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Eotereil, according to Act of Congress. in the year one thousand
eight handred and fifty-three, by
Harper & BROTHERS,
of New York.
ON THE CONSTITUTION
TIIE CHURCH AND STATE
ACCORDING TO THE IDEA OF EACII
EDITED FROM THE AUTHOR'S CORRECTED COPY, WITH NOTES
BY HENRY NELSON COLERIDGE
"O that our Clergy did but know and see that their tithes and glebeu belong to them us officers and supctionaries of the Nationalty,—as clerks,
and not exclusively as theologians, and not at all as Ministers of the Gog. • pel;—but that they are likewise ministers of the Church of Christ, and
tbat their claims and the powers of that Church are no more alienated or affected by their being at the same time the Established Clergy, than by the common coincidence of their being justices of the peace, or heirs to an estate, or stockholders! The Romish divines placed the Church above the Scriptures : our prescut divinco give it no place at all.
“But Donne and his great contemporaries had not yet learnt to be afraid of announcing and enforcing the claims of the Church, distinct from, and coordinate with, the Scriptures. This is one evil consequence, though most unnecessarily so, of the union of the Church of Christ with the National Church, and of the claims of the Christian pastor and preacher with the legal and constitutional rights and revenues of the officers of the National Clerisy. Our Clergymen, in thinking of their legal rights, forget those rigués of theirs wbich depend on no human law at all."--Literary Remaina