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the 8th. In compliance with the directions of the deceased, the invitations to the funeral did not extend beyond the tenantry upon the estate; it being however generally understood that the family of the deceased would look upon the. voluntary attendance of others as a mark of respect to his memory, great numbers of persons from Carlisle and the neighbourhood, proceeded to Corby by the early train.
The corporation of Carlisle met in the Town-hall a little after nine o'clock, and it was resolved that the council should attend the funeral of the late Mr. Howard, as a mark of the respect and veneration in which his memory was held by that body.
A room in the castle, adjoining the noble library, had been fitted up as a mortuary chapel; and here the body of the deceased, enclosed in a very handsome coffin, was placed. Here, on Monday, the impressive funeral service, according to the ritual of the Catholic Church, was performed with great solemnity. The Rev. William Ryan, of St. Mary's, Warwick Bridge, officiated; and was assisted by the Rev. Joseph Marshall, of Carlisle; the Rev. G. Leo Haydock, of Penryth; the Rev. E. Kelly, of Wigton; and the Rev. Joseph Cullen, of Carlisle.
The coffin was covered with black velvet, and had large massive silver bandles. At the head was a cross, in silver tissue : and beneath it a shield, bearing the following inscription :
1st day of March, 1842. Below the shield was a monogram, composed of the Greek characters X and P interwoven, heing the two first letters in the name of Christ, with the letters Alpha and Omega (the beginning and the end) at the sides of it. This is a device frequently met with in the tombs of early Christians, found in the Catacombs, and is intended as a symbol of the Christian's hope in the redemption through Christ. At the foot of the coffin were the initial letters of the words "Requiescat in pace.” “May he rest in peace,”—a pious aspiration frequently placed by Catholics on the coffins and tombs of the deceased.
A little before twelve o'clock the mournful procession left the Castle. The coffin was placed in a hearse drawn by four black horses. The chief mourners were P. H, Howard, Esq., M.P. (eldest son of the deceased), the Hon. Philip Stourton, the Hon. Frederick Petre (son of Lord Petre, and grandson of the deceased—his father being unable to attend in consequence of illness), and Henry Petre, Esq., of Dunkenhalgh, Lancashire.
The pall-bearers were William Ponsonby Johnson, Esq., of Walton House; Thomas H. Graham, Esq., of Edmund Castle ; John Dixon, Esq., of Knells; Fergus Graham, Esq., of Carlisle ; Major Maclean, of Carlisle ; Peter Dixon, Esq., of Warwick Bridge; the Rev. William Graham, of Arthuret; and G. G. Mounsey, Esq., of Carlisle.
We understand that Lord Wallace expressed his deep regret that the extremely delicate state of his health would not, with safety, pemit him to pay the last sad tribute of respect to his departed friend. His lordship and the deceased had been on the most intimate terms for a period exceeding half a century.
About thirteen carriages followed the hearse-and a great number of the tenantry, wearing black hatbands and gloves, on horseback and on foot, formed in the procession, which consisted of several hundred persons. The procession passed through the grounds, and along the road by Warwick Bridge to Wetheral. At almost every turn of the road, groups of people were gathered to witness the funeral; and many an eye was dimmed with tears, at seeing the remains of the good old man carried to their last resting-place.
The funeral service was read by the Rev. Edmund Stranger, the venerable incumbent of the parish, who appeared deeply affected by the performance of the last sad office over the remains of one with whom he had so long been in habits of friendship. The little church was crowded with spectators, and the solemn service was listened tu with breathless attention.
At the conclusion of the service, the coffin was lowered into the vault of the Mausoleum beneath the monument by Nolekins to the late Mrs. Howard. And thus has the tomb closed upon one full of years, and who had earned for hiinself the love and veneration of all with whom he had ever come in contact—whose life has been as blameless as his end has been happy -dying in peace with all men.—Carlisle Journal.
A solemn requiem mass was performed in the Bavarian Chapel, Warwickstreet, Gordon Square, for the repose of the soul of the deceased, which was attended
by Lord Stourton and other friends of the family. Lady Petre left Corby Castle on the 21st ult., after spending a week with her much-loved and sorrowing mother, Mrs. Howard, and affected brother, Mr. Philip Howard.
Death Of The Duke of Norfolk.–We regret to have to record the death of the Duke of Norfolk, who expired at his town residence in St. James'ssquare, about eleven o'clock on Wednesday morning, March 23rd. His grace had been for some time indisposed, and although it was thought probable that the arrival of spring might effect a favorable change in the state of his health, yet it cannot be said that the death of the noble duke was unexpected by his family and medical advisers, most of whom were around his death-bed.
Bernard Edward Howard, twelfth Duke of Norfolk, Earl of Arundel, Earl of Surrey, and Earl of Norfolk, Baron Fitzalan, Clun, Oswaldestre, and Maltravers, was horn in the year 1765. He was son of Henry Howard, Esq. of Glossop, in the county of Derby, by the second daughter of Sir William Molyneus, an Irish baronet, and a member of the house of Sefton. The late duke, then Mr. Howard, married in 1789, the third daughter of the second Earl of Fauconberg, but his marriage being dissolved in 1794, the duchess re-married the late Earl of Lucan, by whoin she bad a second family. On the death of the eleventh duke in 1815, his grace succeeded to the title and estates of the senior branch of the house of Norfolk, and, of course, also to the hereditary Earl Marshalscy of England.
