A Sketch of the History and Proceedings of the Deputies; Appointed to Protect the Civil Rights of the Protestant Dissenters, to Which Is Annexed a Summary of the Laws Affecting Protestant Dissenters, with an Appendix of Statutes and

A Sketch of the History and Proceedings of the Deputies; Appointed to Protect the Civil Rights of the Protestant Dissenters, to Which Is Annexed a Summary of the Laws Affecting Protestant Dissenters, with an Appendix of Statutes and

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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. 1813 edition. Excerpt: ... was the first attempt of such an aspect since the accession of the present Royal Family; nor, however innocent, or even beneficial it might appear in the eyes of its author, was it free from great and obvious objections: It confined the protection granted by the Toleration Act within narrower limits than either the words of that law, its original object as collected from history, or the uniform practice upon it would justify: --It broke in afresh upon the principle of religious liberty, and it opened a door for the exercise of discretion by the magistrate in cases where, hitherto, he had been bound to act only ministerially; a change so important, as, if once permitted to creep in, would rapidly destroy every vestige of religious freedom, and place every future candidate for admission into the Dissenting Ministry in dependence on the pleasure of a Quarter Sessions. I " That such is the apparent tendency of some Iparts of the Bill, as introduced, cannot be denied; and, notwithstanding the present imperfection of our religious liberties, that a measure in its principle sapping their foundation, and particularly restricting them in practice, should have been warmly opposed, is extremely natural. Nor do we believe that any Dissenters encouraged his lordship to imagine, that such infi'ingements on their ancient and accustomed possessions could ever meet with the approbation of their body. Their objections have also been fruther strengthened, by the deficiency of adequate cause for legislative interference; the evils complained of as arising from the preaching of persons alledged to be improper or ill qualified for the function, being rather assumed than proved; and the inconvenience to the state, of exemptions from burthensome services...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236839757
  • 9781236839756