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sary; and whenever it shall take place, they will cease to be a grievance.
But why may not Papists be admitted into Parliament, as well as Dissenters ? For a very plain reason: the admission of the latter does not militate against the essential principles of a Protestant Constitution. These essential principles are abjuration of the Pope's supremacy, and exclusion of Papists from political power. If indeed we are prepared to abandon our Protestant Constitution; if it has been found not to have answered its professed purpose ; not to have secured to us the blessings of civil and religious liberty; then we may have no scrupie in exchanging our present Constitution for another,
But we may venture to assert that there is not one of the Protestant supporters of the Popish Claims, who would not think the ascendency of Popery a great evil.. And as the reign of Popery can never return, while the Papists are excluded from political power, what should induce us to make so hazardous an experiment, as to place such an instrument in their hands, who are bound by the strongest ties of conscience to exert every faculty of mind and body for the restoration of Popery?
INDEPENDENCE, AND PROTESTANTIS.M,
OF THE ANCIENT BRITISH CHURCH.
FIRST EPOCH OF THE CHURCH.
I. 1. THE Gospel preached in Britain
in the earliest times.
2. Preached in Britain before the defeat
of Boadicea, A. D. 61.
3. Preached among the Celtick nations,
(of which Britain was one) by the Apostles.
4. Preached in Britain by some of the
II. 5. Preached in Spain by St. Paul.
6. Preached in the Western parts by
Authorities. 1. TERTULLIAN, Origen, Athanasius,
5. Athanasius, Cyril, Epiphanius, Jerome,
Chrysostom, Theodoret, Gregorius, M.
7. Preached in the extremity of the
West by St. Paul.
8. Britain included in the West, and
the boundary of the Gospel to the
9. Preached in the islands that lie in
the ocean by St. Paul.
10. Preached in Britain by St. Paul.
III, 1. St. Paul sent to Rome in the second
year of Nero. (A.D. 56.)
2. Pomponia Græcina, and Claudia
Rufina, two British Ladies, at Rome at that time.
3. Pomponia Græcina accused of foreign
superstition. (A.D. 57.)
4. Caractacus's family sent to Rome,
(A. D. 51.)
AUTHORITIES. 7. Clemens Romanus,
8. Catullus, Eusebius, Jerome, Arnobius,
9. Jerome, Theodoret.
10. Venantius Fortunatus, Sophronius.
1. Eusebius, Jerome, Bede, Freculphus,
Ivo, Platina, Magdeburgici, Petavius,