A letter to ... lord John Russell on his speech for the repeal of the Test and Corporation acts; in which the principle of a test law is defended and the proposed alteration in the existing statutes is considered

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Page 4 - And will you preserve unto the bishops and clergy of this realm, and to the churches committed to their charge, all such rights and privileges as by law do or shall appertain unto them, or any of them? King or queen: All this I promise to do.
Page 13 - WHEREAS the late King James the Second, by the Assistance of divers evil Counsellors, Judges, and Ministers employed by him, did endeavour to subvert and extirpate the Protestant Religion and the Laws and Liberties of this Kingdom.
Page 45 - Of all species of rhetoric, of every kind of eloquence that has been witnessed or recorded, either in ancient or modern times ; whatever the acuteness of the bar, the dignity of the senate, the solidity of the judgment seat, and the sacred morality of the pulpit have hitherto furnished, nothing has surpassed, nothing has equalled, what we have this day heard in Westminster Hall.
Page 12 - The oaths of supremacy and allegiance,' and also the several tests and declarations mentioned in the Acts of Parliament made in the five-and-twentieth and thirtieth years of the reign of our late royal brother, King Charles II, shall not at any time hereafter be required to be taken, declared, or subscribed by any person or persons whatsoever, who is or shall be employed in any office or place of trust, either civil or military, under us or in our government.
Page 5 - Acts ; by the former, no person can be legally elected to any office relating to the government of any city or corporation, unless, within a twelvemonth before, he has...
Page 12 - And forasmuch as we are desirous to have the benefit of the service of all our loving subjects, which by the law of nature is inseparably annexed to and inherent in our royal person...
Page 14 - For amongst diversities of sects, where every one thinks itself the only true, or at least the most pure, every one aims at rising on the ruins of the rest ; which it calls, bringing into conformity with itself. The means of doing this, when reason fails, which is rarely at hand, and more rarely heard when it is, will be by getting into the public administration, and applying the civil power to the •work. But when one of these Religions is the established...
Page 14 - Religion of Nature Delineated, p. 124. VOL. VII. R he he who cannot give security for his behaviour to both, may- with as much reason be deprived of some civil advantages, as he, who, before the UNION, could not give security to the state alone. The matter, therefore, of greatest concern remains to be enquired into ; namely, how the equity of a testlaw can be deduced from those principles of the law of nature and nations, by which we have so clearly proved the justice of an Established Religion....
Page 10 - ... enacted against the Catholics as against the Protestant nonconformists ; and would concur with the king in any measure for that purpose : that the test was not to be considered as a penalty inflicted on the professors of any religion, but asasecurity provided for the established worship : that it was no punishment on men to be excluded from public offices, and to live...

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