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Happy House of Commons ! what an to the people are of themselves sufficient to era of chaste and classic eloquence has account for all the convulsions and crimes that dawned upon the senate since the honour

have disorganized the frame of society in Ire

land." able gentleman has graced that august assembly! Happy senate ! happy, thrice “ 'This Resolution," remarked Mr. happy country! if her statesmen were M'Ghee, "divides itself into three heads; only governed by such principles, and first, that the Bible, with these Rhemish her orators fashioned on so chaste and notes, was published in 1816, and that finished a model! But I have one piece the Protestants were led to believe that it of intelligence to convey to the meeting, was disclaimed by the Roman Catholie which I have no doubt will be humbly hierarchy; second, that the same Bible and thankfully received. The honoura. was reprinted at Cork, under their pable gentleman, though he declines coming tronage, in 1818; and thirdly, as to the here to-day, condescends to say to the value and effects of the doctrines conmeeting, Accept, I beg of you, my full tained in this Bible, you will observe that consent to your drawing up and passing you are called on to consider facts and any resolutions you please.' I trust you documents, and that you cannot be are deeply sensible of this condescension. charged with being misled by vague, or How long Protestant freemen may be senseless, or fanatical declamation; but at liberty to stand in public, and in the when your judgment is affirmed, as I spirit of British and Christian truth, to trust it will be, you can conscientiously maintain the cause of God's eternal Word say to yourselves, you can tell it to your against the superstitions of the Church of friends, you can tell it to your children, Rome, it is not for me to calculate. But that the judgment you pronounced was this I say, that since we have the permis- pronounced on facts and documents which sion of the honourable and learned mem- were laid before your eyes. ber for Kilkenny, we shall proceed to "The first point is, that this Bible with enjoy it."

the Rhemish notes was published in Mr. M'Ghee then presented a resolu. 1816. This is a question undisputed; tion respecting Dens' Theology, with no person has ventured to question the proofs that twenty-three of the twenty- fact. It was published by Coyne, in four Romish bishops in Ireland were Dublin, in 1816. The Protestants were concerned in the adoption of this noto- led to suppose that it was totally disrious work as a text-book for their theo- claimed by the Roman Catholic bishops logical students. He afterwards pre- and priests of Ireland. There are some sented the second resolution, which was points connected with the subject which it as follows:

is important to state. This Bible was in" ResolvedThat from the facts and docu- tended, although the fact has been hitherto ments laid before this meeting it is clearly unknown, to be circulated privately, established that the Bible, containing the not to be published, but to be printed and Rhemish notes, which had been published in circulated only among Roman Catholic Dublin in 1816, and which Protestants were subscribers. This is proved by doculed to believe was totally disclaimed by the ments which I will show to you. Here Roman Catholic bishops, was again reprinted at Cork, under their patronage, in 1818, and is a book entitled • Letters from Mr. Blair that it has been for eighteen years privately to Mr. Wilberforce, on the Revival of circulated among the Roman Catholics of Ire- Popery,' published in London in 1819. land, and that this Bible establishes the fact This gentleman lays before the public that the doctrines of intolerance, cruelty, and persecution (contained in Dens’ Theology,') some facts connected with this Bible. He So far from being obsolete, or the mere says that the editor mentions that this opinions of an individual, are not only held by work was published by Macnamara in the Roman Catholic bishops and priests, in 1813, and that its exterior title-page was their private conferences, but that they have as follows: been by them propagated and inculcated on the Roman Catholic population as the authori- «* The Holy Catholic New Testament, patative and infallible principles of their church, tronised by his Grace the Most Rev. Dr. and that these notes and principles so taught O'REILLY, Roman Catholic Lord Primate of all

