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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?

APOSTOLICAL ORIGIN,

INDEPENDENCE, AND PROTESTANTIS.M,

OF THE ANCIENT BRITISH CHURCH.

FIRST EPOCH OF THE CHURCH.

Events.

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

Apostles.

II. 5. Preached in Spain by St. Paul.

6. Preached in the Western parts by

St. Paul,

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Authorities. 1. TERTULLIAN, Origen, Athanasius,

Chrysostom, Arnobius.

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5. Athanasius, Cyril, Epiphanius, Jerome,

Chrysostom, Theodoret, Gregorius, M.

6. Jerome.

EVENTS,

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

West.

9. Preached in the islands that lie in

the ocean by St. Paul.

10. Preached in Britain by St. Paul.

CONFIRMATION OF

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.

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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,

Theodoret, Nicephorus.

9. Jerome, Theodoret.

10. Venantius Fortunatus, Sophronius.

GILDAS'S TESTIMONY.

1. Eusebius, Jerome, Bede, Freculphus,

Ivo, Platina, Magdeburgici, Petavius,
Scaliger, Capellus, Simson, Stillingfleet.

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4. Tacitus.

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