A letter to ... Henry Bathurst ... on the tendency of some of his public opinions, and the benefits likely to accrue to the establishment in Church and State by the repeal of all the disabling statutes against Roman Catholics & Protestant dissenters

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Page 21 - Bible, as well as King James's. The translators in King James's time took an excellent way. That part of the Bible was given to him who was most excellent in such a tongue (as the Apocrypha to Andrew Downs) : and then they met together, and one read the translation, the rest holding in their hands some Bible, either of the learned tongues, or French, Spanish, or Italian, &c. If they found any fault, they spoke : if not, he read on.
Page 30 - Puritan would be judged by the word of God : if he would speak clearly, he means himself, but he is ashamed to say so ; and he would have me believe him before a whole church, that has read the word of God as well as he.
Page 86 - It hath a restless spirit, and will strive by these gradations: if it once get but a connivance, it will press for a toleration; if that should be obtained, they must have an equality; from thence they will aspire to superiority, and will never rest till they get a subversion of the true religion.
Page 40 - ... judiciously contrived, that the wisest may exercise at once their knowledge and devotion, and yet so plain, that the most ignorant may pray with understanding; so full that nothing is omitted which is fit to be asked in public, and so particular, that it...
Page 33 - Green-yard pulpit, and the service-books and singing-books that could be had, were carried to the fire in the public market-place; a lewd wretch walking before the train, in his cope trailing in the dirt, with a service-book in his hand, imitating in an impious scorn the tune, and usurping the words of the litany used formerly in. the church.
Page 57 - Roman church, and to our lord pope Innocent and to his catholic successors, the whole kingdom of England and the whole kingdom of Ireland, with all their rights and appurtenances, for the remission of our...
Page 47 - Hubertus Legatus tuus, religiose pater, ad me veniens ex tua parte, me admonuit, ut tibi et successoribus tuis fidelitatem facerem, et de pecunia quam antecessores mei ad Romanam ecclesiam mittere solebant melius cogitarem.
Page 33 - What wresting out of irons and brass from the windows and graves ! What defacing of arms ! What demolishing of curious stonework that had not any representation in the world, but only of the cost of the founder and skill of the mason ! What...
Page 40 - ... its doctrine is pure and primitive ; its ceremonies so few and innocent, that most of the Christian world agree in them : its method is exact and natural ; its language significant and perspicuous ; most of the words and phrases being taken out of the Holy Scriptures, and the rest are the expressions of the first and purest ages ; so that whoever takes exception at these must quarrel with the language of the Holy Ghost, and fall out with the Church in her greatest innocence...
Page 41 - ... compilers were [most of them] men of great piety and learning ; [and several of them] either martyrs or confessors upon the restitution of Popery ; which as it declares their piety, so doth the judicious digesting of these prayers evidence their learning. For therein a scholar...

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