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that voice has been raised, and that influence
employed, with the happiest results, when the
needs of the Church required it ; while I
know in my own experience, and no doubt
many here know too, how often that voice
has given satisfaction to the doubting and
encouragement to the perplexed. And now it
is a fresh and a deep debt of gratitude which


we owe to His Eminence, for putting aside
for a time the quiet daily habits of his life,
to come to address to us those beautiful
words which we have all listened to with so
much interest and admiration. I cannot think
that those words will soon depart from our
minds. We are all engaged day by day in
our different ways in the work of which His
Eminence has been speaking, and I must ex-
press my earnest hope that we may ever act
in the spirit of his words and remember that
it is by his wisdom and prudence, by his kind-
ness and candour to his opponents, by his
force of sympathy and everflowing charity,
together with his firm grasp of principle, that
he has established for himself his unexampled
influence over the intelligence and affections
of his fellow-countrymen of every school of
opinion and of every creed. (Loud cheers.)

The motion was then put by the Presi-
dent, and carried by acclamation.

Cardinal Newman : I am sure, my
dear friends, you will not consider the
paucity of words which I use to be
the measure of my feelings. Of
course it is known that the more a
man feels the less he will speak ; and
so it is with me most certainly at
this moment. You have spoken in a
way to do me extreme honour. For
myself, I know that I am now very
old, and therefore it is a great
comfort to think that there are those
who take such an interest in me ; and
I am extremely gratified at all that
has been said of me, and the kind
thoughts and feelings which have
been expressed. It is a great privi-
lege from Almighty God to have such


kindness shown to one. I cannot but
feel, indeed, that far kinder and more
flattering things have been said of me
than I really deserve. But I will not
attempt to weigh nicely your words,
or to judge myself that I will leave
to Him. And now let me say one
word in explanation of something I
said in my address just now. I must
not for an instant be supposed to for-
get that miracles are one of the
standing gifts of the Catholic Church,
and that though in particular cases it
may be presumptuous to look for
them, or hasty and rash to pronounce
their occurrence, nevertheless they are
at times granted for our encourage-
ment and edification, and, even when
they are not of the nature of evidence,
answer various good purposes in the
Divine dispensation. I am grateful to
you all for your favourable judgment
of me, your charity and sympathy for
me, your resolute intention to think
well of me in all things, and in so
many ways to do me honour. (Loud



When the cheering after the Cardinal's few
words of thanks given above had ceased, His
Grace the President rose and said : ** I have yet
one more duty to perform to-day, my Lords
and Gentlemen, and that is to hand to Car-
dinal Newman a present from the Catholics of
Australia which they have requested me to
present to His Eminence. (Cheers.) I think
this is especially a fitting occasion to discharge
this duty, and, so to speak, to bring the
Catholics of England and the Colonies to-
gether ; for when the Holy Father conferred
the dignity of Cardinal on Doctor Newman,
he struck a note which was echoed not only
throughout Great Britain and Ireland, but
throughout the Colonies as well, and every-
where where the English language is spoken.
This is the first time a present of the sort
has come from the Catholics of Australia ;
and although I received it some months ago,
I thought it well for this reason to keep it
until a suitable public occasion, such as this
seems pre-eminently to be, should occur, on
which to present it to His Eminence. Let
me say further, that the movement in connec-
tion with this presentation has not been con-
fined to Sydney or New South Wales, or to
any particular class. It was a spontaneous
movement, participated in by all classes
throughout the island, and in many instances
the mite of the poor was willingly given to-
wards it, as is shown in a letter received by
me from Mr. Archer of Sydney." (Loud


Letter from Mr. W. H. Archer of
Sydney , to His Grace the Duke
of Norfolk, Hereditary Earl Mar-
shal of England, etc., etc.

September 8, 1879.


I have the honour to address your
Grace under the following circumstances :

When the news came to Australia that the
dignity of Cardinal had been offered to the
Very Rev. John Henry Newman, there ran
a thrill of joy through Catholic hearts. That
dignity was recognised as a fitting reward for
his life-long battle for Truth, and it was
looked upon as an unmistakable testimony by
the highest authority on earth to the genius,
the learning, and the sanctity of this son of
St. Philip.

