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times. They are known to the civilised
world. In your recent resumption of re-
lations with the University we rejoice.

We have then a double interest in
that act of the Holy Father by which he
has crowned your life and set the seal ot
his sanction on your labours.

In the bestowal of this signal honour
and highest token of the approbation of
the Vicar of Christ we recognise also the
true scope and end of the great move-
ment of which you were the chief leader.

That movement sprang from this
ancient University, of old one of the glories
of Catholic Christendom and the Second
School of the Church. Centuries of
alienation from the centre of Unity have
since passed away, and now once more
the wall of separation is loosened by the
enrolment of another Master of Oxford in
the ranks of the Sacred College.

Our joy at so auspicious and signifi-
cant an event is mingled with gratitude
to the Holy Father for the favour be-
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you on the Church in England, and on
England itself.

Praying that you may be spared to
us many years to continue your work for
the glory of God, the advancement of
His truth, and the good of His Church,
We remain, very Reverend Sir,

Your faithful servants in Christ,
Signed on behalf of the Meeting,

BRYAN J. STAPLETON, Chairman.



To the Catholics of the Mission of the
City of Oxford.

LEGHORN, June 19, 1879.

DEAR MR. STAPLETON,

You and the good Catholics
of Oxford will, I am sure, excuse my
delay in answering your most wel-
come address, in consideration of the
long and serious illness from which I
am hardly recovered. Now that I am
on the eve of continuing my journey
to England, I will not start without
thanking you and them for your kind-
ness to me, and assuring you that
I value it very deeply.

The name of Oxford brings with
it to me associations, and raises
a throng of affectionate feelings,
peculiar to itself. The ashes of the
mighty dead, the relics of the time



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when it was Catholic, still live there,
and remind us from time to time of
their presence, by the effort they
seem to make to throw off the super-
incumbent errors which have so long
kept tyrannical hold of them.

The religious movement, to which
you refer, was an exhibition of that
latent energy, and a token of what
may take place at some future day.
The present spread of Liberalism may
be, for what we know, another move-
ment towards some great triumph
which is to come.

Meanwhile you, the Catholics of
Oxford, have a great and sacred duty
in preserving the traditions of the
past and handing them down for
happier times.

That you may ever be prospered in
this work, and increase in numbers
and in zeal, is the sincere prayer of,
Sincerely yours in Christ,

JOHN H. CARD. NEWMAN.



RETURN TO ENGLAND.
Arrival at Brighton.

His Eminence Cardinal Newman arrived in
Brighton on Saturday afternoon, June 28,
from the Continent, and was present on Sun-
day morning during the High Mass at St.



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John the Baptist's in St. James's Street,
though the delicate state of his health
precluded him from taking part in the cere-
mony. His Eminence, who has been
ordered to Brighton for the benefit of his
health, will make a stay there, probably of
three weeks' duration. He looked wonder-
fully well considering the attacks of illness
through which he had passed. In the after-
noon he most kindly drove round to the
several churches in the town, and paid a
visit to each of the priests attached to them.

Contrary to expectation his Eminence left
Brighton on Monday, for London, on his
way to Birmingham. Making a break in the
journey, he made an unexpected visit to the
Rev. Dr. Bloxam, Rector of Upper Beeding,
walking to Upper Beeding from Bramber
Station. After a few hours' visit, his Eminence
continued his journey to London.

Return to Birmingham.
His EMINENCE'S RECEPTION AT THE ORATORY.

The Fathers of the Oratory at Edgbaston
had on Tuesday July i, the unspeakable
satisfaction of welcoming home again their
Father Superior, Cardinal Newman, whose
journey to Rome to receive the dignity re-
cently conferred upon him has been attended
by so much anxiety and not a little peril.
His Eminence arrived in Brighton on Satur-
day, and it was expected that he would remain
there some time. On Monday, however, a
telegraphic message was received at the Ora-
tory to the effect that the Cardinal would
that day proceed to London, reaching Bir-
mingham on Tuesday morning, and that
immediately upon his arrival he would take
part in a thanksgiving service at the Oratory.



