The Posthumous Letters of R. G. Late Vicar of Tuddington; With Explanatory Notes

The Posthumous Letters of R. G. Late Vicar of Tuddington; With Explanatory Notes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ...unless indeed we may plead that the political excitement of the times, or the alarm of an approaching downfall, have so bewildered our reason as to make us say and do things of which we should be ashamed in a more tranquil season. " It does, however, appear to me a most imprudent, I had almost said a most insane, stroke of policy, in this turning point of our future destiny, to come forward with the old 'rusty sword of Archbishop Laud in order to frighten the Dissenters into obedience. It is a scheme full of folly, and worthy only of ridicule in these days to dress ourselves in the worm-eaten garments of Popish precedence, and to strut once more on the stage as the bullies and monopolists of the Christian religion. In darker days than these--in the heats and violence of the Restoration, and under the sway of the cursed' house of Stuart, we gained nothing by our arrogant assertions of exclusive privileges; and the uproar of Sacheverel agitations was of no permanent benefit to our cause; but now in these days, with the Reform Bill bearing upon us in full force-----with the notorious disafiection of the people, and the dying state of our sister Church in Ireland to call us to repentance--to set up again our idle claims of inherent apostolical rights, and to denounce the vast body of Dissenters as schismatics and atheists, who ought not to be allowed even to abide in the country (for such is the doctrine of L. S. E.)--this I say, Mr. Chairman, is an incredible degree of fatuity, and fully verifies the old adage, that Jupiter first deprives of reason those whom he wishes to destroy. "I look round, Sir, on this assembly, and I calculate that there are now seated round this table not fewer than twenty clergymen more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236820401
  • 9781236820402