The duke is succeeded in his titles and estates by his son, Henry Charles, Earl of Surrey, forinerly member for Horsham, West Sussex, but who was a short time since summoned to the House of Peers by the family title of Baron, Maltravers. The present duke was born in 1791, and married in 1814, the eldest daughter of the first, and sister of the present Duke of Sutherland, by whom he has issue, Lord Fitzalan, now by courtesy Earl of Surrey, the present representative for the family borough of Arundel. His grace, who is a moderate Liberal in politics, filled the office of Treasurer of the Royal Household and Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard, under the late administration. His grace is a privy councillor.
The mortal remains of the late duke have been deposited in the fainily mausoleum of the Howards, at Arundel castle.-R.I.P.
RICHARDS, PRINTER, ST MARTIN'S LANE, CHARING CROSS.
The following documents, which we have been requested to publish, will speak for themselves, without any commentary of ours.
When a man so acute, and liberal withal, as the author of the “ History of New York” and the “ Sketch Book," should allow his prejudices to warp his judgment so far as to take for granted the existence of certain odious clauses (which had no existence) in an ancient parchment writing, exhibited to him, and which he did not, and probably could not read; it is no wonder that in a country like this, where such deplorable ignorance respecting the Catholic religion prevails, inultitudes should be found ever ready to swallow the most absurd and incredible falsehoods, when that religion is in question. We willingly acquit Colonel Wildman of any intention to deceive Mr. Irving. Very likely he has been the dupe of some malignant foe of our Church, who wishing to pass himself off for an antiquary, skilled in deciphering ancient manuscripts, has repaid the hospitalities of Newstead by misleading its gallant host. We cannot doubt that Mr. Washington Irving will, after reading the following pages, redeem his pledge, by correcting, in the next edition of the “ Crayon Miscellany," the extraordinary mistake into which he has fallen. In doing so, however, he will be doing but partial justice to the Catholic body; for, to make ample and complete retribution, he ought to issue a leaf with his next edition omitting the paragraph complained of, with an instruction to holders of the previous editions, to cancel the leaf which contains it, and to substitute the other in its place.
We are enabled to state for the information of our readers, that an application was made to the Secretary of the Record Commission
(C. P. Cooper, Esq., Q.C.), and to the Augmentation Office, and the information obtained from the learned gentleman and from the office was to this effect : that all general pardons, however slight the offence, (even such, for instance, as a slight transgression of the then severe forest laws) would be worded in the manner in which the charter said to have been found in the brazen eagle was worded. The words which appear unnecessarily to have given so much scandal, viz., “pro omnimodus proditionibus, murdris, raptibus mulierum,” are general words inserted in every general pardon of the period, and therefore do not even imply that the persons pardoned were guilty of any such crimes.
“ Charleston, Dec. 28th, 1836.
Though a Presbyterian by birth, she said she never could believe that a number of the Christian priesthood of any country or age, were so notoriously depraved as this portion of your book represents them to have been. She asked me, whether, as a Catholic bishop, I knew of its truth from ecclesiastical history, or whether I believed the circumstance as stated. After reading pages 98, and 181, of `Newstead Abbey,' which runs thus :- This order (Augustinian) was originally simple, and abstemious in its mode of living, and exemplary in its conduct; but it would seem that it gradually lapsed into those abuses which disgraced too many of the wealthy monastic establishments, for there are documents amongst its archives, which intimate the prevalence of gross misrule, and dissolute sensuality among its members. One of the parchment scrolls (found in the eagle of molten brass) throws rather an awkward light upon the kind of life led by the friars of Newstead. It is an indulgence granted to them for a certain number of months, in which plenary pardon is assured in advance for all kinds of crime, amongst which several of the most gross and sensual are speci. fically mentioned ;' I did not hesitate to assure her, on the faith of a Christian Bishop, that the statement appeared to me not only false, but
impossible : and wholly irreconcileable with the principles or practice of Roman Catholic theology, which I had taught in one of the first colleges of Europe, and which I learned in my youth, under some of the most eminent French and Irish professors.
“The reading of your ‘Sketch Book’ impressed my mind favourably towards you, not only as a. polished scholar, but as a faithful writer (as far as a fair exercise of the imaginative faculties, which poets, novelists, and painters so freely, and sometimes so usefully, adopt) is compatible with historical details. But on this occasion you have left the region of amusing fiction, and called your book an historical notice; consequently I have a right to ask, as a man of honour, whether you have seen the documents, and satisfied yourself as to their authenticity, integrity, and veracity, according to the laws of sound criticism, and the rules of written testimony ? If this abominable story issued from the press of the clerical Pandemonium at New York, which disgraces the moral dignity of a few individual American ministers, whose deathwarrant as to credibility has been already signed and sealed by Colonel Stone, and other enlightened Protestant citizens, I would not dwell upon the loathsome fable for a moment, but the mental gems of Geoffrey Crayon
‘Like orient pearls, at random strung;' find homes and hearts ready to enshrine them in the schools of youthful innocence, and on the shelves of philosophers and Christians, of all denominations and countries. It is, therefore, not only as a guardian of public morals, but as a fearless friend to historical truth, that I raise my voice, and am so sensitively slow in the belief of this infamous extract. May I hope, for your fame, that it was an unintentional error of fact, or a hasty view of some forged parchment which, like the feigned letter of Pope Gregory XVI., by that foolish fanatic M Ghee, was palmed upon an aristocratic audience at Exeter Hall, and believed for a few days in London and elsewhere. You know from history, how
easy the execution of such a record could have been at former periods of British history. May I then respectfully, but firmly, as a British subject, and a Roman Catholic bishop, ask an explanation for what I conceive to be a libel on the faith and morality of millions, and a slander upon one of the ancient religious institutions of a portion of my country.
“Yours faithfully in Christ, “ Washington Irving, Esq.
"WM. CLANCY, Bp., &c."