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His Eminence had intended to sleep the
preceding night in London, but owing to the
influx of visitors to the Agricultural Show,
there was no hotel accommodation to be ob-
tained ; he therefore pushed on to Rugby for
the night. Leaving Rugby in the early
morning he reached Birmingham by a quarter
to eleven, and drove at once to the Oratory,
where the church was already filled in every
part. He was received by the Fathers of the
Oratory and a number of the Catholic Clergy
of the town, Fr. Austin Mills, the senior
Father, receiving him with the usual cere-
monies. A few prayers at the Altar followed,
and then the Cardinal, being seated, addressed
the congregation as near as possible in these
words :

MY DEAR CHILDREN,

I am desirous of thanking
you for the great sympathy you have
shown towards me, for your congratu-
lations, for your welcome, and for your
good prayers; but I feel so very weak
for I have not recovered yet from a
long illness that I hardly know how
I can be able to say ever so few
words, or to express in any degree
the great pleasure and gratitude to
you which I feel. To come home
again! In that word "home" how
much is included. I know well that
there is a more heroic life than a
home life. We know the blessed
Apostles how they went about, and
we listen to St. Paul's words those



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touching words in which he speaks
of himself and says he was an out-
cast. Then we know, too, our Blessed
Lord that he " had not where to lay
his head ". Therefore, of course, there
is a higher life, a more heroic life,
than that of home. But still, that is
given to few. The home life the
idea of home is consecrated to us by
our patron and founder, St. Philip, for
he made the idea of home the very
essence of his religion and institute.
We have even a great example in our
Lord Himself; for though in His
public ministry He had not where to
lay His head, yet we know that for
the first thirty years of His life He
had a home, and He therefore conse-
crated, in a special way, the life of
home. And as, indeed, Almighty God
has been pleased to continue the
world, not, as angels, by a separate
creation of each, but by means of the
Family, so it was fitting that the Con-
gregation of St. Philip should be the
ideal, the realisation of the family in
its perfection, and a pattern to every
family in the parish, in the town, and
throughout the whole of Christendom.
Therefore, I do indeed feel pleasure
to come home again. Although I am
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being in the Holy City, which is the
centre of grace, nor of the immense
honour which has been conferred
upon me, nor of the exceeding kind-
ness and affection to me personally of
the Holy Father I may say more
than affection, for he was to me as
though he had been all my life my
father to see the grace which shone
from his face and spoke in his voice ;
yet I feel I may rejoice in coming
home again as if it were to my long
home to that home which extends to
heaven, " the home of our eternity".
And although there has been much of
sickness, and much sadness in being
prevented from enjoying the privileges
of being in the Holy City, yet
Almighty God has brought me home
again in spite of all difficulties, fears,
obstacles, troubles, and trials. I
almost feared I should never come
back, but God in His mercy has
ordered it otherwise. And now I will
ask you, my dear friends, to pray for
me, that I may be as the presence of
the Holy Father amongst you, and
that the Holy Spirit of God may be
upon this Church, upon this great
city, upon its bishop, upon all its
priests, upon all its inhabitants, men,
women and children, and as a pledge



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and beginning of it I give you my
benediction.

The Te Deum was then sung, and thus the
service ended.



From the Chapter of Nottingham.
July 7, 1879.

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EMINENCE,

We, the Provost and Canons of
the Chapter of Nottingham beg to offer
your Eminence our hearty and joyous
congratulations on your elevation to the
high dignity of the Cardinalate. We re-
joice to see in the distinguished honour
thus bestowed upon your Eminence by
the Holy See the appreciation of the great
talents which, during a long and honoured
life, your Eminence has devoted to the de-
fence of whatever you believed to be right
and just and true ; and a tribute also to
that universal esteem for the person and
character of your Eminence, which is felt,
not only by your countrymen of every rank
and creed, but by the great family of the
One Fold throughout the whole world.

Moreover we recognise, and desire most
gratefully to acknowledge, in the enrol-
ment of your Eminence amongst the
members of the Sacred College, a fresh
proof of the special love of the Holy See
for our country and of its watchful solici-
tude for its restoration yet once again to
the priceless inheritance of that One Faith



for which the children of this land have
already twice been indebted to the zeal
and charity of the Successors of St. Peter.
May the holy purposes of the Sovereign
Pontiff in behalf of our misguided country
be speedily and fully realised ; and may
your Eminence be spared for yet many
years to aid in their accomplishment by
your talents, your charity, your wisdom,
and your great influence.

WILLIAM PROVOST BROWNE.

JOHN CANON HARNETT, Secretary.



To the Provost of Nottinghnm.

THE ORATORY, July u, 1879.

MY DEAR PROVOST OF NOTTINGHAM,

I hope, without my using
many words, you will believe the
pleasure it gave me to receive an Ad-
dress of Congratulation from the Chap-
ter of Nottingham, an address so kind
both in itself and in its wording, for
which I must beg of you to convey
to them my most sincere thanks.

