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mi ing unable to bear the same of re- speak of Maynooth, its benefactor, maining in a situation he had filled so Donations of books to the library have badly, religned in disgrace, and the been made, amongst which are consequence was a considerable change fome from the celebrated* Edmund for the better, both in the discipline Burke. It confits now of nearly 7000 and studies of the house. The student, volumes, but Itrange as it may be however, in the end, fell a victim to considered, this valuable library is renthe increased resentment of his Lord. dered entirely useless, and merely a Ship, for his bishop was prevailed on monument of learning, by being scarceto refuse bim ordination, declaring at ly ever open to the ftudents. It is ncthe same time his conviction of the cessary to be of four years standing in pure and upright character of the stu- the house before a scholar is admitted dent, and the “ neceflity he was un into it, and not even then without the der of yielding to an opposition against particular leaye of his professor ; of him, respectable · from rank, and for this power the professors have invariamidable from numbers."
bly made a very bad use, not giving The original parliamentary grant tickets of admision to any, except a for building and endowing a Catholic few of their own favourites. college in Ireland was [8000. but it la Maynooth the student has chamhas since by the late administration bers, commons and education gratis. been raised to £13000, a year, a fum At his matriculation he pays eight equal to the support of more than 300 guineas entrance-money, which is forscholars. The college trustees are feited though he should remain there permitted by act of parliament to re. but a month. To whon, or for what ceive bequells not exceeding £1000. purpose this money is given or exa year; the legacies already left them pended we have not been able to af. have been but few : that of Lord certain. The profits also, of the proDunboyne has been litigated, and as duce of the college land, are not pub. yet we know not the issue of the lickly accounted for, but we suppose fuit be:ween the college and bis heirs. that they are not misapplied or con. Last year a gentleman who died in verted to private emolomeot. the Queen's county, bequeathed the The course of studies at Mayoooth intereit of £1000. for ever, to the as established by the statutes is on a college, for the maintenance of a pro. very extended scale. - It embraces feffor of the Irish language who is now both the useful and the elegaot; it on the establishment. We have been connects the lighter and more deinformed also, that an Irish gentleman
lightful who died lately on the continent, has bequeathed to the college of Maynooth, some property the amount of
Ν Ο Τ Ε. which we have not learned. The Duke of Leinster,to please whom the * Perhaps it is not generally known college was built at Maynooth, in a that this ornament of Ireland, who low, wet, unhealthy situation, attachduring his lifetime, was often reed to it 75 acres of ground, at the proached for his "attachment to the yearly rent of f1, an acre. We have Romish church and its ofessors,'(see dever heard of any other boon that Pursuits of literature) died a Catholic. this nobleman conferred on it, though He was attended spiritually in his he is generally Itiled by those who last illness, by Dr. Hulley.
lightful pursuits of literalure, with the tinguish themselves either in college, solid subjects of divinity and univerfal or more honourably afterwards on the frience. Though the course of study great theatre of e, deviate from this appointed by the academical code be inglorious track which the CENSON calculated for one of the first femina. would fain make them tread in, and ries in the world, 'tis much to be re. who steal from the very hours allotted gretted that in pra&ice it is not in ele to seep, a forbidden time to enrich nos distant manner adhered to. There and adoro their minds with claffic is as much difference between the knowledge. These Juckleis geniuses plas of education appointed, and the however, have been frequently the abone followed, as between light and jedls of virulent perfecution, and from darkness. We can eally pardon Dr. the year 1 302, to 1807, numbers have Miluer for describing in lo pompous suffered expulsion, whose talents rena stile the studies of the Maynooth fiu. dered them obnoxious to the immelident. We cannot imagine him guilty ate goverrors of the house. Let no of an intentional miliatement, hut we one for an in tant imagine that we suppose he looked into the college speak not truth our information is fatote-book, and took it for granted, most correct-we could state facts, that the course there ordained was and mention names, were it vecessary reduced to practice. What must not to corroborate what we advance. The be the regret of such a real well. grand spring from whence this terwisher to Ireland, such a lover and de- rible evil has taken its rise, was the fender of tbe catholicreligion when he is appointment of certain ignorant, vulsadeceived, when he finds that instead gar men, to the places of confequence of fpending three years in the study on the Maynoo:h establishment. By of the languages, two in rhetoric, and what intrigue or undue influence this one in poetry ; that the student learns was affected we know nut; but we Do rhetoric at all, that he is forbidden are assured that the late president under pain of the Censor's difpleasure un pauvre bon homme, whose talents to read an English poem of any kind; were scarcely equal to the direction of that as to the languages, Greek is not an oblure parish,and whose mental in. Itudied by twenty out of the two capacityrer dered him liable to become hundred students, and that the gene- a tool in the hands of others, less prinsality without being able to construe a cipled than himself, was a favourito perTage in Livy or Tacitus, are hur- and patronized by the Lay Lord we ried into a class of scholastic logic and have spoken of before. What a pity Metaphysics, where after spending a to see fuch a fine seminary, the last year; and two, orfometimesthree more hope of oppressed and perfecuted Irein the class of thcology, they are turn- land, committed to fuch care, to fee ed out on the Catholic misfion, and on it through neglect and ill treatment, the world, almost as ignorant as they falling in its infancy, prematurely inentered college. This is the general to decay, instead of being nurtured to routine of education at Maynooth; vigour and to manhood, by patriotic and it is what every true Irish patriot and paternal attention. We certainly frould deplore. It must be allowed feel great diffidence when we are that among the students of Maynooth, thus obliged to contradict so great a there are some young men, who, fired* character as Dr. Milner; but particuby native genius, and lifted up to larly as he challenges the most minute fuperior thinking, by the impulse of enquiry into his statements concerne za honest and noble ambition, to dif- iog the course of studies at Maynooth.
