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which Popery gains its proselytes. Moreover, the multitude of men cannot teach or guide themselves; and an injunction given them to depend on their private judgment, cruel in itself, is doubly hurtful, as throwing them on such teachers as speak daringly and promise largely, and not only aid but supersede individual exertion.
These remarks may serve as a clue, for those who care to pursue it, to the views which have led to the publication of the following Tracts. The Church of Christ was intended to cope with human nature in all its forms, and surely the gifts vouchsafed it are adequate for that gracious purpose. There are zealous sons and servants of her English branch, who see with sorrow that she is defrauded of her full usefulness by particular theories and principles of the present age, which interfere with the execution of one portion of her commission; and while they consider that the revival of this portion of truth is especially adapted to break up existing parties in the Church, and to form instead a bond of union among all who love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity, they believe that nothing but these neglected doctrines, faithfully preached, will repress that extension of Popery, for which the ever multiplying divisions of the religious world are too clearly preparing the way.
No. 1. Thoughts on the Ministerial Com
Churchmen, the Strength of mission, respectfully addressed
the Church. to the Clergy.
(24) The Scripture View of the Apos2. The Catholic Church.
tolic Commission. 3. Thoughts respectfully addressed 25. Bishop Beveridge on the great
to the Clergy on alterations in Necessity and Advantage of the Liturgy.
Public Prayer. 4. Adherence to the Apostolical Suc 26. Bishop Beveridge on the Necescession the safest Course.
sity and Advantage of frequent 5. A short Address to his Brethren
29. Christian Liberty; or, Why should 6. The Present Obligation of Pri
we belong to the Church of Enmitive Practice.
gland ? By a Layman. 7. The Episcopal Church Apostolical. 30. The same continued. 8. The Gospel a Law of Liberty 31. The Reformed Church.
9. On shortening the Church Service. 32. The Standing Ordinances of Re10. Heads of a Week-day Lecture,
34. Rites and Customs of the Church. 11. The Visible Church. Letters I. 35. The People's Interest in their and II.
Minister's Commission. 12. Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. 36. Account of Religious Sects at 13. Sunday Lessons.—The Principle present existing in England. of Selection.
37. Bishop Wilson's Form of Ex14. The Ember Days.
communication. 13. On the Apostolical Succession of 38. Via Media.- No. I. the English Church.
39. Bishop Wilson's Form of receiv16. Advent.
ing Penitents. 17. The Ministerial Commission a 40. Baptism.
Trust from Christ for the Be 41. Via Media.—No. II.
42. Bishop Wilson's Meditations on 18. Thoughts on the Benefits of the his Sacred Office. No. 1.
System of Fasting enjoined by Sunday.
43. Length of the Public Service. 19. On Arguing concerning the Apos 44. Bishop Wilson's Meditations on tolical Succession.
his Sacred Office. No. 2.20. The same continued. Letter III. Monday. 21. Mortification of the Flesh a Scrip- ' 45. The Grounds of our Faith. ture Duty.
46. Bishop Wilson's Meditations on 22. The Athanasian Creed.
his Sacred Office. No. 3.23. The Faith and Obedience of
RECORDS OF THE CHURCH.
I. Epistle of Ignatius to the
IV. Epistle of Ignatius fc Poly
carp. V. Epistle of Ignatius to the
Trallians. vi. Account of the Martyrs of
Lyons and Vienne.
No. 3. Thoughts respectfully addressed
13. Sunday Lessons.-— The Principle to the Clergy on alterations in
of Selection. the Liturgy.
37. Bishop Wilson's Form of Ex9. On shortening the Church Ser
39. Bishop Wilson's Form of receiv
ing Penitents. II.
ON ORDINANCES. 14. The Ember Days.
| 26. Bishop Beveridge on the Neces16. Advent.
sity and Advantage of frequent 18. Thoughts on the Benefits of the
Communion. System of Fasting, enjoined by 27. Bishop Cosin on the Doctrine of our Church.
the Eucharist. 21. Mortification of the Flesh a Scrip 28. The same continued. ture Duty.
32. The Standing Ordinances of Re25. Bishop Beveridge on the great
ligion. Necessity and Advantage of 34. Rites and Customs of the Church. Public Prayer.
