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Irish Catholic Association


Important Case in Chancery


King the head of the Church


Licenses to eat Flesh Meat


Letter from F. Parsons to Dr. Worthington


Letter from Sir Charles Wolseley on the Test Acts, &c.


Mixed Marriages


Modern Miracles, Observations, &c.


Meeting of Established Clergymen in Yorkshire in favour of Catholio Eman-



Marriage Festivities at Cossey


Meeting of the British Catholic Association

New Catholic Chapels Erection and opening of 239, 281, 325, 430, 514,516

New Catholic Burying Ground


On Saying Mass in Latin

Perambulation throughi London. Its présent State. Historical and de-

scriptive of the principal Buildings and Religious. Establishments in

the Metropolis, 101, 166, 207, 245, 314, 342, 394, 442, 483, 524

Pagan Rites and Christian Ceremonies


Protestant Missions and Missionary Societies 84, 74, 130, 172, 219, 270, 278


Petition of Jack Pudding against the Jesuits


Petition of Poor Catholic Servants


Praiseworthy Instance of Liberality and Charity

Protestant mode of Defending Christianity

Parliamentary Intelligence

92, 139, 186, 238, 284, 331
Prince Hohenlohe and Catholic Miracles, by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Milner, in
Reply to the Edinburgh Review

Queen Elizabeth's Sickness and Death

Query and Reply

186, 201
Queries from An Enquirer after Truth

Remarks on the Rev. Mr: Blount's Ancient Vestiges in Italy

Remarks on the British Reviewer's notice of Dr. Milner's End of Con-


Remarks on Mr. Turner's Tour in Normandy


Remarks on Hume's Statement regarding Ireland •


Religious Intolerance. Dying Declaration of Francis Cain


Requisition for a General Meeting of Catholics


Rights of Sepulture


Suffering Irish, and Catholic Emancipation by a Protestant Clergyman, 85, 182


Shrine of St. Carlo Borromeo


Sufferings of Father Southwell


Spain, on the present affairs of


Suppression of Monasteries


Sketch of the Life and last moments of Pope Pius VII.


Sheridan Dr. in reply to Dr. Cheyne, on the Cure of Mrs. Stuart


Transactions in the Tower of London on Account of the Catholic Religion

from 1580 to 1585


Vindication of St. Thomas, Archbishop of Canterbury

26, 55, 127
Vindication of Socinians, &c.



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Catholic Miscellany;



For JANUARY, 1823.


DAVID BAKER, the subject of the following biographical sketch, was born in the month of December, 1575, at Abergavenny, in Monmouth. shire, where his father, a gentleman of ample fortune, resided. His mother was sister to Dr. David Lewis, a judge in the Admiralty court. In his youth, he evinced an early display of talent, and any unwearied application to his studies, although, by associating with vicious companions, he by degrees enteredinto many of their follies and extravagances. At an early age be commenced his education in Christ church Hospital, London, from whence he was, in 1590, entered a commioner in Broadgate's Hall, Oxford, and designed, by his parents, for the church. However, he was afterwards placed with his eldest brother Richard, a counsellor, with a view to be instructed in the law, and soon became a member of the Middle Temple, Here his superior attainments and abilities eminently manifesto ed themselves, but his many good qualities were sullied by his licentious habits, and the doubts he began to entertain concerning Divine Providence, and the existence of a supreme Being. Upon the death of his brother, he was appointed recorder of Abergavenny, through the interest of his father, who kept the courts under Lord Abergavenny as his steward, and was very desirous of his son's assistance. Again, however, hip occupa



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tions, his studies, and his pursuits, were unexpectedly changed, and the following singular circumstance, attested by an author of his life, appears to have been the immediate cause : Ņow it happened, that returning home from a commission, and his servant outriding him, he fell into a bye-path, which led him to a foot-bridge over a dangerous river; and as he thought to pass over it, his horse was so put to a stand by its narrowness, that he could neither move backwards nor forwards; so that the danger of the precipice, the trembling and stumbling of an unruly horse, and he not being skilled in swimming, obliged him to have recourse to some other help, and immediately he made this resolution within himself: (if I escape this danger, I will acknowledge there is a Power, that takes more care of me than I am able to take of myself;' and in a moment, without his perceiving how it was done, his horse's head was turned the other

way, and removed to a broader part of the bridge, where he first had entered upon it. Whether this deliverance was divine or human, Mr. Baker himself judged it supernatural, and it had such an influence upon him, that he not only altered his .way of thinking in regard of Divine Providence, but took a resolution to serve God in the best. manner he could, who had so mercifully contrived his escape. His law books were' now laid aside, and works of morality supplied their place ; occasionally the points in dispute between the Catholie and Protestant churches claiming his attention, he was by degrees led by curiosity alone, to enter into conferences upon the subject, and at length yielding to the impression of divine grace, he became another man, and with his change of morals, entered into the pale of the Catholic church ;, into which he was received, by a zealous missionary, residing in the same neighbourhood, and who had greatly contributed to his conversion. As he had determined to renounce the world, and embrace the life of a religious, he was referred by the same ecclesiastic to some regulars at that time residing in London; these had been professed at Monte Cassano, and had been lately sent upon the mission : and as one of them was about to return to Italy, it was proposed that Mr. Baker should accompany him. This ofler he readily accepted, and when at Dover, informed his father by letter, merely of his intention to travel abroad ; he soon

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