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Ireland, and Archbishop of Armagh; his Grace Bible, or that the Protestant printer might the Most Rev. Dr. Tror, Roman Catholic

be likely to betray the secret, so that the Archbishop of Dublin; his Grace the Most Rev. Dr. Murray, R. C. Coad. Archbishop of Bible could not be kept concealed or conDublin, and President of the Royal College of fined only 10 subscribers, I cannot tell; St. Patrick, Maynooth; the Right Rev. Dr. all I know is, that the fact was made pubMoylan, Roman Catholic Bishop of Cork; lic as to the printing of this Bible; and the Riget Rev. Dr. Power, Roman Catholic

some notes, of which you shall learn, Bishop of Waterford; the Right Rev. Dr. Ryan, Roman Catholic Coad. Bishop of Ferns;

were brought forward by the British the Right Rev. Dr. DEJANS, Roman Catholic

Critic. You will now hear the reason Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin; the Right which Protestants had to believe that Rev. Dr. O'Reilly, Roman Catholic Bishop these notes were completely disclaimed of Kilmore; the Right Rev. Dr. MANSFIELD, by the Roman Catholic hierarchy. You V. C. of Ossory; the Most Rev. Dr. Bopkix, Roman Catholic Warden of Galway; the Rev. will, perhaps, permit me to resi awhile, Dr. John Muupky, Archdeacou of Cork; the and my Rev. friend, Mr. Thelwall, will Rev. Dn. M'Carthy, Dean of Cork; and nearly read to you from this book- 1st, the dethree hundred Roman Catholic clergymen in claration of Dr. Troy, denouncing the different parts of Ireland.'”

notes to this Bible, abjuring them, and It is a singular fact that this original forbidding that they should be received advertisement has been providentially by any of the clergy in his diocese; and, preserved, and there it is on the cover of secondly, a letter from Mr. Coyne, the ihat Testaincnt (holding it up). There bookseller, to Dr. Troy; for Coyne's chaare the names, printed on the external racter was called in question, as in the cover of that 'l'estament; and, still more title-page of the book it was stated to singular, it is a Testament of 1818. But have been approved of by Dr. Troy; and, there are the names and there is the date, in vindication of his character, he was 1813—which establishes this fact—hat obliged to write a letter to Dr. Troy, Macnamara, the publisher of this Bible from which we find that this book, which in 1818, was engaged with these very he ahjures, was the one which had same prelates in printing this former himself approved, and that it was printed edition, which came out in 1813; and under his patronage.' he, having in his possession some of the The Rev. Mr. TheLWALL then read advertisements which remained from the the extract in question, as follows:former edition, put them on the external

Having seen a new edition of the Rhemish cover of the second edition, because the

Testament, with Annotations, published by principles and names were precisely the Coyne, Dublin, and Keating and Co., London, same that were contained in both. I said 1816, said to be revised, corrected, and apthat this Bible was intended not to be proved by me, I think it necessary to declare, published, but to be circulated privately, of any edition of the old or New Testament

that I never approved, nor meant to approve, and here we have a proof in this adver.

which was not entirely conformable, as well tisement. It is said here-One num- in the notes as in the text, to that which was ber will be published every fortnight, and edited by

edited by R. Cross, Dublin, 1791, containing sold to subscribers only at Is. 8d. each.' the usual and prescribed formula of my apHere we see it is limited to subscribers probation, and which has served as an exemonly;' and how were they to be furnished plar to the several editions that have since

b'en published with my sanction. As in the with it? We see here on the next page said new edition the notes vary essentially of the cover,— Proper people will be from those of the last-mentioned editions, appointed in each town throughout Ire- which exclusively I have sanctioned for public land to leave the numbers and parts as

cation, I should think that circumstance alone

fully sufficient to induce me to withhold every soon as published at the respective houses

kind of approbation from it; but having read, of each subscriber.' This Bible gained and now for the first time considered, these publicity. Macnamara engaged a Pro- notes, I not only do not sanction them, but testant to print his book, in Dublin. solemnly declare that I atterly rejeci them Now, whether it was that when this was

generally, as harsh and irritating in expres

sion, some of them as false and absurd in found out, it was discovered that the reasoning, and many of them as uncharitable proper use could not be made of that in sentimeni. They further appear to coun

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tenance opinions and doctrines which, in com- lication of a Bible by a Mr. Macnamara, of mon with the other Roman Catholics of the Cork?'-your Grace replied, 'I did? I then empire, I have solemnly disclaimed upon asked, Did not your grace depute the Rev. P. oath.

