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offensive or disagreeable to those who hold a different set of opinions. Every year-every day which passes over my head-convinces me more and more not only of the entire wrongfulness, but also of the utter unreasonableness of intolerance--intolerance in any matter, especially in matters of religion. When we look around us, and consider that it has pleased the Almighty to permit the various creeds and churches of Christendom to be supported and advocated by such men as Luther, Bossuet, Fenelon, Jeremy Taylor, Bishop Butler, John Wesley, Robert Hall, Chalmers, and Channing-men with the fire of Divine eloquence on their lips, and the fervour of Divine piety in their hearts-surely there can be none of us who must not think how likely it is that in many points he may be wrong--how impossible it is that in all points he can be right. My young friends, may the favour and guidance of Heaven ever rest upon you, and consecrate your lives to works of usefulness done in the spirit of faith and love.



[OCTOBER 13TH, 1863.]



T seems rather a perverse coincidence that in company with the increasing dimensions and swelling fortunes of this institution, and of the growing interest which is felt in it, we should, by the domestic arrangements of the mansion in which we are met, be cooped into a smaller space than usual; and this only makes me wish the more eagerly that the time may not be far distant when the University will have a building of its own, duly accommodated to its high days and solemnities

"Dignis invita callida templis."

I always feel on these occasions that the Lord Chancellor-the ViceChancellor of the University-has brought before you in an exhaustive manner all the details connected with the progress of the University and of its affiliated Colleges. Among the other circumstances of the day

I have been especially gratified at observing, seeking for ad eundem Degrees, persons of conspicuous merit and fame in their own seats of learning. But I have now so frequently discharged the gratifying duty of distributing the prizes at this recurring celebration, and of addressing to the youthful competitors arrayed before us expressions of congratulation at their well-won Honors, and of affectionate encouragement for their future careers, that I should feel completely unable to vary in any degree the utterances of former years were it not for one circumstance, indeed of a most afflicting novelty. On most previous occasions I have seen sitting beside me, in the highest place, highest in fame among the gathered nobles of the realm, Richard Whately, Lord Archbishop of Dublin. Within the previous week this great and good prelate has been removed from us. Beside the graceful and touching allusion of the Lord Chancellor, as the Vice-Chancellor of this University, to the loss of his illustrious colleague in its senate, I feel profoundly that this is not the place, and that I am not the person, to deal with the highest aspects of this great bereavement. That pious office has been already rendered in its appropriate place, the chapel of this palace, by lips youthful indeed, but second in eloquence to none in Ireland, in a way in which I exhaust the praise when I say it was entirely worthy of the great theme. I stretch no daring hand to touch the cords of the hallowed tabernacle; but here, at least, in a learned assembly, met for a purpose purely academical, it is permitted even to such as me to hang one unavailing wreath upon the funeral bier of one whose mind and whose existence were strongly impregnated with academic influences, and who ever felt and displayed the most large and generous sympathies with every branch and form of learning. He came here from his own Oxford, and perhaps no intellect ever reflected more accurately the exhaustive learning and transparent clearness of her favourite Aristotle, though none would have more disdained to be slavishly bound by his or by any other person's trammels:

"Magis amica veritas"—

the love of truth, and the unfaltering desire to discover, develope, and proclaim it, were the guiding instincts of his moral nature; and to this high bent he brought the aid of the highest gifts of mind—a perception alert, acute, and sagacious,-a style of such marvellous perspicuity, that the complacent reader and hearer became quite unconscious of the in

tricacies he threaded and the heights he surmounted; and a power of illustration in which I believe him to have been unparalleled by any other man that ever lived. His large toleration, his abounding charity, his luminous faith, I designedly leave to other pens or voices. He no longer moves, converses, preaches amongst us; but, though dead, he yet speaketh. The lessons that once flowed in such resistless logic from his living lips now breathe with scarcely less convincing clearness from his honoured grave. Few of you, my young friends, can hope to rise to so high a place either in Church or State, either in theology, literature, or science, as that which he filled and adorned; but there is enough to teach us that the causes why he was so admired in life and so mourned in death were, not because his seat was exalted among the great of the land, not because rank and station and authority will some few hours hence follow his bier down the cathedral aisle, and the anthem will peal above his cold remains, but because he did what every one of you can do-he studied how to make the best use of the talents his Maker had confided to him, and devoted a life of conscientious and unflagging labour to his calling, his fellow-creatures, and his God.




