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To the Editor.

Sir, —On Wednesday evening a lecture is to be given by a Mr. Mosley, who will endeavor to prove that Pastor Chiniquy is an imposter of the basest kind, and that his statements are prejudiced and unfounded. Presuming that your readers arc not acquainted with the character' and career of this lecturer, who is going to “cut tho Pastor to pieces,” allow me, throrgh your columns to give them a few facts concerning tho gentleman. Before dealing with his character, however, I shall endeavor to say a few words on the subjects contained in the advertisement of ’ his lecture. In the first place he alludes to “ The Pastor scarified.” Now, sir, has not Chiniquy told ns, both in his lectures in Ashburton and through his writings, that he has several times been dreadiully frightened, both his life being endangered and his cause hindered by the machinery brought to bear against him. Has he not pointed out the hazardous task entrusted to him by a high and divine authority, and how, single-handed, for years has he upheld afui defended the cause of Christ. No person can dispute the fact that he has been “scarified,” and when he himself admits such a thing, how can Mr. Mosley tell us anything new in reference to tho Pastor's sufferings. Still, in another sensp, since Chiniquy has made his voice heard nearly all over the world, he does not, nor is he the least frightened when tho time comes for him to sheath the sword he is now fighting with. Surely if a man is willing to give up bis life at any moment eye?x by the hand of an assassin, whore is the fear J udging by the Pastor’s own words he has, daring the time of his conversion, been sadly perplexed and deeply grieved, not s j much for himself but for his own people, his sole object being to extend tire light given to him to his, at that time, own denomination, and it speaks volumes for the old man when for the past thirty years he has been battling against innumerable foes to spread the light contained in the gospel.

What Mosely has to say about “ the little farm ” I cannot imagine, except lie feels jealous that lie cannot get a farm by such fan- means as the Pastor. What wrong is there in being the owner of a farm 1 This Chiniquy acknowledges, and even in his writings he alludes to this. What would a farmer in this district say if he were told that the piece of land he has paid for and wrought did not belong to him and he had no x-iglit to it. It seems monstrous to think that anyone, especially an aged gentleman like the Pastor, should be deprived of a homo which he will most likely require to use when his mission is concluded ; and sadly indeed does he need rest after such a long journey to endeavor to preach the word of God and convert Catholics. On this point also will Mosley be prevented from telling us anything new. “All about the Wesleyans” is another item' which the lecturer intends to speak about, and which I consider it would be well were he to leave alone. The majority of Wesleyans in Ashburton have heard the utterances of the Pastor, and I hey can judge for themselves whether he has in any' way tried to damage the Wesleyan cause. In the various books written by Chiniquy, he does not pick out any particular denomination of Protestants, and in his addresses to the many thousands of both Roman Catholics and Protestants, he does not attempt to say that one class of Protestants are better than another. When speaking about Wesleyans, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Arc., ho alludes to them as “Protestants.” No doubt Mosley imagines he can raise a feeling of strife between Pastor Chiniquy and Wesleyans, but I am afraid his attempt will be in vain. On the one hand, Chiniquy has spoken the truth, and the Wesleyans along with other Protestants have accepted it on the other hand. Can Mosley tell ns anything new, even on this subject I