A. Walsh, of Denmark-street Chapel, to re- Under these circumstances, and with these vise, correct, and approve for publication in impressions on my mind, I feel it an imperi- your Grace's name, the said Bible of Macnaous duty to admonish that portion of the Ca- mara ?'-your Grace answered, “I did.' Then, tholic body which is entrusted to my charge, my Lord,' said I, that is the Bible now in your of the danger of reading or paying attention hand. I never authorized,' replied your to the notes or comments of said new edition Grace, 'the Rev. Mr. Walsh to approve a of the Testament; and I enjoin the Roman Bible with the Rhemish notes.' of any pri. Catholic Clergy of this diocese to discourage vate understanding,

and peace.

' said I, “between your and prevent, by every means in their power, Grace and Mr. Walsh I know nothing; but the circulation amongst Catholics of a work this I know, that Mr. Walsh is accountable tending to lead the faithful astray, and much for your Grace's approbation, which is now better fitted 10 promote and engender among in the title-page.'— But,' said your Grace, 'are Christians hostility, bitterness, and strife, than not you the person that published this Bible?(what should be the object of every such pro- it bears your name.' No, my Lord,' said I, duction) to caltivate the genuine spirit of the “I am neither the printer nor publisher, and I Gospel-that is, the spirit of meekness, charity, shall now relate to your Grace how it bears

my name. Mr. Macnamara, the publisher of

“J. T. TROY. the work to which your Grace gave your sanc* Dublin, 24th Oct., 1817."

tion, became a bankrupt before the work was The following is Mr. Coyne's answer:

completed. Mr. John Cumming, of Ormond

quay, assignee to the bankrupt, purchased the Parliament-street, Oct. 26th, 1817. unfinished work, and, to cover his own losses, “ Most Honoured Lord,--It is with pain and resolved upon perfecting the publication. Havdificulty that I am obliged to controvert, for a ing called upon me, and requested of me to moment, any statement coming from your allow him to put my name to the work, I reGrace; but the character which I have earned fused, except on the condition that the clergyand maintained, these fifteen years, unsullied, man deputed by your Grace continued to corin the opinions of the Catholic clergy and rect the unfinished part. This I did without bjerarchy of Ireland, as the only publisher any interest whatever in the transaction. Mr. and bookseller in the kingdom, of works ex- Cumming accordingly applied to the Rev.Mr. elusively Catholic, puts me under the indis- Walsh, to whom he paid 201. on completing peasable necessity of addressing your grace the revision of the work, and took his receipt in public. The declaration which your Grace for the amount.' When I had finished this has published, leaves no alternative, but that narrative, your Grace, in the most unequivoof either submitting to the imputation which cal terms, in the presence of Dr. Hamill and it fastens upon me, or of giving, as I now do, the Rev. Mr. Kenny, acquitted me of having a simple statement of facts, for the truth of any thing to do with the publication. I then which I appeal to your Grace's candour, and remarked that your Grace having in different which shall, I trust, substantially remove the conversations disclaimed your approbation, impression which your Grace's declaration is and certain individuals having in consecalcolated to produce on the public mind with quence denounced me as the forger of it, I regard to me. On Monday, the 13th instant, should in my own defence publish the whole your Grace sent me a message, by your transaction; upon which your Grace promised servant, requesting to see me at Cavendish. me to take every opportunity of disabusing row, at the hour of two o'clock. I had scarcely those to whom you had spoken on the subject. entered your Grace's apartment, when the For the truth of what I have now related, Very Rev. Dr. Hamill, your Grace's Vicar- touching the interview of Monday, the 13th general, and the Rev. Mr. Kenny, of Clon- inst, I appeal to your Grace, to Dr. Hamill, gowes College, appeared. Your Grace then and to the Rev. Mr. Kenny. Did I not afterproduced and read a paper, purporting to be wards send your Grace the numbers of this an extract from the British Critic, and con- said Rhemish Testament, on the covers of taining animadversions on the notes of a late which are printed these words?— Now pubedition of the Catholic Bible, bearing in the lishing, by Macnamara, the Catholic Bible. title-page the approbation of your Grace. You To render it the more complete, the elegant, then observed, “that you were sure that I had copious, and instructive notes or annotations no bad intention in putting your Grace's name of the Rhemish Testament will be inserted, to the work, but that very bad consequences by permission of his Grace Dr. T. Troy, Cahad followed—that finding its way into Eng. tholic Lord Primate of Ireland. This work is land it had armed our enemies against us, and carefully revising by the Rev. P. A. Walsh, this at a time when we were seeking emancic Denmark-hill, Dublin. Printed by Cumming.' paton. Upon these remarks, I asked, • Did Moreover, did I not accompany these numbers not your Grace approve and sanction the pub- with a letter, calling on your Grace to make