Soon, however, fears arose that the illust-
rious Oratorian, in his sensitive humility,
would succeed in his efforts to escape from
the splendour and the burden of the Purple ;
but when it was at last authoritatively made
known that he was indeed to be a Cardinal,
there was not only hearty satisfaction but
a deep sense of relief.

Concurrently with these tidings came an
account of your Grace's efforts in the mother
country to testify in some way to the general
joy in this gracious elevation ; and one
amongst us, well aware that there are
Catholics in Australia who in their affection
and admiration for John Henry Newman
cannot be surpassed, wrote to a few of them
to the effect that some effort, however modest
it might be, should be made to show that
our hearts beat in unison with yours, and
that our voices could harmoniously join in


the general acclaim. This took place in May
last, within the Octave of St. Philip Neri, and
the result was a rapid and signal success.

The first response received was from a
gentleman who is Australian born, and is
also one of the most eminent of our public
men, the Honourable William Bede Dalley,
and to him our speedy success was chiefly

Catholics only were present at our delibera-
tions ; but this did not prevent practical
sympathy and support from others, and among
them one who is entitled to our grateful
mention, the Reverend Dr. Charles Badham,
of the University of Sydney, who wrote for
us the Latin inscription, which appears on
the centre of the salver.

The movement was intended to be a lay
one ; and so it was in the main ; but in fact,
all sections of Society more or less con-
tributed. It was carefully made known from
the outset that no sum however small would
be refused. The consequence was that
shillings and even pence flowed in from all
parts of the country. Many of these modest
contributions came not only from poor people
in scattered townships, but from struggling
selectors, wood-splitters, fishermen, from folk
that toil in the remote bush, in wild woods,
and on lonely coasts remote from the capital.

The universality of the offering was indeed
so remarkable that His Grace the Archbishop
of Sydney deemed it of significance enough
to record in a pastoral. His Grace said :
" Has not the venerable name of John Henry
Newman acted as a spell upon them ? and
are they not doing for him what they have
proposed to do for no other, on his being
made a Cardinal ? Without a word or a
sign from the Archbishop, of their own spon-

taneous impulse, they have united in an un-
animity very unusual, from the highest leaders
to the most unknown amongst them, to do
him honour. Their love of him, their pro-
found reverence and admiration will be re-
corded in the lasting and grateful form,
loving words, and golden plate, engraved
and embossed with many memories dear to

There is a natural anxiety that no time
be lost in forwarding the Testimonial, just
finished, to its destination ; and I have been
asked to solicit your Grace's kind offices so
far as to present to Cardinal Newman both
the Salver, made of Australian gold, and the
Address which accompanies it, in the name
and on behalf of the subscribing Catholics in

We look up to you, my Lord Duke, as
the legitimate representative of the Catholic
Laity of the British Empire, and therefore
feel confident that your Grace will honour
us by cordially acceding to our request.
I have the honour to be,

My Lord Duke,

Yours ever respectfully and sincerely,

After this letter his Grace read the Address
and then presented it and the Salver to His

The Address from Australia.

We are authorised on behalf of the
members of the Roman Catholic Church
in this country to tender to you our
hearty and respectful congratulations upon
your elevation to the sacred office to


which it has pleased our Holy Father to
call you ; and at the same time to ask
your acceptance of this memorial of an
event of such deep and universal
interest in the history of the Church, of
our own admiration of your intellect and
character, and of our gratitude for your
distinguished services to religion. The
members of our faith in this distant land
desire to have some share, however
humble, in the gratifying labour imposed
upon all Catholics of witnessing to the
world the value of your work. Advantage
has been taken of the solemn occasion
which now presents itself to openly
express those profound sentiments of
admiration and sympathy which have lain
in our hearts so long ; and which, but for
the crowning honour of your illustrious
life, would still have remained unsaid.

Here, as in every part of the world
where our language is spoken, your high
place in our national literature and in our
national life is clearly recognised, and
though it has been the privilege of but
few amongst us to look upon you, it has
not been denied to many of us to hold
with your genius that silent and refining
intercourse which the humblest and most
distant can enjoy with the rarest and most
gifted of human intelligences.

To us it is no small thing that an
opportunity has arisen which seems to
pardon our intrusion upon the sacred
privacy of your life, and at the same


time to afford to us the long-sought-for
gratification of publicly testifying our
reverence for your life, our admiration
of your intellect, and our gratitude for
your services to mankind.

