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L ETTER

TO

CHARLES BLUNDELL, ESQ.:

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Containing the Titles of the Works written in

reply to the Book of the Roman Catholic Church;"- and Remarks on some Passages in them.

DEAR SIR,

IF a multitude of Answers to a work be a proof of its merit, “ the Book of the Roman Catholic Church”. has pretensions to be thought meritorious. Within a short time after it issued from the press, several answers to it appeared, and parts of it were commented upon in several other publications. I long hesitated on the plan which I ought to adopt in answering them. To answer each regularly and minutely, would make it necessary for me to write as many books as there were

This my occupations and time of life,
Quindecimum trepidavit ætas
Claudere lustrum,

НоклCE. rendered quite impossible. I therefore determined to write a full reply to such one of my answerers as had made most objections to my work, and urged

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them most strongly; to reply to such other of the objections as should seem to me to call for particular notice; and to leave the rest for future discussion.

The first part of the plan, I have executed in my letters to Mr. Townsend : The second, in the letter which I have now the honour to address to you.

I shall mention in it the titles of all the works to which Doctor Southey's

" BOOK OF THE “CHURCH” has given rise, and occasionally advert to some passages in them. In the last number of the Quarterly Review, it is called " a splendid controversy :-peace and praise to us all!”

You will see, after my last letter to Mr. Townsend, a transcription of Dr. Phillpotts's letter to me, on a passage in a work published 17 years ago by Dr. Lingard; and a letter in reply to it, which Dr. Lingard has done me the honour to address to me. I am sure you will read it with great satisfaction.

I.

OF

THE

The Book OF THE CHURCH. BY ROBERT SOUTHEY,

Esq. LL.D. POET LAUREATE, HONORARY MEMBER OF THE ROYAL SPANISH ACADEMY, OF THE ROYAL SPANISH ACADEMY OF HISTORY, Of The ROYAL INSTITUTE OF THE NETHERLANDS, CYMMRODORION, OF

THE MASSACHUSETS HisTORICAL SOCIETY, OF THE AMERICAN ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY, OF THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY, Of the Bristol PhiLOSOPHICAL AND LITERARY Society, &c. 8vo. 2 VOLUMES, SECOND EDITION, 1824: MURRAY.

II. STRICTURES ON THE Poet LAUREÁTe's Book of

“THE CHURCH." By John MERLIN. 8vo. 1825. KEATING & BROWN.

II. A LETTER ADDRESSED TO THE AUTHOR OF THE

Book OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC Church, By APOSTOLICUS. 8vo. 1825. BAIN.

I CANNOT give you a better account of this work than by transcribing the author's preface :" The « Roman Catholic writers of the present day have

a two-fold object in view, the advancement of “ their political interests, and the re-establishment “ of their fallen hierarchy. To the first I have

no objection. The latter I regard with that in“ stinctive aversion, which must be felt by every

one that has contemplated the pure and glorious “ fountain of light and truth, at the bare mention “ of the triumph of darkness and superstition.”

Upon this I only observe, that the Irish Roman Catholics have never lost their hierarchy, and that the English are perfectly satisfied with the vicarial prelacy, by which they are now governed.

IV. The REFORMATION AND THE PAPAL SYSTEM: RE

MARKS ON TWO LETTERS UPON THESE SUBJECTS IN The Book of the Roman Catholic CHURCH, 8vo. 1825. LONGMAN, HURST, Rees, ORME, BROWN, AND GREEN, PATERNOSTER Row; AND T. TAYLOR, LIVERPOOL.

ABLY and politely written : the chief object of the author is to shew the civil and religious blessings,

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