good your promise of clearing my character byterian or a Protestant; but he carried on the from the imputations it had lain under, through work like Macnamara, merely to make money, your Grace's misconception of the facts? This of it as a commercial speculation. And yel, letter, my Lord, I suppress, from the same said Mr. O'Connell, our enemies have taken motives of delicacy which have kepi me it up with avidity; they have asserted that the silent, until your Grace's declaration forced sentiments of these noies are cherished by the me ihus to state the facts; nor shall I add one Catholics in this country. He would not be single comment, but leave the public to draw surprised to read speeches in the next parliatheir own conclusions. I am, most honoured ment on this subject,' &c. Lord, your Grace's very humble and obedient servant,

“Again, at a meeting on the 1st of “RICHARD COYNE." December, Mr. O'Connell is represented

thaiThe Rev. Mr. M'Ghee then resumed, to have observed, as follows:- This disclaimer on the “ He had been informed that a number of part of Dr. Troy was enough, I think, commercial gentlemen could not conveniently to convince the minds of the Protestants, detained on 'Change. He submitted the pro

attend the meeting this day, as they had been who are not accustomed to such frauds, priety of adjournment to Thursday next, as that Dr. Troy was sincere; and that, on matters of considerable interest and importthe part of the Roman Catholic hierarchy, ance were likely to come under discussion. the Bible was abjured. Let us now turn

He would, in the mean time, give notice, that from the hierarchy to the laity. Here I

on the next day of meeting he would more

that a sub-committee might be appointed, to have the proceedings of the Roman Ca- draw up a disavowal of the bigoted, uncharitholic Board, on the 1st and 4th of De- table, and intolerant doctrines contained in the cember, 1817; they are taken from the notes to the Rhemish Testament. Consider• Dublin Evening Post,'-a paper always able efforts, it appeared, had been made, to in the interest of the Roman Catholics. impute these doctrines to the Catholic body,

even by men who knew the Catholics held Here is the speech of Mr. O'Connell.

them in utter detestation. It was necessary « These notes,' said Mr. O'Connell, were

that they should refute the calumny. The of English growth-they were written in agi- disavowal might be made somewhat compretated times, when the title of Elizabeth was

hensive, and the curious history of the Rhemish questioned on the ground of legitimacy. Party Testament might be stated, for it is an historispirit was then extremely violent, politics cal fact, that in angry times in England these mixed with religion, and, of course, disgraced

notes were written by English clergymen, but it. Mary Queen of Scotland had active parti- were never countenanced by any of the divines sans who thought it would forward their pur- of the Catholic Church in Ireland.' poses to translate the Bible and add to it those obnoxious notes; but very shortly after the

“Pray recollect," said Mr. M'Ghee, establishment of the College of Douay, the “ this list of bishops or 1813, and mark, Rhemish edition was condemned by all the "never countenanced by any of the doctors of that Institution, who, at the same divines of the Catholic Church in Iretime, called for and received the aid of the

land!' Scotch and Irish Colleges.

They were always denounced, “ «The book was thus suppressed, and an

and at the present day no Catholic in the edition of the Bible, with notes, was published country would peruse them without disat Douay, which has been ever since adopted gusi.' Far be it from me 10 impute by the Catholic Church; so that they had not those sentiments 10 any individual who only condemned and suppressed the Rhemish

will denounce them, unless I can prove edition, but they published an edition with notes, to which no objection has been or could be that the denunciation is salse ; •and yet,' urged. From that period there have been but continues Mr. O'Connell, those corrupt two editions of the Rhemish Testament, and and interested enemies do not hesitate to the late one was published by a very ignorant say that those doctrines are entertained printer in Cork, a man of the name of Mac. by the Irish people. The calumny lias namara, who was not capable of distinguishing between the Rhemish and any other gone abroad, and under the circumstances edition of the Bible. He meant to publish a lie thought it would be wiser to refute Catholic Bible, and having put his hand on it he would therefore give notice that the Rhemish edition, he commenced 10 print on Thursilay next, a committee he apit in numbers. He subsequently became a bankrupt, and his property in this transaction pointed to draw up a disavowal of these was vested in a Mr. Cumming, a respectable doctrines.' Mr. Eneas M'Donnell said bookseller in this city. He is either a Pres- that the words of Mr. O'Connell's motion


