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These circumstances, and the variety of his sources, produced the title of his Book; for it will be found to exbibit at once, the Relics of the Romish, and the various traits of the Reformed, Religion; the the former, interesting by the antiquity, solemnity, and the deep-laid policy of its institutions; the latter merits not less ‘attention, from the energy of character with which its progress has been connected, and by the various displays of polemical combats and effervescences of enthusiasm.
It will doubtless soon be discovered that the author is a member of the Church of England, and a friend to the sobriety and liberality of its institutions. In questions, about which common sense may differ he has endeavoured to avoid becoming a partizan; but he has never flattered the rant and the cant, the weaknesses and the follies, the errors and the vices, the crimes and the abominations, or the cruelty and intolerance of fanatics, enthusiasts, and bigots of any description. Papists, idolaters, Puritans, Saints, Pharisees, Seekers, Jumpers, “light, brisk, and airy,'' long bearded Joanna Southcotians, Quakers, and Quakery-all pass, in his magic lantern, before the eye of the reader, and in regard to all, the author has nothing extenuate nor aught set down in malice.”
Every fact in the Annals of Religion, which could gratify the curiosity of the reader, and serve as a beacon to point out the haven where alone we can find rest, or to warn us from the rocks, where destruction is inevitable, has been sedulously comprised in the present work.
It would he unfitting to deny such moral tendency, and unbecoming not to have had one; nevertheless, the chief object of the Book has been to gratify curiosity on subjects of Ecclesiastical History, and in a form which should invite the examination of tens of thousands who from idleness or indifference would neither Lardner nor Mosheim.
The Church in the Pious Enigmas....
William of Wickham 17 Transubstantiation ibid
ibid and Derry
58 Doctor South.... ibid
63 Cardinal Ximines
Bishop Atterbury... E2 Doctor Berkeley.....
83 Saint Pol de Leon.. ibid
88 | Episcopal Charity.
Archbishop Nevill... 97 John Knox..
100 | Bishop of Winchester ibid
101 Prebend of Rochester 145
Tithe Reckoning 102 | Atterbury
152 Monument in St. Paul's
155 Ludicrous Epitaph 187
157 | Funeral Honours.. ibid
ibid Origin of the Order of
107 Thomas a Becket.... 194
168 The Dry Pan and Gra-
170 dual Fire....... ibid
ibid Saint Cyprian..... 198
174 Clerical Complaisance ibid
ibid Lean Livings..... 202
ibid. Pious Quaintness... 207
181 Catholicism..... ibid