. London: David preached by the late Mr. A. TRIGGS Batten, Clapham.

London: W. H. Collingridge. INVALUABLE.

A PRECIOUS relic of a great man.


Time, and the End of Time.

Dublin, in its political aspect of tyranny, priestly Religious Tract and Book Society. rule, and democracy, in its religious COMPILED, with alterations and addi- features of idolatry, popery, and infitions, from a work of the Rev. JOHN delity in mutual conflict, but finally to Fox. First printed in the year 1674. combine against constitutional freedom A treatise upon the all-important "duty," and pure Christianity, leading to the so called, of "redeeming the time, final fulfilment of this dispensation, because the days are evil.” shown in a brief review of the progress of Revelation, the growth of Wickedness, the Signs of the Times, and the coming crisis of the World."

The Brighton Pulpit. Brighton: C. E.

SERMONS by various Ministers reported
by the publisher himself, and published
every Saturday. Where truth is so rare,
it is well to have such works, issued as
they are at so reasonable a price.
The Family Treasury of Sunday Reading.
London: Thos. Nelson and Sons.
THIS work is edited by the Rev. AN-
DREW CAMERON (formerly Editor of
"The Christian Treasury"). It is
admirably got up, contains an immense
variety, and is well worthy its title as a
"family treasury of Sunday reading."
The Shipwrecked Mariner. London:
George Morrish, 24, Warwick Lane.
PUBLISHED quarterly, in connexion with
the "Shipwrecked Mariners' Society."
An excellent journal by an excellent


Pictorial Hand-book of London.
don: Routledge and Co.
THE cheapest crown's worth we ever
remember to have seen; upwards of
900 pages of neat letter-press, with an
almost endless number of beautifully-
executed wood-cuts and an excellent
map, for the small sum of five shillings!
Footprints of a Faithful Shepherd: a
Memoir of the Rev. Godfrey Massy, B.A.
By the Rev. DAWSON MASSY, M.A.,
Rector and Vicar of Killeshin. Lon-
don: Seeley and Co.
A MORE precious volume could scarcely
be placed in the hands of young people
especially, than that now before us.
Eminent Men and Popular Books.
don: Routledge and Co.
THIS is a reprint from The Times.
same idea carried out more simply,
would be calculated to stimulate the




The Conflict of the Nations impending. London: Seeley and Co.

A PAMPHILET deserving the most attentive perusal, as setting forth "the struggle

The Book of Canticles. London: Riv-

A CONCISE Comment upon Solomon's
Song, published in parallel columns, with
the English version of the sacred text.
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns ar-
ranged for the Public Services of the
Church of England. By the Rev.
Bath. One hundred and eightieth
Thousand. Clapham : David Batten.
THE cream of our hymn-books, judi-
ciously selected and admirably ar-
ranged. It delights us to think that
at this time, when the Tractarians are
publishing hymn-books in the cheapest
and most popular form, such an immense
issue of this excellent selection should
be in use in the Church of England.
This is a telling fact, when coupled
with another equally grateful, namely,
that its circulation is daily extending,
and that there is a great variety of a
like character likewise adopted in the

The Soldier Spiritualized; or, National

compared with Spiritual Warfare. London: Partridge and Co. WHEN ministering to a full Church of soldiers, as we did some years ago, and visiting the barracks and military hospitals, we would have given much for such a book as this. To the soldier, or those in any way connected with them, it will be a great boon. To it is prefixed "The eventful life of the Author, the late Mr. JOHN MASON, formerly a Non-Commissioned Officer in the 84th Regiment of Foot, then for five years a Police Officer in the London Force, and subsequently for thirtytwo years and a half Governor of Petworth Gaol and House of Correction." These facts of themselves will stamp the book with a peculiar interest.



“Comfort ye, comfort ye, my People, saith your God.". “Endeavouring to Keep the Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace.". “Jesus Christ, the same Yesterday, and To-day, and for Ever. Whom to know is Lile


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" Then took he Him up in his arms, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy

servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen

thy salvation." -LUKE ii. 28-30. BELOVED, the last month of '59 has arrived, and once more we take up our pen to write you our monthly letter. We know of no more congenial motto than that just quoted. It is glorious and glowing language. It is just that which personally we desire may pervade our own soul, and which we pray our God may possess your souls also. It is in sweet keeping with the recollection of being “ NEAR HOME,” about which we wrote you last month. That thought, you will remember, we intimated was calculated to cause us, under God, to walk well and to talk well. As“ strangers and pilgrims.” here-which, if we belong to the Lord, we verily are, and forcibly reminded, moreover, day by day, that “this is not our rest”-what can be so soulelevating, what so heart-cheering, as the recollection, "Well, suppose I am the subject of sorrows, and trials, and temptations, and difficulties, and aches, and pains, and I know not what, yet withal I'M NEAR HOME;' I walk and I talk upon the very borders of Canaan; and,


Father and my Guide saw fit, He would in one moment grasp me by the hand, and with one word from His own gracious lips, bid me step across the narrow line that separates me from my heavenly home, my everlasting and all-glorious inheritance."

