The New Zealand Evangelist
The Two Archbishops of England.
The last mail from England brought the intelligence of the death of his Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury, Full of years and of honours, Dr. Howley has descended the grave; and Dr. Summer, who has for many years very worthily filled the See of Chester, is spoken of as being his successor to that important and responsible position. Dr. Summer's elevation will be a heavy blow and great discouragement to that party whose object has been to unprotestantize Church of England, as he looks with great favour upon and has assisted with his eloquence, the efforts of Bible and Missionary Societies, things which the subverts abhor, if there be any meaning in words, any significance in deeds. His Grace of Canterbury has soon followed him of York to the tomb, both lived long, and if they were not remarkable for doing much good, neither are they mentioned as having done much harm, they were not of the tribe of Ishmael, to which, one Reverend Bishop is said to belong, he is not an Archbishop, perhaps, he hoped to have been one; perhaps, he thought that he ought to have been one. Let us hope that the many changes in the ecclesiastical rulers of the Established Church will promote the interests of true religion. this is the object of our wishes. Appearances are more propitious than they were.
Tractarianism is on the wane. Good men will rejoice at this. Ecclesiastical changes are not the only ones that have occurred in Christendom. Wearers of miters have died! Wearers of crowns have, lost them, at least one notable instance of this has occured, Louis Philippe, the King of the French is again an exile! grasping at more, he lost what he had. The dog and the shadow over again! His case illustrates the revealed fact of a retributive providence, “Verily there is a God that judgeth in the earth”.
The whole of Europe appears to be in a disturbed state, and war is spoken of as imminent. In this state of things it is plainly our duty to pray for the preservation of peace. War is a tremendous evil, evil to both conquerors and conquered. Let us pray then, “Give peace in our time O Lord.” To those of our readers who do not read the newspapers, it will be gratifying to hear that there is a prospect of peace in our Colonial border. The formidable Heki is quiet, he has had an interview with the Governor-in-Chief, which was friendly in its character and issue. Let us hope that we “shall learn war no more.” Let all do their best to prevent causes of offence. The native inhabitants are not perfection, but they are capable of improvement; in fact, they have improved, and will improve if the right measures are adopted and persisted in.
To-morrow is still the fatal time when all is to be rectified. To-morrow comes—it goes—and still I please myself with the shadow, while I lose the reality; unmindful that the present time alone is ours, the future is yet unborn, and the past is dead, and can only live (as parents in their children) in the actions it has produced.