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caution and the most deliberate procedure can make it. It shall be so.
The Fifth Volume will contain the famous Pastoral Letters of Bishop Gibson, and Bishop HORNE's deservedly popular Letters on Infidelity; with Memoirs of those writers, a Preface, and an Index.
The Sixth Volume will consist of Dean SHERLOCK's Discourse on Judgment, one of the best known and most generally admired theological treatises in our language.
The FOURTH, FIFTH, AND SIXTH VOLUMES, will go to press almost simultaneously, and may all be expected within four or five months.
A word relative to the conDITIONS of the work.
Want of reflection has in some instances produced murmurs at the small size of the Second Volumesupposed to be less than was stipulated in the Prospectus. Whoever may take the trouble to count, will ascertain that the first two volumes contain 616 pagesor 16 more than the number promised.
The present volume, beside the additional number of pages (to compensate which the Fourth Volume may be expected to be proportionably less) contains at least one, third more printed matter than subscribers had any right either to demand or to expect, owing to the quantity of small type in the notes.
Several applications have been made for single volumes of the series. Justice to the subscribers dictates the course (which will be inviolably observed) of refusing any departure from the original terms,
Few works possess stronger claims to regard than that which is now for the first time introduced to the American public. Apart from its intrinsic merits, it comes down to us from the golden age of the reformation, with the stamp of national sanction at the time of its publication, and recommended by the undivided suffrages of the learned and pious of every intervening age. It is the production of an individual, it is true ; but that individual confessedly pre-eminent for learning and eloquence in a learned age, and expressing, with mature deliberation, the, avowed sense of all his brethren, under their revision, and with their unqualified approbation. It may, therefore, justly pretend to all the consideration due to the combined wisdom, learning, and piety of the Church of England in one of its brightest periods—the age of the compilers of the Book of Common Prayer,
The Apology of the Church of England bears nearly the same relation to that Church, that is possessed, with regard to the Lutheran Church of Germany, by its Symbolical Books. Like the latter, the Apology is a statement of doctrine and discipline put forth for the purpose of refuting the calumnious misrepresentations of the Romish Church. Like them, it is an explanation and defence of the avowed principles of the Communion of which it bears the name. Like them, it was formerly acknowledged as such by the whole body of that Communion. Like them, it was an object of bitter hostility to the enemies of reformation, and of warm defence by its supporters; serving as a rallying point to those whose faith it imbodied forth, and a centre of union against the combined efforts of the adversaries of that faith. It is to the honour of the Church of England that the comparison does not hold good throughout, and that subscription to the Apology has never, like that to the Symbolical Books in Germany, been imposed upon her clergy as a condition of admission to their sacred office-notwithstanding that efforts for that purpose have been made.
e "The first, and indeed the much best writer of Queen Elizabeth's time, was Bishop Jewell : the lasting honour-of the age in which he lived; who had so great a share in all that was then, particularly in compiling the second book of Homilies, that I had great reason to look on his works as a very sure Commentary on our Articles, as far as they led me," BURNET on the Articles. Preface, p, vii, viii. ed. Lond. 1819,
A person familiar with the publications, correspondence, and sermons of the first three years of the reign of Elizabeth, will readily perceive that JEWELL, when writing the Apology, considered himself as merely the amanuensis of his brethren, and freely employed their arguments and statements. Several productions of the years 1558 and 1559 furnish portions of its argument; in two, particularly, (the articles agreed on by the leading friends of reforination immediately after the accession of Elizabeth, and a sermon preached by JEWELL himself at Paul's Cross, in 1559 or 1560b) the whole train of thought is developed ; briefly and hastily, indeed, yet sufficiently at length to make it evident that they contain the first outlines of the larger work.
Works, folio ed. p. 202, ss.--Gilpin, in his Life of Cranmer, p. 195 (quoted by Mr. ISAACSON) says, I know not on what grounds, that “Bishop Jewell laid the plan of the Apology at Strasburgh, though he did not finish it till happier times.” This statement, if correct, would perfectly explain the remarkable coincidence between the sermon and the Apology.
These circumstances by no means detract from the merits of Jewell's work. While they lessen its pretensions to originality, they enhance its claim to respect, as the result of the combined wisdom and learning of its day, merely culled and arranged by the master hand whose name it bears.
As such the Apology was openly recognised by those who were best acquainted with its origin and character. The biographers of JEWELL, and after them, the historians of the reformation, unanimously represent him as having undertaken the work at the instigation of his fellow bishops ; principally for the purpose of conveying correct impressions of the state of religion in England to foreigners, whom the Romanists used every artifice to deceive and prejudice against the newly renovated Church. For this reason it was necessary that it should be written in Latin, the universal language; and the celebrated purity of JEWELL's Latin style was unquestionably one of the reasons that led to his appointment. His work appears to have been perused in manuscript by several of the bishops, and among them by Archbishop Parker, and to have received their corrections, previously to its presentation to the Queen. After having passed this ordeal, a-fair transcript was submitted to the inspection of Elizabeth, and, receiving her hearty approbation, was at length committed to the press. Hence the work is repeatedly spoken of as published by authority,' or • set out by the Queen's authority ;'e and in WALTER
c"That thereby all foreign nations might understand the considerations and causes of your majesty's doings in behalf of the catholic faith" says JEWELL, in his Dedication of the Defence of the Apology to Queen Elizabeth.
1 Mr. ISAACSON says that "the copy was sent to Secretary Cecil for his judgment, and the Queen's approbation, in 1561.” Life of Bishop Jewell, p. lvii.
· Articles prepared for the Convocation of 1562—3.
HADDON's answer to Osorius, (which is itself termed
a state book' by STRYPE,') that adversary of the English reformation is explicitly referred to the Apology, as an authentic statement of the principles of the Church of England offered to Christendom by that Church, as a hostage for its adherence to the common faith." . Such, indeed, is the character claimed, both in the work itself," and by its author elsewhere, when he speaks of it as “containing the whole substance of the catholic faith confessed and freely preached throughout all the Queen's dominions.”i
The first edition appeared toward the close of the year 1562, probably just before the meeting of the Convocation in January 1563, (then reckoned 1562 ;) and was almost immediately followed by an English translation, published by the direction of Archbishop Parker, if not made by him. Both were sedulously circulated, at home and abroad, and in a very short space of time, foreign editions of the original, and several translations into other languages, had made the work extensively known upon the continent,
Abroad, it met with the most flattering reception. Being “made common to the most part of all Europe,” JEWELL writes to the queen, with justifiable pride, in his dedication of the Defence, “it hath been well allowed of and liked by the learned and godly, as is plain by their open testimonies touching the same."The congratulatory letter of Peter Martyr to the author, prefixed to the Latin work, and for the first
i Annals of the Reformation, Vol. 1. p. 249. fol. ed.
6 "Quam Ecclesia nostra tanquam communem et certam nostre religionis obsidem, palam in oculis orbis Christiani collocavit." Quoted by STRYPE, Annals, I. 249.
b Apology, Ch. IV. (numbered in this edition, erroneously, V.) 84. i Dedication of the Defence.