A Collection of Scarce and Valuable Tracts; on the Most Interesting and Entertaining Subjects: But Chiefly Such As Relate to the History and Constitut

General Books, 2013 - 392 páginas
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: ...lay them under obligations unto, by the doctrines of the Romish faith; yet there appears no reason why an understanding man should be induced to believe that the king of England is likely to prove a prince of that great and noble temper, there being more than enough both to raise a jealousy and beget a persuasion, that there is not a monarch among all those who are commonly stiled ca tholicks, from whom protestants may justly dread greater severities than from him, or look for worse and more barbarous treatment. I am not ignorant with what candour we ought, by the rules of charity and good manners, to speak of all men, whatsoever their religion is; nor am I unacquainted with what veneration and deference we are to discourse of crowned heads; but as 1 dare not give those flattering titles unto any, of which there are not a few in some of the late addresses presented to the king by an inconsiderable and foolish sort of dissenting preachers, so I should not know how to be accountable to God, my own conscience, or the world, should I not, in my station as a protestant, and as a lover of the laws and liberties of my country, offer something whereby both to undeceive that weak and short-sighted people, whom, their own being accommodated for a season by the declaration of indulgence, hath deluded into an o inion that his majesty cherisheth no thoughts of subverting our religion, and also furtlier to enlighten and confirm others in the just apprehensions they are possessed with of the design carrying on in Great Britain and Ireland for the extirpation of protestaiicy, and that the late declaration for liberty of conscience is emitted in subser viency thereiinto, and calculated by the court toward the pavinv and re arin th P P g e way for the more...

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