Dr. Milner, however, spent but a Church can boast in any age or in ang
hort time in our country, and cannot country. The person to whom we • be supposed to have required on every allude is the Rev. Dr. Ferris, with a
local i ubject the most accurate infor- fummary account of whose life we mation.
sha close this article. We look forward with high expec This illustrious man whose ambition tation to the future advancement of is to be forgotten, and who despises the our Catholic national College, in li- perishable fame which the world can terary improvement and literary fame. bestow, was bora in the county of Ker. The sensible and learned man who is ry, about the year 1738-9. At an now at its head, will, we hope rouse early period of his life he left his own the broken fpirits of the students to country, where there existed theo no laborious exertion and animate them encouragenient for Catholic enterprise, to a rivalry with the old university, where every profession was shut against This was the grand object which Dr. Catholic genius. The ardour of his youth Hussey had in view when he presided first inclined him to a military life, at Maynooth. His aim was to inbar the spirit of God wbo descined him spire the scholars with a dignity of for more noble and more useful purmind and an elevation of sentiment suits, foon turned him from the proequal to the character which he wished fersion of blood, and changed his inclithem to fill afterwards in the world. nation to the ecclesiastical state. The He planted in Maynooth the germ of impulse which determined him in the literary and moral excellence, but he choice of a profession, seems to have was unfortunately too soon exalted governed the whole tenor of his life, from this active situation to do that and accordingly we find him always. good for his religion and his country the real lover of mankind, unceasingly which unmitred he might have per- the promoter of man's true happiness. formed.
He was ordained a priest amongst a Dr. Flood succeeded Dr. Hussey, society of clergymen, known by the in the presidency; but though more name of the Brothers of the Mission, learned, he did not seem so well (ited whose revenues were then confiderafor the government of an Irish semie ble, and who were spread all over the nary. He was of a peevishi, fufpici. world, great numbers of them being ous, contemning difpofition, and tho' even in China. Dr. Ferris by his he was a promoter of learning, he ren- extraordinary merit, his transcendant dered the students in capable of study, piety, and his universal learning, rais. by actually starving them. He was ed himself to the highest consideration known to save £700 during one year in the society, and his knowledge of out of the annual grant, by curtailing human nature and human life, soon their commons. This conduct pro- pointed him out as the most proper duced so much discontent on their person to assist in regulating its affairs. part that when he died in the He was therefore appointed Vice Gebeginning of 1803, he left the college neral of the order, which office he ia a terrible state of turbulence and held until the period of the revoluconfulion. Since his death Maynooth cion. has rapidly declined both in disci. Dr. Ferris was well known at the pline and learning, notwithstanding French court, and esteenied at Paris ihe persevering efforts to the contrary as one of the heads of the clergy.. of one of the mos: virtuous and learn. His fame rendered him obnoxious to ed eccleliaftics that the Catholic the insidels of the revolution, who ex.
pe&ed to rear deism on the ruins of foon endeared him to the students. the catholic church in France. He His humanity, his exemplary piety, was obliged to fly, and he bad the and his rigid self denials operated as good fortune to escape into Italy, the most eloquçot lessons of morality. where be was kindly received by Pi. The amiability of his disposition his us VI, at the court of Rome. The tenderness of heart frequently dif. wars in Italy afterwards forced him played, and his elegant manners made from his assylum, and he traveled him him an obje&t of love. The stu. corbwards to Switzerland, and from dents worshiped his very dame, they thence to Viedna, attributiog to the adored his virtues. To such a pitch providence of God, the wonderful efe of discipline did he raise the college, capes he had effected from the most tha for fanctity of manners, Mayimmenest dangers, even through nooth in 1800 and, 1801, might be camps and fields of slaughter, After styled the BANGOR of modern times. in absence of forty-five years, he at Alas the scene is terribly changed, but length returned to his native coun- Dr. Ferris is no longer Dean. Will try, and from being a direcior of the ic be believed, that he was succeeded greatest society in the world, Dext to in his office by an illiterate, vulgar the Jesuits, he became Dean of May. student, who was despised by his fele Dooth college.* The conduct of this low scholars, for the meanness of his great man in so humble a situation, manners, and the littleness of his ca
lents, who was brought from the most
upcivilized part of Connaught, to diNOTE.