[JUNE 16TH, 1857.]

THE Earl of Carlisle was received by the Right Hon. Alexander MacDonnell, Resident Commissioner; the Rev. Dr. Henry, President of the Queen's University, Belfast; James Gibson, Esq., Q. C.; and Dr. Andrews, Q. C.

When the Examination had concluded with an exhibition of the "Drummond light,"


As everything must pale after the light which has been namedafter one who was my most esteemed friend and excellent colleague in this country, the late Mr. Drummond-I think we cannot better close our proceedings than now. But you will allow me, before I leave you,

in a few words—and in a very few words-to express to you how much gratified I feel at having had this opportunity of attending you through that wide, extensive, and varied field of examination over which we have travelled this afternoon. I say, with all sincerity, the results appear to me to be most satisfactory; and, considering the limited time for which many of you have been here, I must say they seem to be quite surprising, reflecting infinite credit upon the capacities and the varied acquirements of those who teach, and upon the aptitude and flexibility of those who learn. I suppose that a very short time will now transpose you from those peaceful but busy haunts, and from your emulous but not, I am sure, envious studies, to your own separate scenes and spheres of action. I am sure no hint from me could be necessary to impress upon you the usefulness and the dignity of the calling which you have adopted. There may be other professions which attract more of public notice and of vulgar applause, but I feel sure that there can be none which, if faithfully and conscientiously pursued, is more calculated to leave its impress upon the race, the race which is growing up around us, and which will come after us. I have myself known some who have passed from your ranks, from under the shelter of this institution, who are now carrying on successful inroads against vice and ignorance and degradation, and who deserve the gratitude of the posterities of those whom they will have done so much to reclaim from sin and from pollution, and to put on the road of self-reliance and of duty. There is only one more practical suggestion which I would ask your leave to make to you before you all disperse on your several paths; and it is this-I am happy to see amongst you who now sit before me, as well as amongst those who are gathered behind me, members of different religious persuasions. Now, I trust I should be the very last person to call upon you to undervalue the importance of your different religious convictions; but I think you will yourselves have been able to ascertain, during your sojourn here, how much good and worth there may be amongst the members of different persuasions; and you will have derived no better lesson here than if, in your future lives, you inculcate those results of your own happy experience upon those who will be placed under your charge. Inculcate upon them the love of learning— for that is your special mission as schoolmasters; inculcate upon them the love of God-for that is your foremost duty as Christian men; and as a branch, a main branch of that love, and the measure of your own

experience here, inculcate upon them the love of one another: and may the blessing of the Almighty be always with you.



[DECEMBER 20TH, 1859.]


FTER the distribution of Prizes, the EARL OF CARLISLE addressed the students, and said :—


I need not tell you how delighted I am to meet you all here on the present occasion, and to distribute these Prizes which have been awarded to you by your teachers and professors in their several departments. You are receiving here from the State very excellent instruction of the best kind, and such as those who are placed over you have considered most suitable to the sphere of life which you have embraced. I do not require to inform you how much you are indebted for the education you receive, and for the kindness and attention paid to your requirements by the superior and excellent teachers of the institution. I have been told that some of the young men who have been educated here have obtainad good situations-some of them in the Colonies-and I trust that by their good conduct they will reflect credit on the establishment in which they were trained, as well as on Old Ireland which gave them birth. The excellent education imparted to you here will fit you specially for improving the soil; and it is expected that you will pay back something of what you owe to your country, by making the surface soil of our fair island more fertile, more ornamental, and more productive than you found it. In conclusion, I have only again to repeat what very sincere pleasure it gives me to meet you all here, and to state what great interest I take in your welfare; and to wish you individually, success when you enter on the real business of life.

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