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[ Under this head we propose to insert brief remarks on , or extracts from , new books , which are entitled to some attention from us , but which we are not able to bring under Review . ] I . Historical Memoirs respecting the English , Irish , and Scottish Catholics , from the Reformation to the present Time * By Charles Butler , Esq . of Lincoln ' s Inn . 2 vols . 8 vo Murray . 1819 .
Mr . Butler is an indefatigable author . Every one wonders that he can spare time from his learned and laborious profession for the compilation of books on subjects not relating to it ; but he himself explains this , in a motto from the celebrated French
lawyer , D' Aguesseau , Le changement d ' dtude est toujours un de'lassement pour moi ; and we may add , that however valuable Mr . Butler ' s works are , they are chiefly compilations , and are
hastily made . We say not this to disparage them , for they are extremely useful , and manifest great extent of knowledge and true Christian liberality of heart .
The present publication is a sort of apology for the British Roman Catholics , and the author has succeeded at least in shewing that their persecutors have been commonly in the wrong . No one can read it , we imagine ,
without surrendering his prejudices , and admitting that whatever be the truth <> r error of the Roman Catholic creed , it opposes no barrier to their full enjoyment of the civil and political rights of Britons .
Mr . Butler gives an interesting and , we doubt not , an accurate account of the present state of the Roman Catholics in this country , as also of their literary history and theological contro-
elear that these concluding words express the emperofr's and Eusebius's high opinion of the Sacred Scriptures , and this without the least reserve ? Either the author of the Inquiry , &c . could not construe , or he has purposely misrepresented * the language before us . On either supposition , where is his competency for the task he has undertaken ? ' - N . m ^ H ^^ MM ^^ .
MB *^^ " -I versies from the Reformation to the present times . He points out some admirable writers of their communion , especially in the earlier part of this period 5 but even his flattering review of his sect exhibits upon the whole a great dearth of talents . His partiality leads him to claim Shakspeare as a Roman Catholic , but he proceeds in this case upon mere negative evidence . The wording of the poet ' s Will appears to us to be decisive proof on the other side . But we take notice of the Memoirs chiefly for the sake of a few passages which we wish to extract .
Conversation of Mr . Foots on Religious Liberty . € C Mr . Fox's principles of civil and rereligious liberty are known to have been of the most enlarged kind . —On one occasion , he desired the writer of these pages to attend him , to confer with him , as he condescended to say , on Catholic
Emancipation . He asked the writer , * what he thought was the best ground on which it could be advocated . ' T }> e writer suggested it was—that * it is both unjust and detriinental to the state to deprive any portion of its subjects of their civil rights , on account of their religious principles , if these are not
inconsistent with moral or civil ' duty / * No , Sir ! ' Mr . Fox said , with great animation : < that is not the best ground . —The best ground , and the onl y ground to . be defended in all parts is , that action , not principle , is tfye object of law and legislation . ¦ With a person ' s principles rip government has a right to interfere/— ' Am I then to understand / said the person with whom he was conversing , andi who wished to bring the matter at Once to
issue , by supposing an extreme ease—* that , in 1713 jTwJien the houses of , Brunswicfc an < J . § tfcuart were equall y balanced * if a person published a book , m whicfy he
48 Notices of New Publications . —Butler ' s English Catholics .
Notices Of New Publications.
NOTICES OF NEW PUBLICATIONS .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1820, page 48, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2484/page/48/