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proves that " the practice of Christians immediately after the Apostolic Age" was consonant to the present usage of the Christian Church , as well as to that of the ancient Jewish Synagogue .
It is stated in the title-page that the volume is " printed for the author , " and we are informed that , for reasons not necessary to be detailed , it is ex * tremely desirable that the public should so far patronize it as to exonerate him . This alone would not induce us
to recommend the work ; but we confess that it increases our desire to bespeak the favour of our readers for a publication whieh on the ground of its merits is entitled to no small portion of praise .
Art . IV . —A Letter to a Friend at Saffron TValden ^ touching' some Recent Disputes amongst the Dissenters in that Place . By a Member of the Church of England . 8 vo . pp . 8 . Rivingtons . 3 d .
FTHHIS " Member of the Church of JL England" has taken advantage of the intolerance of a Dissenting Minister and his congregation , ( see the Review of the account of Mr . W . Clayton ' s " Extraordinary
Proceedings" in our last number , pp . 504 , 505 , ) to disparage and revile Nonconformists in general , and to chaunt the praises of his own church , " the bestconstituted church in the world . " We
forgive his jokes and gibes at Dissent : for these Mr . W . Clayton has to answer , it being the necessary consequence of outrageous , unchristian conduct like his to provoke the sneer and to aid the triumph of the
champions of political churches , churches 1 > y law established on the ruins of the fundamental principles of the gospel : yet , we think that this " Member of the Church of England" has not chosen the fittest moment to extol
the frame of the national ecclesiastical polity , and to claim fop his church " apostolical discipline ; " a moment , when the distress of the leading interests of the country causes the Church to be felt an insupportable burden , and when certain occurrences have
filled the community with shame and indignation at the open traffic in church benefices and the corrupt appointments to episcopal rank for the
sake of ministerial patronage and parliamentary votes . > The iJetter-writer laughs at the office of a Dissenting " deacon " but he must allow the Dissenters tq look with as little veneration upon a Churchof-England bishop .
The " ' moderation * ' of the Church of England is much vaunted by this author ; but if we are to judge of the mother by her sons , we must dispute the boast , for the public is sickened
with the high priestly claims that are set up at every Visitation , and sorel y aggrieved by the rigour with which ecclesiastical dues are constantly enforced . True , the church does not
persecute Nonconformists , but let the Bishop of St . David ' s say , whether this tolerance of hers be owing to a tender regard to conscience , or to legislative enactments by which "heresy" is taken from the cognizance of the priest , and put under the protection of the magistrate .
Our Churchman appeals to " the history of the last two hundred years' * for the fact , " that the different Nonconformists , amidst all their clamours for liberty of conscience , have uniformly endeavoured to seize every opportunity of suppressing all modes of worship but their own : " the reproach ought to be felt by such Dissenters as those of the " Abbey-Lane Meeting" at Saffron-Walden , that make popes of their ministers and cherish bigotry as an idol ; but it falls pointless at the feet of the leading bodies
of Dissenters in the metropolis and elsewhere , who have on every suitable occasion , for the last quarter of a century at least , proclaimed their deliberate judgment of the equal right , of
all men to adopt their opinions and observe their worship , without restriction , molestation or even censure . The " Member of the Church of England" asserts the safety of relying " for the sense of Scripture upon the wisdom of our learned and pious Reformers ; " just as if he did not know
that those Reformers interpreted the Scriptures differently , and that their " wisdom" is a riddle of which no two Churchrrien living will give the same solution . Scripture , we humbly think , is quite as intelligible to the people of the present day , as the " wisdom" of the Reformers ; and it would surely be more consist-
566 Review . — A Letter on the Dissenting Disputes at Saffron-fFalden
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Sept. 2, 1822, page 566, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2516/page/46/