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is a highchurchman who is not unwilling to recognize so much as the spiritual authority of the priesthood ; every one, who, de. nying what we ourselves disclaim, any thing of a divine right to temporalities, acknowledges, however, in the sacred character, somewhat more divine than may belong to the mere hired servants of the state or of the laity, and regards the service, which we are thought to perform for our pay, as something more than a part to be gravely played in the drama of human politics. My revered brethren, we must be content to be HighChurch-Men, according to this usage of the word, or we cannot be at all churchmen. For he who thinks of God's ministers as the mere servants of the state is out of the Church, severed from it by a kind of self-excommunication.”
Charge to the Clergy of the Diocese of St. David's, 1790. But this complaint on our part is by no means new, for in troublous times a similar attempt has always been made to terrify sound churchmen into silence. Let us hear the eloquent Dr. South :--" Those of the ancienter members of her commu. nion (i, e, the Church of England) who have all along contended for a strict conformity to her rules and sanctions, as the surest course to establish her, have been of late represented, or rather reprobated, under the inodiating character of high churchmen ; and thereby stand marked out for all the discouragement that spite and power can pass upon them, while those of the contrary way and principle are distinguished, or rather sanctified, by the fashionable, endearing name of low churchmen, not from their affecting, we may be sure, a lower condition in the Church, than others, (since none lie so low but they can look as high,) but from the low condition which the authors of this distinction would fain bring the Church itself into ; a work in which they have made no small progress already. And thus, by these ungenerous and unconscionable practices, a fatal rent and division
is made amongst us; and being so, I think those of the concision who made it, will do well to consider whether that which our Saviour assures us will destroy a kingdom, is the likeliest way to settle and support a Church."
South's Sermons, Oxford edition, vol ii. p. 226. “We may, therefore, safely conclude in the words of a certain prelate, with a small addition, that we know no High Churchman but the Pope, and no low Churchman but the fanatics and their abettors. But if any true lovers of the Church shall, under the notion of moderation, suffer themselves to be misled into that dangerous distinction, and join the enemies of the Church in the disguise of low Churchmen ; the time may soon come when they may be convinced of their fatal error, and become as high Churchmen as the highest in England when it may be too late.”
Memorial of the Church of England, page 23, edit. 2.
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THE ESTABLISHMENT, IN THE HUNDRED OF GARTREE,
IN THE COUNTY OF LEICESTER,
AUXILIARY TO THE SOCIETY ESTABLISHED IN LONDON,
INCREASING THE COMFORTS AND BETTERING THE CONDITION
PREACHED IN THE PARISH CHURCH OF WISTOW,
IN THE COUNTY OF LEICESTER,
On Sunday, the 14th of October, 1827,
BY THE REVEREND H. KEBBEL, LL.B.,
VICAR OF WISTOW.
J. HATCHARD AND SON, 187, PICCADILLY.
* Upon an occasion like the present, the best course is for a individual to do as much as he can to reheve distress, and remove di culties."
* By attending to the condition of the country, by inquirs, and by applying a remedy to distress, each within the limits of his on k capacity, much more good may be done than can be hoped from the cours which the noble Duke seems disposed to pursue."
The Duke of WELLINGTON in reply to thu DrkE RICE
MOND, on a Motion in the House of Peers for Inquiry imate ting internal State and Distresses of the Country.
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