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appeared to him too general—some of nounced, the member of Parliament who should the notes of the Rhemish Testament be hardy enongh to support emancipation in

the next session of Parliament, would run a were bad enough, but this would go to condemn the entire. Mr. O'Connell rose

very considerable risk of losing his seat in the

House of Commons on the approaching elecand observed, that it would be soon tion. If they were suffered to remain without enough to discuss the motion when it a disavowal, the Catholics would have to should have been made; he was now

encounter in the new Parliament a more merely giving notice of a proposition he determined hostility than had been arrayed

against the Union; nor would the evil be deintended to submit. He remarked, how. layed even till the assembling of a new House ever, that the denunciation of these in- of Commons. But powerful as these reasons tolerant notes by the Archbishop of Dub- were, there were others, of equal weight, lin, was general. It was his intention though of a different nature, which made him that the disavowal should be framed in it to his religion as a Catholic and a Christian,

urge this disavowal more anxiously. He owed such a way, that a copy of it could be

to his country as an Irishman, to his feelings forwarded to every member of both as a human being, to utterly denounce the houses of Parliament. When he came damnable doctrines contained in the notes to to make his motion, he would recommend the Rhemish Testament. He was a Catholic that the committee be instructed to intro- upon principle; a steadfast and sincere Catho

lic, from a conviction that it was the best form duce a short history of these obnoxious of religion; but he would not remain one an notes with the document they should hour longer, if he thought it essential to the prepare. He again stated, that the profession of the Catholic faith to believe that Rhemish notes had been originally writ- it was lawful to murder Protestants, or that ten by English clergymen, immediately tics. Yet such were the doctrines laid down

faith might be conveniently broken with hereafter the Reformation; men who had just in the notes to the Rhemish Testament. Mr. been deprived of valuable livings, who O'Connell concluded an eloquent and sensible fled from England, who were smarting speech, by moving that a committee of five be under their recent losses, and were irri- forth with appointed to prepare a denunciation tated by personal injury, and inflated by of the Rhemish notes. He said he would also

move that the denunciation so prepared be religious rancour. Through the Rhemish

transmitted to every member of the Houses of notes they gave vent to their feelings, and Peers and Commons, to all the dignitaries these notes were immediately disclaimed of the Established Church, to the members of by the church. They had lately been the Church of Scotland, and to the Synod of surreptitiously put into circulation again: sideration of the Board, whether it might not

Ulster. It would be for the subsequent conand that they had been again denounced, be expedient to call an aggregate meeting, to was matter of public notoriety.' Surrep- which a recommendation should be made of titiously put into circulation ! Look at pronouncing a similar denunciation.' the list of prelates in this advertisement "The committee was accordingly apon the cover of the Bible, and mark— pointed. You have heard the denuncia* sorreptitiously!' I shall now read the ion of the Rhemish notes by the memproceedings on the 4th of December :

ber for Kilkenny; you have heard how

they were disclaimed, not only on public "* A remarkably fall meeting of the Catho- grounds, lest they should incense the lic Board took place on Thursday, pursuant to adjournment, Owen O'Connor, Esq., in the English people against the civil rights of Chair. After some preliminary business, Mr.

the Roman Catholics, but you have heard O'Connell rose to make his promised motion

them disclaimed from a higher motivefor the appointment of a committee to prepare As a Catholic, as a Christian, as a a denunciation of the intolerant doctrines con

debt due to his country as an Irishman, tained in the Rhemish notes; he dwelt upon and a debt due to his feelings as a human the injurious effects of these abominable notes in prejudicing the public mind against Catho- being.' What were the weighty conselic emancipation, and urged the consequent quences which resulted from these denecessity of an immediate, explicit

, authentic nunciations by Mr. O'Connell ? how did and public disavowal of them by every Catho- this disclaimer come forward from the lic in this country. He had recently been in committee of which this gentleman, with England himself; and personal and accurate information, acquired upon the spot, enabled all the board at his back, was appointed him to state, that if these notes were not de- a member?-- what was the result, as re

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