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A LETTER

TO

THE LORD CHANCELLOR,

ON THE

CLAIMS OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND

IN REGARD TO

ITS JURISDICTION

AND ON THE

PROPOSED CHANGES IN ITS POLITY.

BY JOHN HOPE, ES Q.

DEAN OF FACULTY.

EDINBURGH:

WILLIAM WHYTE AND CO., 13, GEORGE STREET;

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• It does therefore appear to me, that this plan of leaving it to the • General Assembly to determine what ought to be done, leaves the • matter in this state of almost inextricable difficulty, that while you

escape for the time from those insuperable perplexities through which • Parliament itself cannot see its way clear result, you are asked • to do away the existing law, and to put the whole power of making a

new constitution in the hands of the ecclesiastical assembly ; numerous body of individuals, under whose judgment it is impossible

for this House of Commons or the legislature in general to know • what it is probable that they may get in place of the existing law of • patronage. And then is it nothing that the state, the legislature, • which in enacting laws constitutes the state, is to destroy that con<stitution of the Church and State which does exist, and to commit " to other bodies the power of originating (not of electing ministers, • that is not the thing, but originating) the law of the state upon these « important matters of the institution of ministers for every parish in Scotland ? I imagine that it is altogether without precedent in the • House of Commons to do this, and that that is a conclusion to which this Committee will not easily come.'

Lord Moncreiff.
-Evidence before Patronage Committee,

March 1834, p. 188.

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