rect a community composed of young * The character of this clergyman men, most of whom were lads of high bears so Itrong a resemblance to Cowo spirit and cultivated genius. per's personification of Discipline, and
_Dr. is lo exactly described by it, that we cannot pollibly avoid making a long That blushed at its own praise ; and quotation.
press ihe youth lo colleges and balls, in ancient days Close to his ride that pleased him.---When learning virtue, piety and Learning grew truth
Beneath his care, a thriving vigorous Were precious & inculcated with care,
plant; There dwelt a fage, calla Discipline. The mind was well informed, the pafHis head
lions held Not yet by time completely Glvered Subordinate, and diligence was choice o'er,
If e'er it chanced, as lometimes shance Bespoke him past the bounds of freak it mult, ith youth,
That one among lo niany overleap'd But luong for service ftill and unim. The limits of controul-his gentle eye paired,
Grew ftern, and dait:d a levere reHis eye was meek and gentle, and buke; a smile
His frown was full of terror, and his Play'd on his lips; and in his speech voice was beard
Shook the delinquent with such fits of Paternal sweetness, dignity and love. awe, The occupation deareft to his heart, As left him not 'till penitence had Was to encourage goodness. He won would Atroke
Lost favour back again and clos’d the The head of modeft and ingenuous breach.
Dr. Ferris is now profeflor of Mo. " the kings of England, and of their ral theology, and though his old age • barons, some of whom, though born renders him unequal to the arduous among us, continue to practise the tik of teaching, he bears up with for: Samne rapine and cruelties against us, tilude against the rigours of his fitua. " which their ancestors did againk ours tion.
• heretofore. We mall speak nothing • but the truth, and we hope that your 6 holiness will not delay to inflict con
• dign punishment on the authors and The celebrated Irish Remonstrance, in " abettors of such inhuman calamianswer to the calomnies of Henry "ties. Il. and bis Ministers, who by nil • Koow then, that our fathers tating the Irish people and clergy, 'came from Spain, and our chief Apof. fo imposed on Pope Adrian, that "tle St. Patrick, fent by your predehe granted his Bull, vesting the ceffor, Pope Celestine, in the year kingdon of Ireland in the hands of of our Lord 435, did by the inspi. Henry the English monarch ; no- 'ration of the Holy Ghost, most thing more iniquitous appears in effectually teach us the truth of the history, nor has any calumy been "holy Roman Catholic faith, and evermore ably refuted; the ftile and since that, our kings, well instructStructure of the Remonftrance, is “ed in the faith that was preached to an elegant memorial of the learning them -- ......... and abilities of the Irish Clergy of ........... . those days.
have, in number fixty one, without
' any mixture of foreign blood, reign. "It is extremely painful to us; ' ed in Ireland to the year 1170. • that the viperous detractions of And those kings were not Eng. • Nanderous Englishmen, and their liMhmen, nor of any other nation, but « iniquitous suggestions against the 'our own, who, with pious liberality . defenders of our rights, should ex- bestowed anple endowments in lands 6 asperate your holiness against the and many immunities, on the Irila • Trish nation. But alas ! you know "church; though in modern times,
us only by the misrepresentation of our churches are most daminably • our enemies, and you are exposed plundered by the Anglicans, by • to the danger of adopting the iofa. "whom they are almost entirely de. • mous falsehoods, which they pro. "spoiled. And though those our • pagate, without hearing any thing • kings, so long and so strenuously de.
of the detestable cruelties they have • fended, against the tyrants and kings
committed against our ancestors, of different regions, the inheritance • and continue to commit even to this given them by God, preserving their • day against ourselves. Heaven for, innate liberty at all times inviolate; • bid, that your holiness should be yet, Adrian IV, your predecessor, • thus misguided; and it is to protect an Englishman, more eveo by affec
our unfortunate people from such a ótion and prejudice, than by birth, • calumny, that we have resolved to "blinded by tiat aiterion and by the • give you here a faithful account of 'false fuggeftions of Henry il. King o the present state of our kingdom, if of England, under whom, and per• indeed a kingdom we can call the shaps by whom, St. Thomas of Can. • melancholy remains of a nation, that "terbury was murdered, gave the doe so long groads under the tyranny of minion of this our kingdom, by a