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titles his productions to the regard of those who are lovers of real poetry. His melancholy life, and his dreadful fate too, would spread a deep interest over his works, even were they destitute of merit, which however is far from being the case; Father Southwell, who was called the English Jesuit, was, confined three years in the Tower, during which time he was put to the rack no fewer than ten times, with a view to extort from him a disclosure of certain conspiracies, in which it was supposed he was implicated. At the end of this period, he wrote to Cecil the lord treasurer, humbly entreating his lordship, that he might either be brought to trial to answer for himself, or that at least his friends might haue leave to visit him. The treasurer answered, “that he if was in such haste to be hanged, he should quickly have his desire.” Shortly after, he was removed to Newgate, tried for remaining in England contrary to the statute, and convicted and executed at Tyburn in the year 1595, in the thirty-fifth year of his age. Thus fell a man who was an honour to his religion and his country, whose only crime was being a Catholic, and following the command of his great Lord and Master, in preaching that religion with which Christ promised to remain and teach all truth to the end of the world.

For THE CATHOLIC MISCELLANY.

MR. EDITOR,-It is unquestionable that our countrymen in general mean well in their religious and political pursuits; but, carried away by an unbounded pride and spirit of independency, they too often refuse to hear the arguments of those who differ from them, and even to examine the grounds on which their own opinions rest. That the English are a religious people is demonstrated by the numberless sects that exist among them, and by the ardour with which they respectively pursue their several systems; but this very diversity proves that they are led by their passions rather than by a love of truth, as Christ could not have left the true church without evidence of her veracity.

To speak now of politics, wbat public meetings are not held throughout the kingdom to inflame its inhabitants, and to collect their money in aid of a Spanish party who now hold their king in chains, and threaten him with death in the event of their being subdued; and this, sir, under the supposition that the party in question forms the bulk of the Spanish nation! What delusive speeches and essays are we not forced to hear and to read in support of this glaring falsehood ! Even they, Mr. Editor, who have been the most forward and active in suppressing the frantic and irreligious fury of Jacobinism in France and Italy, [Such as the noble lord of Dutch extraction, who commanded his Majesty's land and sea forces round the Mediterranean in the last war7 can head the assemblies I have mentioned, in order to raise up the jacobites of Spain and Portugal to complete the downfall of religion and social order in their own countries, and to bring about that downfall again in France and the continent in general.

That the bulk of the Spanish nation does not hold with the revolutionists of their country, and that they prefer their ancient government, with all its defects, to the late pretended reformation of it, is plain from the manner in which the French, though the natural enemies of the Spaniards, have been received by the latter in every province, town, and city, into which they have entered; it is plain from the defection, not of a few.soldiers, but of whole regiments, garrisons, and armies, to the royal cause throughout the country in question, and from that of the very leaders and generals of the revolutionists, though their own power and fortune was inseparably connected with the success of the revolution ; I allude to O'Donnel, Asbibal, Morillo, Ballasteros, and a dozen other superior officers. It is impossible that the Spanish jacobins should have proved unable to fight, and even to conquer, with the natural advantages they possessed in their own country, if the population of it aided their cause. I say nothing here of Portugal, where a counter-revolution, effected by one spontaneous movement of all classes of the population, demonstrated their abhorrence of jacobinism in all its forms, except that the movement in question illustrates the state and disposition of the neighbouring Spanish nation.

But, Mr. Editor, whatever inconsistence there is in English

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royalists befriending the civil conduct of the Spanish jacobins, there is much greater in Roman Catholics defending and extolling their measures with respect to religion, as is the case in too many instances, especially in this country. What though the Cortes have declared the Catholic to be the only true religion, yet how many other persons are we all acquainted with, who profess the same truth, and yet habitually live in the open violation of every one of its essential duties? In fact, the party alluded to will be found to have arrogated to itself an unlimited authority of interfering with, and domineering over, the truly spiritual jurisdiction of the church in a great variety of instances; and, though the temporal endowments of this church be of a civil nature in themselves, yet, what Catholic, who considers the natural and divine obligation there is of supporting his pastors, his religious fabrics, his poor, and the hospitals necessary for the reception of the latter, to all which charitable purposes the revenues of the Spanish church were actually applied by the prelates and clergy of Spain, will acquit the junta now assembled at Cadiz, of the grossest impropriety and sacrilege, in their numerous confiscations of church property which they have been guilty of? Again : what pretence had this junta to suppress the Jesuits whom their king had just before restored, except that the apostolic men bid fair to perpetuate the Catholic religion in their country? And what harm or offence did the religious of both sexes produce to the Cortes, except in attesting, by their lives, the truth and excellence of the evangelical counsels ? In a word, sir, how will the advocates of the Spanish liberales excuse the banishment, the imprisonment, and the murdering of so many pious and edifying prelates and priests, who have been the objects of the former persecution, and whose only crime has been a faithful discharge of their pastoral duties. But the other day we read of the famous patriot Mina, that he pistolled, without trial or other ceremony, a venerable pastor, whose conscience would not permit him to come into his irreligious measures : and this day we read of the martyrdom of the edifying curate of Blanes, senor Frigola, who, on the same account, was condemned to death by a council of constitutional officers, and executed at Barcelona on the 5th of last month, after saying

