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City-Road Chapel , on the 5 th of May last . The'ttifaa ^ fi ? ' t ^^ hcreetly , entrusted his Lordship with a motion . But h # wa&kLotd ^^ md the motion was only " that the Report be received and printed /* 'However , he made a speech , and expatiated upon the " signs of the times , " and the " approach of the latter days , " and " the dawn of reformation' * in the East , and in the West , and elsewhere . In Ireland , particularly , he praised certain Protestant missionaries for the not very decorous or prudent practice
of taking their stand at the doors of Catholic chapels , to assail the congregation with their exhortations as they entered or departed . But who shall raise a question about prudence or decorum , when Heaven has declared its approval by divine interpositions , by awful judgments , and when these punitive miracles are multiplying so as to form one of the " signs of the times" ? We give his Lordship ' s personal testimony to these extraordinary occurrences in his own language , as preserved in the Evangelical Magazine ( pp . 253 , 254 ) :
" He would mention one case , for the truth of which he could voucji . A missionary came to a village on a Sunday , and , placing himself in the open air near the chapel , began to preach to those who flocked around him . The Catholic clergyman , who was of course much annoyed at this , had placed himself near him , at the head of a crowd , and whenever the preacher came to a strong point , he raised his hand as a signal to the crowd , who immediately
set up a shout , so as completely to drown the voice of the preacher . The missionary , however , continued his discourse to the end . On the following day , the priest was passing near the place , and he said to a friend , at the same time raising his arm and pointing , ' There is the spot where that cursed Pharisee preached to the people . ' In that instant , and while his arm was stretched out , he was struck with paralysis . His arm fell powerless by his side , his mouth became distorted , he fell back , and was taken home in a state of
insensibility , and is not yet quite recovered . There was another instance of a priest , who was a great opponent of Bibles and Bible reading , who , at one of the simultaneous meetings , was struck with , a paralytic shock , and never spoke afterwards . These were instances of the visitation of God , which he also classed amongst the ' signs of the times / " It is terrible that , in the present state of Ireland , such heads should be meddling with the religion of its population . His Lordship concluded by
affirming that , " people might say what they pleased about religious ulqujry not going forward in Ireland , but he could state , from his own knowledge , that it was progressing rapidly . ' We can only hope that " his own knowledge" referred to his own mind ; and that he will refrain from making speeches and organizing missions for an Irish reformation , until thi ^ ^ ra pidly progressing" inquiry shall have brought him to an acquaintance witla the truth , that they upon whom the Tower of Siloam fell and slew them , were not sinners above all that dwelt in Jerusalem . . i vm / I "
In Dr . Drummorid's Fourth Letter an exposition is given of Ohe ^' of the rules of the " New Reformation Society , " as it has been ostentatiously , bat rather prematurely , called ; which , a $ being new in more senses than one to English readers , we here subjoin :
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1828, page 733, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2566/page/5/