It did not need your doing me the
additional honour of you and Canon
Harnett becoming yourselves the
bearers of it, to make me understand
the warmth and depth of your good-
will towards me and your interest in
me, and the consequent debt of grati-
tude which I owe to the Canons and



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their Provost. And this debt is only
increased by the considerateness for
my health which has led in the event
to your sending instead of bringing it
to me.

Had the weather been better and
my health restored, I should have
welcomed thankfully an opportunity of
making your personal acquaintance,
and of expressing my acknowledg-
ments by word of mouth, instead of
making them by the unsatisfactory
medium of writing.

I hope some such opportunity may
yet occur, and am,

My dear Provost of Nottingham,
Your faithful servant in Christ,
JOHN H. CARD. NEWMAN.



From Fr. McNamara, College des
Irlandais, Paris.

April 1 8, 1879.
DEAR DR. NEWMAN,

When you were in Dublin I
had the honour of your acquaintance, and
treasuring since the esteem and respect I
then conceived for you I shared very
largely in the widespread delight with
which your elevation to the Purple has
been hailed in every direction.

I take for granted you will be going to
Rome soon, and I write to say that if in



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passing this way you make this old abode
of the Irish your hotel en route you would
do us a great favour.

Eighteen years, you will see, have left
the traces of " wear and tear " on me, but
produced no change in the high esteem
and profound veneration,
With which I have the honour to remain,
Your very old servant,
THOMAS MCNAMARA.



To Fr. McNamara t Irish College,



THE ORATORY, BIRMINGHAM, July n, 1879.

DEAR FR. MCNAMARA,

I had left England .before
you wrote to me, and had not been
gone many days when I was seized
with the illness which has lasted till
lately, and which has hindered my
replying to the many kind letters
which friends and strangers have sent
me.

It was very kind in you inviting
me to the Irish College, and I should
have been very much pleased to have
had an opportunity of renewing my
acquaintance with you, and thanking
you for your offer, though I should
have been unable to accept it, as we
were travelling in haste and were not
above two hours in Paris.



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With many sincere thanks for your
congratulations, and for the kind lan-
guage you use of me,

I am, dear Fr. McNamara,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
JOHN H. CARD. NEWMAN.



From St. Mary's College, Oscott, near
Birmingham, to Dr. Newman.

July 12, 1879.

To THE MOST EMINENT AND MOST REV.

JOHN HENRY CARDINAL NEWMAN.
MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EMINENCE,

The event that crowns your life
with an august and sacred honour has
been to us, the members of St. Mary's
College, Oscott, a deep source of happi-
ness. In numbering you among the
Princes of the Church, our Holy Father
has given joy to all that by birth or lan-
guage may claim kinship with your Emi-
nence ; and he has afforded fresh reason
for the willing homage we tender you.
Your voice has now for many years
charmed men into listening whenever you
have spoken to them of the Divine reali-
ties they are forgetting of the Unseen
presence that sheds its light upon your
thought of the aspirations that a Living
Personal God alone can satisfy of our
Mighty Mother, the Holy Roman Church,
whose royal claims to our allegiance, fol-



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lowing the kindly light that led you on,
you have acknowledged at the cost of a
great renunciation.

When we recall the steadfast faith that
has marked you out as a prophet to an
unbelieving age, and the wide and tender
sympathies that in your Eminence have
transfigured zeal to the excellence of a
patient all Christian love, and that speech
which seem's the echo of reason as it
stills all discords "by its apprehension of
the truest harmony, we must indeed look
up to you, as to one admirable in strength
and gentleness, whose thought has been
a consecration lifting him into a sphere
apart, yet drawing him strangely closer to
the affections of all.

By such rare gifts have you kindled
hope in hearts that once were failing, and
with loving irony have smiled away the
prejudices of three hundred years.

And we cannot but remember that,
more than once, your Eminence has bes-
towed a grace upon our College ; whether
at your first coming into the Church
when Cardinal Wiseman presided over
us ; or at the Synod of Oscott in that
memorable prophecy of the Second Spring
that is now enshrined in our literature ;
or at the grave of Monsignor Weedall
when we heard again those utterances
that have so musically wrought upon the
ear of England. We count it a privilege,
that the high honour that invests your
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you should leave your English home ; nor
can we refrain from hoping that many
outside the Church may see in the royal
dye of Empire and of Martyrdom the
meaning that your Eminence gave it long
ago in the pulpit of St. Mary's, Oscott,
may welcome and revere it as a pledge
to us from Rome of Rome's unwearied
love.