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mass in bis prison and praying publicly for his enemies. A little before this date, the learned and holy bishop of Vich, in Catalonia, whose name was Strauch, being the son of a Swiss officer, was put to death in the same city, for refusiog to recognise the authority of the power of the Cortes in a purely ecclesiastical cause. I remember well, Mr. Editor, that, in the early days of the bloody French revolution, not only Mr. Pitt and bis party hailed the approach of that event as the dawn of true liberty and virtue in France, but also that many English Catholics welcomed it as the renovation of the church, and the return of her golden age ; but very soon both Pittites and Catholics were forced to sing their palinodia with no small loss of their character for prudence and foresight. Aphantopolis, Sept. 8, 1823.

MERLIN.

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The wonderful cures recently wrought in Ireland, by the intercession of prince Hohenlohe, have created the most intense interest in that country, and have been attended with the happiest effects. Conversions, we are informed, are daily taking place in Dublin and other parts of the island. To the cures performed on Miss Lalor and Mrs. Stuart, we have now to add another, as great and as extraordinary as that on the latter lady, as will appear by the following letter taken from an Irish journal:

To the Editor of the Dublin Evening Post. 66 Sir-As you were the first communicate to the world the far-famed cases of cure of Miss Lalor and Mrs. Stuart, whose restoration to health, after years of hopeless infirmity, was asserted to have been miraculously effected through the interposition of prince Hohenlohe, your readers will probably expect that you should afford them some information regarding a new and equally astonishing instance of relief from malady, which occurred in this city yesterday, on which day the prince's prayers were again offered up on behalf of the afflicted faithful in Ireland.

“ Miss Dowell, of Merrion-square, a lady of fortune, and

whose connexions are of the first respectability, had, during the last four years, suffered under:a complication of infirmities; to alleviate which the most eminent professional advice was resorted to in vain. A gradual paralysis appears to have deprived her for the last twelve months of the power of motion. During this long period, she is stated to have been altogether confined to her bed, and every attempt of her attendants to assist her was productive of internal spasms of the most excruciating nature, followed by a state of langour so closely resembling death, that on one occasion she was believed to have actually ceased to live. The distinguished members of the faculty in attendance upon this lady are understood to have for some time avowed to her parents their despair of ultimate cure, and to have directed their exertions merely to the soothing of her sufferivgs. Under these circumstances application was specially made, through a high quarter, to prioce Hohenlohe, and the lady was directed to co-operate with his highness in prayer on the 1st of September, on which day he had signified his intention of celebrating mass for the purpose previously stated.

“ Arrangements to this effect were, in consequence, made on the morning of yesterday, at the hour pointed out by prince Hohenlohe, mass was celebrated in the lady's chamber, at which ten persons assisted. After the de profundis, the clergyman (the Rev. Richard Henry, of Arranquay chapel) approached the patient, who has received the holy communion, but who had yet shewn no symptoms of recovery, and asking her how she found herself, desired her to arise. At the instant, and apparently herself unconscious of the return of her strength, she gradually arose, stood erect in the bed, and with a voice and countenance beaming with gratitude and joy, declared that she felt completely restored, and that she would accompany her friends to the parlour. This she did her principal attendant, Mr. Crampton, who had visited her on each of the two preceding days, and witnessed her unmitigated suffering, was sent for, that he might be an early witness of the surprising event. Mr. Crampton, on his arrival, proceeded up stairs. towards the lady's chamber, when he was recalled by the young lady's mother, and entering the parlour, was thunderstruck at being saluted by his patient, in person, who stood up to receive and

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