Beloved, bear with a simple illustration that comes to one's mind at the moment of writing. Some of our readers may recollect that there is on the line of railway, between Rochester and London, one place where the line runs through a tunnel originally cut for the canal, and there, for some distance in that tunnel, runs the rail and the canal side by side. Well, now, the dark tunnel is not very congenial at any time, and especially as some of the railway authorities are rather sparing of their oil, as far as lighting up the carriages are concerned'; but then to have, in addition to the darkness, and the rumbling and noise of the tunnel, the consciousness that there is, side by side with you, a canal, and that, if so be anything went wrong with the rail, into it you must be plunged, is not, to say the least, very pleasant or agreeable. But, beloved, spiritualize the thought, and just for one moment consider, that though, as a traveller towards the celestial city, your route runs through, as it were, every species of difficulty and danger-rocky passes, huge moun. tains, yawning abysses, and here and there a dark, dreary tunnel, yet, side by side with the latter, runs, though unseen--the river of death, shall we

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call it ?-oh, no! rather would we say the narrow, shallow streamlet of the Jordan. Moreover, though you see not your way, and may know something of fluttering of heart as you travel on through this dark and dubious course, in one moment you may emerge from darkness, and, as the most magnificent scenery is bursting upon your view, the train comes to a stand, and your Father meets you, to hand you over that narrow streamlet, of which the consciousness of its being near had given you previously so much uneasiness. Yes, how different would be those waters beneath the bright rays of the sun, and how different your feelings in stepping over, to what they had been if called to plunge into them in the darkness. Beloved, the idea is very suggestive, and might be worked out with advantage; but we pass on to our subject, leaving you, at your leisure, and more particularly in connexion with railway travelling, to follow out the thought.

Reader, in regard to one statement made with reference to Simeon, we need scarcely pause to say, that the only ground upon which he could be indeed “ just

devout” was as he stood in Christ, and derived life and virtue and salvation from that Almighty One, for a glimpse of whose person, as identified with humanity—as becoming bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh-he had so long and so ardently waited. Let us never overlook this all-important fact. Every particle of purity is derived from Jesus and from Him alone. He it is--and He alone" who is made of God unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption." Every believer, sooner or later, led by God the Holy Ghost into a discovery of his own utter vileness, destitution, and misery as a lost and undone son of Adam, is led by the self-same Teacher into an apprehension of Christ as the Lord his righteousness, and such sinner, under the promptings of the Holy Ghost, adopts the language of the Psalmist in his approaches to the throne of grace, I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only."

Moreover, beloved, in proportion as such sinner is enabled to look off from himself simply to Jesus, and in a sense to forget all that he is and all that he has done, as a sinner, in that very proportion will he enjoy a stayedness of mind and comfort of heart. In himself he never will be he never can be-better. “ The Ethiopian cannot change his skin, nor the leopard his spots." All fleshly efforts to attain to a higher standing to be more pure, and, in a human sense, to be a better man- will be in vain. This is only setting up in opposition to Christ, instead of submitting to Him. It is only going contrary to God's salvation, rather than falling in with that salvation. Christ, and Christ alone, is the remedy for all diseases, the antidote for all ailments, the supply for all deficiencies; and never, never, never, is God the Father so well pleased, as when a poor, bankrupt, lost, and undone sinner goes to Him in the name, and simply and exclusively pleading the merits of the blood and righteousness of His dear Son. 'Tis the sweetest music in Jehovah's ears. 'Tis more melodious far than the praises of ten thousand angels. A sinner supplicating mercy for Jesu's sake is the most delightsome note the Father can hear. Christ is the Man whom God delighteth to honour. “ His name is above every name," and the Father's joy is unbounded when he sees a soul “ made willing in the day of His power,” coming for salvation in the name of Jesus, and under the constraining power and gracious leading of the Holy Ghost.

Oh, poor sinner, be it thine to think of this, and never for a moment to stay poring over thy sins, or parleying with the tempter as to their number

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