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On the 28th ultimo, a new chapel at Ashley, in Staffordshire, was opened with a grand high mass, sung by the Rev. Mr. Price, of Stafford, and astistants. The choir from Cobridge conducted the music with much taste and credit to themselves and satisfaction to others, it being throughout performed with that solemn dignity and chaste strains, which, while it pleases the ear, it irresistably raises the mind to the contemplation and desire of heaven. Thc sermons, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, were both delivered by that most indefatigable and zealous missioner, the Rev. Francis Martyn of Bloxwich, and Walsal. both and each of which places he serves every Sunday, morning, afternoon, and evening: this is a duty, perhaps greater than is imposed on any other missioner in the kingdom. On the present occasion, his usual and easy flow of eloquence was perhaps the more persuasive by the extremely interesting cause he had to plead. The collections amounted to £18. which was considerably more than could be expected from so poor a congregation. Indeed, every circumstance connected with this undertaking, serves in a particular manner to recommend it to the charitable consideration of every friend to religion. For many years past, this place had been without a priest, without an altar, without a sacrifice--Thus destitute of the many great advantages, and comforts which our holy religion so 'abundantly bestows,'the poor Catholics of Ashley, and its neighbourhood, bave united each their mite from their parrow pittance and hard earnings, to the erection of the present very neat and commodious edifice, which is well calculated to advance the sacred cause of religious tráth, both to the comfort and happiness of those who are happily under its benign influence, as well as for the instruction of others who have been educated in error and prejudice.
To aid an undertaking, in which
every shilling employed is productive 'of so much good, is, we trust, sufficient apology on our part, for this appeal to our readers and to the public in general, which we make at the request of the worthy pastor of the place, and we hope it will not be made in vain. The common argument of the frequency of such appeals, we think, should not operate in the slightest degree to the rejection of them. When we view the progress of religion, and contemplate the noble and great designs undertaken by such mén as the Rev. Mr. Molyneux, at Warrington, the Rev. Mr Foley, at Northampton, the Rev. Mr. Gerard, at Cobridge and at Ashley, we cannot but wish they may every month and every day increase. And for us not to aid such praiseworthy and most charitable exertions by every means in our power, would we conceive be the same as endeavouring to extinguish that fire which Christ himself came down from heaven, to .cast upon the earth, and which he so earnestly desired to see enkindled in the hearts of all and every one of his disciples.
Subscriptions in aid of the Ashley Chapel and Mission, will be thankfully received by the Rt. Rev. Dr, Milner, Wolverhampton; the Rev. G. Bricknall, Yoxall; the Rev. Francis Martyn, Bloxwich; the Rev. J. Price, Stafford; the Rev. Lewis Gerard, Cobridge; and by the Editor hereof.
BIRTH. On Sunday, 23d of November, at Kensington, the lady of R. Walmsley, Esq. of a son.
OBITUARY. Died, on Wednesday, 5th November, Sir Pyers Mostyn, Bart.
On Sunday, 230 November, Mrs. Teresa Gibson, aged 74 years. Relict of the late Mr. George Gibson, of Ratcliff Highway.
REQUIESCANT IN PACE.
SIR ANTHONY BROWNE, KNIGHT, Was born of an ancient family, which had furnished the church with several worthy ecclesiastics; and it had also possessed members who had distinguished themselves in the science of the law. Among these was his uncle, Sir Humphrey Browne, who studied at the Middle Temple, and was made Sergeant at law in the twenty-third year of King Henry the eighth, and on the following year promoted to the bench, and became one of the justices of the Court of King's Bench, which office he filled with credit to himself until his death, which occurred in the fifth year
of the reign of Elizabeth, about thirty-three years after he had been made sergeant. Sir Weston Browne, the father of Anthony, resided at Abbess-roding, and Langahoo, in Essex, and his mother was the daughter of William Mordant, Esq. of Turvey, in Bedfordshire; he was born in Essex, and was the eldest of a large family, for he had three brothers, one of whom became a priest, and four sisters. After he was sufficiently advanced in learning and in years, he was sent to the University, and studied some time at Oxford, whence he was removed before he had taken his degrees, to the Inner Temple, London, and practised as a barrister for several years. At length, in the first year of Mary, he was elected summer reader, but did not read until the following Lent. The year after, several members of the Inner Temple were summoned by writ to the degree of Sergeant at Law: at the head of these was Mr. Browne, for he was the most ancient of the call.
