"Priestly Despotism Rampant" in the Wesleyan Conference; A Letter to the Right Hon. Lord John Russell ...

"Priestly Despotism Rampant" in the Wesleyan Conference; A Letter to the Right Hon. Lord John Russell ...

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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. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ... had hidden themselves "under a veil of concerted secrecy," the Conference, in order to detect the hidden conspirators, had no other alternative than to employ tests and interrogatories, --the execrable machinery of the Inquisition. The arguments employed by the Conference to justify its proceedings, if admitted, would sanctify any means, however cruel and inhuman, exercised for the purpose of extorting confession. I am sure your Lordship will concur in the opinion, that the man who usurps, and the man who concedes, such principles, is alike guilty of treachery to those glorious liberties handed down to us as a sacred inheritance, and sanctified by the precious blood of our martyred forefathers. One of the most sacred principles of English civil law is, that a man shall neither be compelled or induced to criminate himself. That this wise and benevolent arrangement has been ridiculously exaggerated and abused, is nothing to the purpose, further than that it serves to prove the depth and sacredness of the principle. The Conference and its apologists in attempting to blind the public, by giving these odious tests a milder name, designating them "friendly inquiries," "brotherly questions," &c., betray a consciousness of the odium to which their policy would expose them. I need not remind your Lordship of the abhorrence and hatred with which these interrogatories were regarded, and the resistance they provoked, in times to which England has long been a stranger. The noble example of the seven bishops, and the determination with which they refused to criminate themselves, will at once occur to your Lordship's recollection. Allow me, however, to cite the following from " Macauley's History of...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236942175
  • 9781236942173