Looking at the advertisement again, I notice the words—“ Chiniquy aux enters : Chiniquy in hell.” 1 shall dismiss this statement in a few words by saying that if any man suffered torture on this earth, lot him study the Pastor’s writings and sayings, and then he will come to the conclusion that no one man in a thousand could or would bear the terrible trials and troubles that he has borne. The Pastor not only tells us that ho has had to contend with i-.mumeiahlc foes and attempts made to crush him, and the struggles he has had, but he proves them by uncontradicted facts. This is the reason why the term “hell” is associated with the early days of his endeavors to convert souls to God. I hen Mosley' exclaims, “Chiniquy arrested in Montreal.” This is not all the Pastor tells us. Why, he has often been arrested, and false witnesses brought against him ; but still the old man lias come out of it all without a stain on his character, and still Mosley is going to tell his hearers at the Town Hall on Wednesday night that “Chiniquy has been arrested, and it was feared he had left for ‘parts unknown. ’ ” How one can say that Great Britain, the Australian colonies, and other important countiiesaro unknown, I cannot for a moment imagine. Perhaps they are unknown to Mosley, but I can tell Mosley'that ho himself iswellknown in New Zealand, and which I shall prove a little further on. The last, but not least, item on Mr. Mosley’s px-ograme is “ 250 cf his converts expelled for prostitution.” Expelled from where, I should like to know ; perhaps from the Church of Rome. Then if such is the case, it speaks volumes for the old man that he has converted so many. Does not Mosley mean 25,000 ? It is a wonder to mo that he has over acknowledged that 250 have seen the light. But then Mr. Editor, look how this man tries to injure the Pastor’s cause. Those converts are expelled for prostitution—-so he says. How does lie know ? "What a struggle Chiniquy must have had when he undertook to convert a body of 250 prostitutes. Will not God honor such a disciple who has succeeded in enrolling a company to the army of Chx-iat, who have been guilty of the basest immorality—l might say a pitiable crime. And how this man openly insults the Catholic people by saying that 250 of their number at one time were convicted of prostitution. Shame on such a man. In concluding this portion of my letter about the lecture to be given by Mr. Mosley, I shall now briefly allude to the lecturer himself. In reminding him of his pleasant stay in Wellington where he was, and is now, well-known, I should like to ask him whether he intends visiting that city for the purpose of delivering an anti-Chiniquy lecture. If so, I can safely pi’omise him a hearty reception. He will find many anxious and enquiring friends waiting (impatiently) to see him. He will, after he has satisfied the desires of several prominent pei’sons, be reminded of a little unpleasant transaction which oc ■ curi’ed there some time ago in re a place of worship. Does ho, Montague Mosley, recollect the time he endeavored to obtain the position of secretary to a Working Mens’ Library, which was about to be established in Wellington, and how ho placed his name on a subscription list for the sum of about ten guines in aid of a certain place of worship, and when the idea of forming a library fell through, and be was asked to pay the subscription promised, how he drew in his horns and refused to pay, confessing that he could not afford it, and had put his name down in error ? Mr. Montague Mosley at, I think, this time was editing a journal called the “ Wellington Prices Current,” and which it is needless to say he did not succeed with, and after trying several other schemes he has at last taken up the occupation of lecturer. There are many similar instances I could refer to which have transpired privately _ and in journalistic circles. I will refrain from alluding to them witlx in expectation that someone more fully acquainted with his career will put questions to him when ho lectures in the Town Hall. In his lecture in Christchurch Mosley pointed out to his listeners (about GO) that Chiniquy had left that city in order to avoid being brought into contact with him, fearing that he (Chiniquy) might get the worst of it. This must he x’cgardcd as false, as the Pastor was expected in Ashburton three or four days before he came, and had promised to come here before Mr, Mosley announced his intention of “cutting Chiniquy to pieces.” It is a pity that someone moi’e able did not come forward instead of the present lecturer, and it does seem strange that the Pastor should have been able to preach the gospel for a number of years without his statements being con traclictcd on a public platform, and I defy Mr. Mosley to address a number of people in the presence of Pastor Chiniquy. Now is his time to do it, as the Pastor will not be leaving New Zealand for some time to come. I, myself, along with several others, would gladly head a subscription list for tho purpose of defraying his expenses to any place where Chiniquy may be lecturing, providing the money be placed in the hands of a committee of gentlemen for such a purpose. In conclusion, I trust that his hearers, whoever they may be, on Wednesday night, will not be satisfied until he tells them what ho intends doing witlx the money received for the tickets of admission as straightforward as Pastor Chiniquy told hishearers when in Ashburton, There certainly is an object for which a young man may get money for himself, but it is not reasonable that an old man who is temperate, unselfish, hardworking, and self-denying would seek to gratify his own personal desires when he has easier means of gaining a livelihood than fighting the battle ho is engaged in. The new lecturer, therefore cannot do any good for himself except from a monetary point of view, which is bis sole object, aixd I caxx safety add that his statements will be resented by all enlightened Catholics in the district^

and if they are not satisfied with Chiniquy, let them read his book entitled “Papal Idolatory,” dedicated to Bishop Vaughan, of Sydney. If they are not satisfied witlx Mosley, sift his history for the past few years. In fact the same course is open to them in the Pastor’s case, and if they do this, then let them come to a conclusion for themselves.'—Yours, &c., A Wesleyan. P. S.—l am given to understand that the directors of tho Town Hall require Mosley to pay for the hall in advance.

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ANTI-CHINIQUY LECTURE BY MOSLEY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 65, 24 February 1880

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ANTI-CHINIQUY LECTURE BY MOSLEY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 65, 24 February 1880