He was at this time possessed of very considerable landed property, besides the advowson of two rectories in the county of Essex, and much of his large revenue was expended in works of beneficence and charity. The endowment of a Grammar Free School at Brentwood, has, among many other benevolent deeds, perpetuated his name in the county of Essex. This establishment exists at the present day, although the constitutions and general government of the school are now widely different from any thing that he had contemplated, for according to the tenure granted by the Queen in 1557, the master was to be a catholic priest nominated by Mr. Browne or by his heirs. There were to be two guardians of the lands and possessions ; the body and corporation to be perpetval, and to have a common seal. The master was also to read prayers on Wednesdays and Fridays and to keep the estate in repair ; and the children were to be selected from the parish of South Weald. Blessed with a plentiful fortune, enjoying an unsullied reputation, and placed in the way of promotion, he was in a short time appointed sergeant to the king and queen, a preliminary step to his obtaining the high office of lord chief justice of the Court of Common Pleas, to which dignity he was nominated in the year 1558. The prospects of further advancement which it may be reasonably supposed that Mr. Browne justly entertained, soon were blighted, and withered away, for on the death of Mary, which occurred not long after, Elizabeth immediately displaced many catholics who held high offices under the government. To Lord Chief Justice Browne, however, she showed some little regard, for on the eighteenth of November, 1559, she confirmed him in his dignity, but probably in consequence of his known attachment to the ancient faith, and of his steady adherence to the duties which it inculcates, he was removed on the twenty-second of January following, and Sir James Dyer was appointed to succeed him; nevertheless, he was continued one of the justices in the same court, and dạring the remainder of his life regularly discharged the duties of his office with a scrupulous punctuality; and although a zerlous catholic he still retained the favour of the queen, for only a year before he died she knighted him in the parliament house. He appears to have enjoyed a high reputation as a lawyer, for the learned Plowden stiles him in his Commentaries, “ A Judge of a profound genie and great eloquence ;” and Anthony Wood adds : “ And all eminent men of that age did esteem him as able a person, as any that lived in Queen Elizabeth's time, and therefore fit to have obliged posterity by his pen, had not too much modesty laid in his way. What he did as to that was concealed and partly published under another name.” At length, after a life spent in the diligent exercise of every christian virtue, and having deservedly acquired the character of an upright, and just judge, he sunk under the infirmities of nature, and expired at his seat at Southweald in Essex, on the sixth of May, 1567. His body was kept until the 10th of June following, and then interred in the chancel of the parish church. On the ninth of November of the same year, his widow died, and was buried thirteen days after, by the side of her husband, and one large flagstone covered their graves. This lady was the daughter of William Farington, of Farington, in Lancashire, and relict of Charles Booth, Esq. Sir Anthony left no issue. Many of the works published by the Bishop of Ross, in favour of his royal mistress, Mary Queen of Scots, have been attributed to the pen of this great lawyer, but with what truth it is impossible now to discover.
Letter from Father Sebastian Rasles, Missionary in North
America, to his Nephew.
MY DEAR NEPHEW, For these thirty years back, that I have been living in forests and among savages, I have been so much occupied in instructing them and forming them to christian virtues, that I find little leisure to write frequent letters even to those who are most dear to me. I cannot, however, refuse to gratify your request, to give you a detail of my occupations: .
I am labouring among the Abnakis, a tribe of savages to the south of Canada. There are other missionari here besides me, but we are very distant from each other. The village where I live is called Naurautsouack; I have built a church here, which is very neat and well adorned. I thought it best to spare nothing that would contribute to its decoration, and to have all the ornaments which are made use of in our holy ceremonies, as beautiful as I could. My vestments, copes, and sacred vessels are such as would be admired in Europe. I have collected about me forty young savages,' to assist like a little body of clergy at the divine office in cassocks and surplices. They have each their functions-serving at masssinging the divine office-assisting at the benediction of the blessed sacrament, or in the processions, which are made with a great concourse of savages, who come from a great distance to be present at them. You would be edified with the good order they keep, and the great piety they shew on these occasions. We have built two chapels about three hundred paces
from the village, one dedicated to the blessed virgin, the other to the angel guardian. As they are both in the ways which lead to the woods, or into the plain, the savages never pass them without saying some prayers. There is a holy emulation among the women who shall adorn most the chapels they have the care of, when the procession is to go there. Every trinket they have, bits of silk, and printed calicoes are all made use of for the purpose.
All my Neophytes do not fail to attend at church twice a day, once early in the morning to hear mass, and in the evening to assist at the prayers which I say at sunset. As it is necessary to fix the imagination of savages, which is too apt to be distracted, I have composed prayers in their language, to make them enter into the spirit of the august sacrifice of the altar. These prayers they sing or recite aloud during mass. Besides the discourses which I address to them on Sundays and festivals, I seldom suffer a common day to pass without