On this page
- Text (3)
Note: This text has been automatically extracted via Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. The text has not been manually corrected and should not be relied on to be an accurate representation of the item.
Additionally, when viewing full transcripts, extracted text may not be in the same order as the original document.
year which has since elapsed has shewn more strongly the impractibility of such schemes of comprehension ; and the only union to which the Christian philosopher now allows himself to look forward is in the spirit and practice of the gospel—not in rites , discipline , or even doctrine . K «
To the Editor . Sir , I rejoice to see a spirit of curiosity respecting the religious history of Ireland manifesting itself so early in the New Series of your Repository ; and
I am willing to infer , from your insertion in the number for February of your Correspondent ' s queries on the subject of the Convocation and Articles of the Church of Ireland , that you will admit into your pages such information , in reply , as may be found correct in itself , and conveyed in a spirit consistent with the tenor of your valuable Miscellany . Guided by these views , I therefore send you a tew gleanings on the subject of the Irish
Convocation . I may be permitted to premise , that the materials for illustrating the ecclesiastical history of this country are extremely scanty . The general histories of Ireland that are published touch but slightly on this branch of the subject , and that too in a most partial manner . The lives and state papers of our chief governors , prelates , or statesmen , that have been given to the world , supply a few incidental notices that materiall y correct the prejudiced and defective accounts of professed historians . But this is aU that an inquirer
into this important portion of his country ' s history has to guide him in his search . We have not the invaluable treasures of unpublished manuscripts , which the British Museum presents to the student of English , and the Advocates' Library to that of Scottish History , and which so amply reward their most laborious investigations . Trinity College in Dublin , indeed , possesses a very extensive and valuable collection of manuscripts : such , at least , is the popular belief . But we must remember " omne ignotum pro magnifico ;"
and never was a treasure more warily guarded and more successfully withdrawn from general circulation . Even this magnificent library of books is inaccessible to the stranger or the uninitiated for any useful purpose . It is closed most rigorously on every saint ' s day and holiday through the year ; not a venerable martyr , or confessor , or impostor , is there in all the Popish calendar , that is not thus honoured b y this Protestant university ; and before you make use of the books , an oath or two of reasonable dimensions must be
first digested . But its manuscript-room is the Corinth which it is permitted to few to enter ; and if it be rich , but few of its treasures can be detected even in the works of those who had daily access to it : —witness Leland , the historian of Ireland , who was himself a Fellow of the College , but whose work presents few traces of minute or diligent research . We are , therefore ,
much cramped and bounded in our illustration of any portion of our ecclesiastical history on which a' stranger may seek information . We can do . little more than bring before him extracts from what has been already published , without pretending to add any thing new . This will appear more clearly in the following gleanings ; and it must plead my excuse if they prove insufficient to satisfy the laudable curiosity of your correspondent on the subject to
IRISH CONVOCATIONS .
236 frisk Convocations ,
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1827, page 236, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1795/page/4/