With deep veneration, and begging a
blessing from your Eminence,
We are,

Your faithful Servants in Christ,
Signed on behalf of the Clergy and
Professors,

JOHN HAWKSFORD, President,
Signed on behalf of the Students,

FRANCIS E. MOSTYN, Public-Man.

[The impromptu Reply to this Address was of some
length, but not more is known of it than allows it to be
said that it contained points interesting and character-
istic enough to make the want of it a loss.

For the return visit to Oscott, Rosary Sunday, Oct. 5,
1879, see p. 224].



From Dr. Rymer for the Secular
Clergy of Westminster and Southwark.

At a numerously attended meet-
ing of the Secular Clergy Common
Fund, comprising almost all the Clergy
of the Dioceses of Westminster and
Southwark, the following resolution was
carried unanimously

Resolved,

"That as there is no one amongst the



Clergy of Great Britain whose name we
regard with greater love and veneration
than that of Cardinal Newman, so is
there no one at whose elevation to the
Cardinalate we more greatly rejoice."

THE ORATORY, BIRMINGHAM, July 16, 1879.

MY DEAR DR. RYMER,

I could not desire a kinder
or more acceptable expression of feel-
ing on my behalf than is contained in
the communication which you sent
me from the Secular Clergy of West-
minster and Southwark on the oc-
casion which brought them together
last month : and I beg of you the
favour, when you have a fit opportun-
ity, of conveying to them my great
gratification at receiving it.

It is wonderful that I should be
granted before the end of my days so
special a consolation ; and valuable
as it is in itself, I see in it also a
token that they do me the additional
service of recollecting, as priests, how
near I am to that end, and how I
need their charitable prayers to pre-
pare me for it.

I am, my dear Dr. Rymer,

Most truly yours,
JOHN H. CARDINAL NEWMAN.



The Altar Society of the Oratory
Church.

On Sat., July 19, Cardinal Newman received
the ladies of the Altar Society connected with
the Oratory Church, who presented him with
an address of congratulation, together with a
handsome throne, canopy, and carpet for the
sanctuary. The address (presented by the
President, Mrs. Taylor, and read by Father
Thomas Pope) was as follows :

The Address.
(Presented July 19, 1879.)

DEAR LORD CARDINAL,

We, your Eminence's devoted
children in Christ, joyfully welcome you
upon your return to your home among
us.

During your absence, while you were
receiving the highest honours from the
hands of the Holy Father, those who
were so fortunate as to be prespnt with
you in the Holy City could at once and
in person offer their congratulations; we
have had to bear the anxieties of a long
separation, and a suspense in all our joy,
which only your safe return could relieve.

Now that in the tender providence of
God you have come safely back to us,
our happiness in your exaltation by the
Vicar of Christ is complete ; and enjoying
as we do the privilege of being employed
under your direction in work for the
Church of the Oratory and its Altars, we
gladly avail ourselves of this opportunity



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to give our united expression to our feel-
ings of gratitude to God and to the Holy
See and of profound reverence and affec-
tion for yourself.

We respectfully beg your Eminence's
acceptance of the offering for the service
and adornment of the Oratory Sanctuary,
which, with the willing and generous aid
of others, it has been our delight to pre-
pare for the occasion of your first appear-
ance at the Altar as a Prince of the
Church; and we ask in return your bless-
ing for ourselves and for those who are
dear to us.

Mary M. Nettlefold, Constance Cosgrove, Ann
Maria Hardy, Florence Taylor, Mildred Watts, Agatha
Powell, Edith Powell, Mary J. Roberts, Eleanor Will-
son, Clare Willson, Elizabeth Taylor.

His Eminence acknowledged the presenta-
tion in graceful and appropriate terms, dwel-
ling on the pleasure it afforded him to re-
ceive this tribute at the hands of a society
in which his deceased friend the Rev. Am-
brose St. John had always taken so great an
interest. He then presented each of the ladies
with a little souvenir of the event from a collec-
tion of objects he had brought from Rome. A
pleasing feature of the meeting was the presence
of about a dozen young children, daughters of
the ladies of the society, carrying tributary bas-
kets of flowers. Each child, on presenting her
corbeille, kissed the hand of the venerable Car-
dinal, and received from his Eminence a religious
medal.



