2 SEPTEMBER 1843, Page 10

Although the Halifax packet of the 16th August brings no

intelligence of importance from the United States, we must not suppose that the people are, for once, without a topic of excitement. The Puseyite con- troversy is raging at second-band, with characteristic fury. A friend writes—" We are, as you know, a very excitable people, and must always have one engrossing subject before us ; the election of a Constable or a President, the mania of speculation, or the delirium of Repudiation, or the intolerant spirit of Abolition. Now, these things all being in a quiescent state, the Church is the great topic. Go where you will, it is High Church or Low, Puseyism or Anti-Puseyism. Stand at the corners of the streets, and the ragged news-boys are shouting to the top of their bent, an assertion from the Reverend Mr. This,' or a denial by the pious Mr. That all under a variety of names and titles too tedious to mention. The Churchmen have become religious gladiators, and tilt at each other savagely, bandying about such uncivil epithets that lookers-on of other sects are sadly shocked." In the course of a few weeks the whole thing will expend itself; to give place, perhaps, to a warfare on the merits of Mr. Macready.