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fffc tWn 6 ? the friih Pte&yieriam . £ 43
wer y < the Ch ^ ch Irel ^ h # - iN * quentljplaet and ddn ^ lted witb tji e Bisliofc 66 ri < 5 &rning ; £ Ee fcornrft ^ h ' i | $ er rests of religion , &n #% tiilie 6 f tiuetii
& hpWtvettim&&eMM wtttfffi of fbf th % time possessed the churches atid the tithed % Sugk titejr diHiipt u *| rtn luiii ^ , ftor oth ^ vyise conforrn to 1 &t usage 1 d # the e ^ copal church . Ti | $
were tneiftti < tfs ftf tlie CJMv ^ iiati&n , iii tite yeai- 1634 . * Iliey freld Monthly meetings at Antrim , iii Which , iioth iiiuch solemnity and dfefotion , they constllt ^ d together 6 & the JBtest methods of serving the cause xWF the Reformation . They hid also ( tmMtdtlv coirimuiiioiis , which
greatly £ 6 niH 6 uted to the increase of piety . iTHdfr laboufs Wer / e eminently useful in cuyiliiinff a mde people and prdrnotiag ffeiieraff tranquillity ; insornticli that theii * entire conduct commanded ttte approbation of all the m 6 d £ rati £ jSpi $ copali 8 ins , particularly dfPrirttate Usher , with whom Mr .
Blait "tim intimately acquainted , and wild Vdtidis ^ fed id him and his breibjreti Ms waifrriest tribute of applause . M ^ ftjf 6 f the ministers were held in hijfh estimatioii by men of the first 1
c 6 nseqtten < 5 e iii the providce ofUlster . Iflieir iniAistry wks much respected , and was attehcted even by sonae of thdse Who did hot scruple to conform to tlie Established Church , ^ his was
remairkably instanced in the case of Mr . Blair , who , at the desire of the Bishop of Down , preached on Easter-Sunday , before the judges of assize . tn the evening of that day , he tfas sent for by oiie of the judges , that he might
converse with him on the subject of the sei * rrt&n Which lie had preached ; on which dccaskm , hia Lordship testified the highest i-egard for Mr . Blair and hia b ^ ethreft , and the ministry in whicK ttiev were encraired . +
The Protestant religion being now pretty well established in Ireland * it was thought expedient to draw up articles < lf the common faith , aftefr the manner of other churches .
Accordingly , 80 fne moved in Convocation , that the artictes of the Etiglish Ohurclx should be adopted ; hut this was opposed , as nilstiitable to the dfghity 6 f an indepehdettt tiatidttat establishment , " ¦ j ' ' 1 : * PreSt ) . Loy . p . 162 . Neal'is Wist . Pur . Vol . II . p . 94 . t Presb . Loy . p . 164 .
ton-cbur ^^ piiferencei * ' Tlie plantation of tijster was co ^^ sidefahiy fijrwarded by the liarsh tf ^ S | - Ment whifelt the ffifesfiyteiSiins tibth of % ij $ m& M&B&tfcm experienced aj
a | dt thefefpre il Was agreed to ^ that a itew confession should feS prepared . Tfi ^ articles <| nitained in ft are in a gfea ^ i ^ asure tlie same as those which th < e Furi ^ jf ift s re quested in tke
Harnptfiis tindie . For p t&e public safety ahd interest required % union o £ cpun-$ & £ a&toiig the frptestan ^ of Irelahd , m ^ ny of the Scotch i ^ d EiS glish Nohconrarmists escaped into that country , Where they were secure froiiv tlie per % sectitioh which awaited thefn at home .
The good effects resulting from the § 0 ttiem 6 nt of Presbyterians in twister , tv ^ i ^ e aftefw ard s so sensibly felt t ) y * 4 f For 1 st , ( as Mr , Neal obse rw ^) die nine articles of Lambeth are incorporated into this confession . £ < Uv , The
fnorality 6 t the Lofd ' s Day is stroiigly asserted , ^ tnd the spendiiig it \ vh 61 Iy in feligiotis eiercisfeS is req ^ ttired * [ Art . 56 , ] 3 dly , The obserratioii of Lent is dedared not to be a tetigiotis faSt > but grounded merely oil politick ! considerations ^ for pi-dvisidn of things tending to the better
preservation of the comntouwealth - [ Art * 50 . ] 4 thly 3 All clergymen are said tri be lawfully calked and sent ^ who are chosen and called t ; o this work l ? y men who have public authority given them in the church , to call and send ministers into the Lord ' s
vineyard ; [ Art . 71 ; j whicn is an acknowledgment af the validity of the brdiBatit > d ^ of those churches that have no bishops . 5 thly The powef of the k ^ ys is said to be only decfel-ative . | Art » 74 . ] 6 thly , The Pope is declared to be AntU ehrist , or that May of sin , whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his
mouth , and abolish with the brightness of his coming . [ Art . 80 . ] 7 thly , The consecration of archbishops , &c . is not so much as mentioned ; as if done on purpose , ( says Mr . Collyer , ) to avoid maintaining tlie distinction between that order and ( hat of priests . Lastly , no power is ascribed to . the church in making canons .
or censuring those who either carelessly or wilfully infringe the same . Upon the whole , these articles seem to be contrived to compromise tfee difference between the Church aud tlie Puritans ; and they bad
that effect till the year 1634 :, wtien , by the influence of Archbishop Laud and of the liarl of Straffofd , these articles were set aside , and tUo ^ of the Church of Englaad received in their roonu . " JSTeaFs Hist . Pur . Vol . 1 L p . 95 .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1824, page 643, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2530/page/3/