The inscription upon the salver :


Qui omnia,

Qucz a Deo acceperat,

Singulare ingenium miram subtilitatem

Inventionem in paucis felicem

Doctrinam quarn nihil effugiebat

Quod ad hum ana m vitam pertineret,

A d veritatis cognitionem et ad fratrum

Salutem sibi concessa ratus, spreta volgari

Facundia, Divinae caritatis lampada

Tanquarn unices duds et magistrce secutus

Adeo alte in hominum mentes descendit

Ut multos opinionum fallacies obc&catos

Et per incertas vias anxie trepidantes in luce

Et tranquillitate civitatis Dei collocaverit;
Pro tantis mentis et ob Principatus in Ecclesia

Dignitatem a Summo Pontifice

Plaudcnte orbe terrarum collatam

Fideles Sydneienses,

Ut sua quoque civiias

Communi gaudio intersit

Simul et gratias agunt

Et gratulantur.

To JOHN HENRY NEWMAN, who, regarding all
things which he had received from God (singular
genius, wondrous subtlety of intellect, rare felicity of
imagination, learning which nothing that was of human
interest could escape), as having been bestowed upon
him for the attainment of a knowledge of the truth
and for the salvation of his fellow-creatures, and who,
following the light of Divine Love as the only leader
and teacher, entered so deeply into the hearts of men,
that many blinded by the deceits of prejudice and
anxiously hurrying through uncertain paths, were led by
him into the light and tranquillity of the City of God.
For such labours, and as a memorial of the princely
dignity conferred upon him by the Sovereign Pontiff,
with the universal approval of mankind, the Catholics
of Sydney, in order that their city may have a share in
the common joy, express their gratitude and offer their


Reply to the Address from Australia.

It has been a great and most
welcome surprise to me to find that
I, dwelling in England, should have
succeeded in gaining friends at the
other end of the earth, friends so
many and so warm, friends whom I
seem to myself to have done so little
to deserve, yet who have been so
resolute in making known both their
warmth and their numbers to the
world at large. Besides the Address
which high and low have with such
wonderful unanimity joined in sending
to me, they have made me a beauti-
ful, costly, and singularly artistic
present, which speaks of their country
by virtue of the rich indigenous
material of which it consists, and of
their own kind hearts in the flattering
and touching words which are en-
graven upon it. And that these words
might be the more grateful to me, the
donors have been at pains to gain in
the choice of them the aid of a
well-known and highly-distinguished
scholar, who had known me years
ago, when he was an inhabitant of
the great Metropolitan centre in which
my lot is cast. I must make a further
remark. It is well known that, in


conferring on me my high dignity,
the Sovereign Pontiff in consideration
of my age and delicate health sus-
pended in my case the ordinary rule,
and condescended to allow me, by a
rare privilege, though a Cardinal of
the Holy Roman Church, to remain
in my own country nay, in my place
in the Oratory. This being so, I
notice it as a happy coincidence that,
as if in anticipation of his Holiness's
indulgence to me, his Australian chil-
dren have engraven on their gift, with
a true instinct of what would please
me as regards it, and as if looking on
to the time when others must be
owners of it, not only my own name,
but the names of those Fathers ^
whom, by search into one of my pub-
lications, they found to have been for
so many years my intimate friends
and brothers in the Oratory at Bir-
mingham. There was just one other
act of kindness open to them, and
they have not let it slip. When the
time came for my receiving their gift,
they did not choose that it should be
presented to me by the mere mechani-
cal appliance of the steam vessel and
the railroad van, but it is now placed
in my hands by a great person, by
one whom I have been allowed to

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know, love, and take interest in, even
from his childhood, whom the Catho-
lics of England recognise as their
hereditary chief, and whose participa-
tion in this act of grace associates in
my honour the fresh life and bright
future of Colonial England with the
grand memories of the past and the
romance of its mediaeval period.

At the request of the Duke of Norfolk
Cardinal Newman then gave his blessing to
the audience, which soon after separated.


SYDNEY, July 19, 1879.