III. ON THE APOSTOLICAL SUCCESSION. 1. Thoughts on the Ministerial Com
delivered to a Country Congremission, respectfully addressed
gation in shire. to the Clergy.
17. The Ministerial Commission a 4. Adherence to the Apostolical Suc
Trust from Christ for the Benecession the safest Course.
fit of his people. 7. The Episcopal Church Apostoli 24, The Scripture View of the Aposcal.
tolic Commission. 10. Heads of a Week-day Lecture, 33, Primitive Episcopacy.
his Sacred Office. No. 1.-
No. | 44. Bishop Wilson's Meditations on
his Sacred Office. No. 2.-
Monday. 46. Bishop Wilson's Meditations on
his Sacred Office. No. 3.
IV. ON THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH. 2. The Catholic Church.
20. The same continued. Letter III. 5. A short Address to his Brethren | 23. The Faith and Obedience of on the Nature and Constitution
Churchmen, the Strength of of the Church of Christ, and of
the Church. the Branch of it established in 29. Christian Liberty; or, Why should England. By a Layman.
we belong to the Church of En11. The Visible Church. Letters I. gland ? By a Layman. and II.
| 30. The same continued.
ON THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH. 15. On the Apostolical Succession of | 36. Account of Religious Sects at the English Church.
present existing in England. 31. The Reformed Church.
38. Via Media.—No. I. 41. Via Media.-No. II.
ON THE ARGUMENT FOR THE CHURCH. 6. The Present Obligation of Pri. | 19. On Arguing concerning the Aposmitive Practice.
tolical Succession. 8. The Gospel a Law of Liberty. | 45. The Grounds of our Faith.
RICHARD NELSON. 12. Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. 40. Baptism. 22. The Athanasian Creed.
of the Public Service.
ladelphians. II. Epistle of Ignatius to the XI. Account of the Martyrdom of Magnesians.
St. James the Apostle. III. The Apostle St. John and the XII. The Martyrdom of Polycarp. Robber.
XIII. Justin Martyr, on primitive IV. Epistle of Ignatius to Poly
Christian Worship. - carp.
XIV. Irenæus on the Rule of V. Epistle of Ignatius to the
XV. The temporal Condition and VI. Account of the Martyrs of
the Principles of Christians, Lyons and Vienne.
from the Epistle to DiogVII. Epistle of Ignatius to the
XVI. Address of Clement of AlexVIII. Epistle of Ignatius to the
andria to the Heathen. Romans.
XVII. Tertullian on the Rule of
Faith. at Rome.
XVIII. The same continued.
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| I AM but one of yourselves,-a Presbyter; and therefore I con
ceal my name, lest I should take too much on myself by speaking in my own person. Yet speak I must; for the times are very evil, yet no one speaks against them.
Is not this so? Do not we “ look one upon another,” yet perform nothing? Do we not all confess the peril into which the Church is come, yet sit still each in his own retirement, as if mountains and seas cut off brother from brother? Therefore suffer me, while I try to draw you forth from those pleasant retreats, which it has been our blessedness hithe to to enjoy, to contemplate the condition and prospects of our Holy Mother in a practical way; so that one and all may unlearn that idle habit, which has grown upon us, of owning the state of things to be bad, yet doing nothing to remedy it.
Consider a moment. Is it fair, is it dutiful, to suffer our Bishops to stand the brunt of the battle without doing our part to support them? Upon them comes “ the care of all the Churches.” This cannot be helped ; indeed it is their glory. Not one of us would wish in the least to deprive them of the duties, the toils, the responsibilities of their high office. And, black event as it would be for the country, yet, (as far as they are concerned,) we could not wish them a more blessed termination of their course, than the spoiling of their goods, and martyrdom.
To them then we willingly and affectionately relinquish their high privileges and honors; we encroach not upon the rights of the succESSORS OF THE APOSTLES; we touch not their sword and crosier. Yet surely we may be their shield-bearers in the battle without offence; and by our voice and deeds be to them what Luke and Timothy were to St. Paul.
Now then let me come at once to the subject which leads me to address you. Should the Government and Country so far forget their God as to cast off the Church, to deprive it of its temporal honors and substance, on what will you rest the claim of respect and attention which you make upon your flocks ? Hitherto you have been upheld by your birth, your education, your wealth, your connexions; should these secular advantages cease, on what