From the Chapter of Clifton.
BISHOP'S HOUSE, CLIFTON, July i, 1879.

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EMINENCE,

We, the members of the Pro-
Cathedral Church of Clifton, desire to
unite our congratulations with the many
others which have been so deservedly
offered to you.

We cannot forget that a large number
of those who composed the congregation
of the church of Clifton thirty years ago
owed their conversion under God's pro-
vidence to your teaching and example.

We rejoice therefore that our Holy
Father Pope Leo XIII., in recognition of the
debt of gratitude which Catholics in this
country owe your Eminence, has been graci-
ously pleased to raise you to the dignity
of a Prince of the Holy Roman Church.
Wishing that your life may be pro-
longed yet many years for the promotion
of the great work in which you have
taken so prominent a part,

We are,

Of your Eminence,
The obedient and faithful servants,
FREDERICK PROVOST NEVE.
J. J. CANON CLARKE, Secretary.



To Provost Neve and the Chapter of
Clifton.

THE ORATORY, BIRMINGHAM, July 16, 1879.

MY DEAR PROVOST NEVE,

I hope you will allow me
to express through you and Canon
Clarke my sense of the kindness of
the members of the Pro-Cathedral
Church of Clifton in sending their ad-
dress of congratulation on occasion of
the great dignity to which His Holi-
ness has advanced me.

To be visited with unusual honour
is as great a trial as to bear reverse
and disappointment, and I needed the
sympathy of others, and the manifes-
tation of that sympathy, to support
me under the singular condescension
which the Holy Feather has shown
towards me, and the unexpected
favours which he has heaped upon me.

The address then of your people,
as affording me this support, is most
welcome to me ; and, though I could
have wished that my state of health
and arrears of work had allowed me
to answer it at an earlier date, I
think I can promise that my gratitude
to them will not be less enduring
because the expression of it has been
delayed.



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But so old a friend, my dear Pro-
vost, as you, whom I have known
now for more than fifty years, would,
I know, forgive me and make my
apologies to others, even if he
thought they were needed.

I am, my dear Provost,
Affectionately yours in Jesus Christ,
JOHN H. CARDINAL NEWMAN.



THE ORATORY SCHOOL SPEECH DAY.
PRESENTATIONS AT THE ORATORY.

On Sunday morning, July 20, there was a
crowded attendance at the Church of the Ora-
tory, Edgbaston, a number of persons having
come from London and elsewhere to take part
in the addresses to Cardinal Newman which
were to be presented in the course of that day
and the next.

The Mass was sung by the Hon. Monsignor
Stonor, Cardinal Newman assisting in cappa
magna, and preaching a short sermon on a
passage, from the Sermon on the Mount,
included in the Gospel of the Day.

Benediction was given in the afternoon by
the Cardinal, who used the mitre and croziei
for the first time.

Afterwards, two presentations were made to
his Eminence in the schoolroom, in the pres-
ence of a large number of persons, the first
consisting of a set of High Mass vestments
and cope of red cloth of gold richly em-
broidered with gold, given by the members of
the Oratory School Society ; the second, a
beautiful monstrance, surrounded with ame-



thysts, presented by the mothers of the past
and present pupils of the Oratory School.

Lord Edmund Talbot made the first pre-
sentation, and read the following address:

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From the Oratory School Society.

To THE MOST EMINENT AND MOST REV.
JOHN HENRY NEWMAN, OF THE ORA-
TORY OF ST. PHILIP NERI, CARDINAL
DEACON OF THE HOLY ROMAN CHURCH
OF THE DEACONRY OF ST. GEORGE IN
VELABRO, etc., etc.,

We, the members of the Ora-
tory School Society, beg to offer to your
Eminence the homage of our veneration
and affection, and to congratulate you on
your elevation by His Holiness Pope Leo
XIII. to the rank of a Prince of the
Church. Just twenty years ago you
generously founded the Oratory School,
and you have always cheerfully shared in
the burden of toil and self-sacrifice which
that act has entailed. We, on our part,
gratefully acknowledge the benefits de-
rived from the privilege of your personal
influence and guidance after the wise and
gentle way of St. Philip, and we ask you
to accept these vestments in token of
those filial sentiments of loyalty and de-
votion which we shall ever cherish towards
you. Dear Lord Cardinal, it is the united
and heartfelt prayer of us all that Al-
mighty God may prolong your life for
many years to come.


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