An influential meeting of Catholics was held at
St. Mary's Committee Rooms, Sydney, on Friday
evening last. Owing to the sudden death of the
lamented Mr. Edward Butler, certain preliminary
arrangements had been somewhat interfered with,
and many of the circulars had been issued but a
few hours previously. There was, notwithstanding,
a numerous and enthusiastic assemblage. We
observed the Hon. William Bede Dalley, Q.C.,
M.L.C.; Mr. P. A. Jennings, C.M.G., K.C.P. ;
Messrs. W. W. Tarleton, barrister-at-law ; T.
Butler ; C. Heydon, barrister-at-law ; W. H.
Archer, K.S.G. ; J. Watkins, barrister-at-law;
F. M'Carthy, M.A. ; J. G. O'Ryan, barrister-at-
law ; C. S. Coveny; J. J. Moore, J.P. ; T.
O'Neil; R. Butcher; F. S. M'Dermott ; W. C.
Browne, M.L.A. ; T. M. Slattery, J.P. ; E. F.
Flanagan ; P. O'Dowd ; J. J. Spruson ; J. G.
M'Hale; J. T. Toohey ; J. Brady; P. Hogan,
J.P. ; T. Dalton, J.P. ; T. O'Neill, jun. ; D.


O'Conner, M.L.A. ; J. P. Garven and E. Hol-

Apologies for non-attendance and expressions
of warm sympathy were received from Mr. Joseph
Leary, M.L.A. ; Mr. Lynch, M.L.A. ; Mr. Henry
Austin ; Mr. E. G. Ellis ; Mr. W. W. Wardell ;
Mr. W. A. Duncan; Mr. E. J. Rubie ; and
several other gentlemen. His Honour Mr. Justice
Faucett also joined in hearty approval.

Mr. Butler moved, and it was seconded by Mr.
W. H. Archer, that Mr. Dalley take the chair.

Mr. Dalley rose and said :

Gentlemen, In introducing the subject of our
meeting, I find it impossible to avoid saying one
or two words of one who on last Sunday after-
noon, only a few hours before his untimely death,
spoke to me of this movement in language of
entire approval and sympathy. He then enter-
tained the hope that the state of his health would
have permitted him to be here with us to-night ;
and gladly undertook to co-operate with me and
with you (and with Mr. Archer, to whom the
suggestion of the movement is due) in bringing
this matter to a successful issue. . . .

Then speaking of Dr. Newman, the chairman
went on to say : And now when his life is draw-
ing rapidly to a close, and the Head of the
Church desires to honour him, let us make haste,
gentlemen, to take our place in a movement so full
of historical significance and which will be on all
sides regarded with so much interest. . . . With
these few observations I leave the matter in the
hands of the gentlemen present, feeling assured
that the response to our invitation to the Catholics
of New South Wales will not be unworthy of the
nobleness of our object.

Mr. Archer moved that practical effect should
be at once given to the movement by appointing
then and there a working Committee, with
power to add to their number, and that Mr.
Dalley be its President until the object for which
they met should be accomplished. (Cheers.)
This was carried unanimously. . . .

The meeting then resolved itself into Committee,

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and it was arranged that another meeting should
take place on Tuesday the iyth instant in order
to continue the organisation of the movement.

The Committee of the Memorial Fund, in
honour of Cardinal Newman, held its second
meeting on Tuesday the iyth instant, at the
Committee Rooms, St. Mary's, Sydney. It was
resolved, at the suggestion of the chairman, Mr.
Dalley, that a salver and goblet of pure
Australian gold and of Australian workmanship,
with a suitable Latin inscription, be the form of
the gift memorial. It was also determined that
in order to secure the co-operation of every
well - wisher to the illustrious Cardinal the
smallest subscription would be received. The
Committee appointed the week previously was
increased by the addition of the following gentle-
men : His Honour Mr. Justice Faucett, and
Messrs. H. Fitzpatrick, M.P., T. C. Makinson,
E. G. Ellis, W. A. Duncan (Collector of Customs),
M. Makinson, J. G. O'Connor, James Toohey, Dr.
Clune, W. E. Plunkett, E. J. Rubie, and T.
O'Mara, barrister-at-law. The meeting then
adjourned to Tuesday, 24th instant, Mr. Dalley
promising, in the meantime, to get designs ready
to lay before the Committee at the next meeting.

From Cardinal Newman to the Hon-
ourable Bede Dalley.

THE ORATORY, August 17, 1879.


The newspaper has come to me with
a notice of the honour you and your friends have
done me by your public meeting on my behalf,
and of the additional great goodness of your pro-
posing, by a splendid gift, to record for present
and future time your warmth of feeling for me
and your favourable view of my services to the
Catholic cause.

Highly gratified shall I be by your extraor-
dinary generosity, and it will abide in the Oratory
after me, to be preserved with care, and shown


with pride, as a memorial both of your good
opinion of its founder and of his good fortune.

I have not omitted to say Mass for your
friend* whom you have so unexpectedly lost, and
who was intending so zealously to co-operate with
you in my favour.

Offering you all my best thanks for your sur-
prising kindness towards me,

I am, my dear Sir,

Sincerely yours,

From Dr. Vaughan, Archbishop of
Sydney to Cardinal Newman.

August 29, 1879.


By the time your Eminence receives
this letter the sound of many voices of congratu-
lation will have passed away ; and now, others
having finished, I think I may send your Emi-
nence my most respectful and affectionate expres-
sions of joy and delight at what the Holy Father
has done for you, and in you for the whole
English-speaking Catholic world.

The Catholic people of this Archdiocese, though
nearly all Irish or descended from the Irish race,
having been brought up under a thoroughly
English Archbishop, Dr. Folding, my dear prede-
cessor, have more of the English tone of thought
in them than those in other Colonies. Anyhow,
they have been manifesting their Catholic spirit,
and their deep veneration and love for your
Eminence's person, by spontaneously uniting to
show their deep appreciation of all you have done
for the Catholic body. This token of respect,
consisting of a golden Salver, will in due course be
presented to your Eminence.

I refer to this act of our Catholic people in

order, principally, to tell you that the two most

active movers in the matter were Mr. W. Bede

Dalley [Hon. William Bede Dalley, Q.C., M.L.C.],

* Mr. Edward Butler, mentioned above.

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one of our leading public men, a Catholic ; and
Mr. W. H. Archer, who has the pleasure of
knowing your Eminence, and who really gave the
movement its first start. I mention these two
names, in case, in your thanking the Catholics for
what they have done, you should think fit to
make some passing reference to their names.

There is one other point: and it is this. We
are now in the midst of a great educational fight.
The Bishops have lately issued a joint Pastoral
Letter condemning Public Schools, and urging
Catholics to give their children a thorough Catho-
lic education. We have found that these State
Schools are hot-beds of indifferentism and infidel-
ity : and unless a bold stand were made, the
Church eventually would suffer terrible injury. I
send your Eminence three Pastoral Letters which
I have written ; and in the second you will see
that I have taken some liberties (which I beg
your pardon for) with your Eminence's name. If
in your reply to the Catholic laity you could say
a word about their being thorough in their Catho-
licity, and becoming "Champions" against the
great apostasy, it would be a great help to our
cause. They want courage ; and you, by your
words, could give it them.

Hoping your Eminence will forgive me for
breaking in upon you in this way, and begging
your blessing to comfort and sustain me so far
from home,

I am, ever,

Your most affectionate and respectful

servant in Christ,
Archbishop of Sydney.

From Cardinal Newman to Dr
Vaughan, Archbishop of Sydney.

THE ORATORY, Nov. 16, 1879.


It is an extreme satisfaction and plea-
sure to me to receive so warm a letter of con-
gratulation from your Grace. It puts the crown
on the honour paid me by the public meeting at


Sydney, and by the costly token which the gentle-
men, who there assembled, are sending me of
their affectionate regard. Mr. Dalley, whom you
mention, was, I know, one of the foremost of my
friends on that occasion, and I addressed a letter
of thanks to him at once. I am happy to hear
that his seconder, Mr. Archer, is the friend, who
had already shown his kindness to me in another
part of Australia. Also, it is a great gratification
to me to find that a gentleman, who had here
the highest name for classical scholarship, Dr.
Badham, has so affectionately shown his friendly
recollection of me in a more than kind inscription.
Also, I feel it a great honour on the part of
your Grace, that you have made use, in the Pas-
torals, which you have had the goodness to send
me, of what I had occasion to say at Rome last
May on the subject of the special religious evil of
the day. It pleased me to find that you could
make it serviceable in the anxious conflict in which
you are at this time engaged in defence of Chris-
tian education. It is indeed the gravest of ques-
tions whether our people are to commence life with

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