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RELATING TO THE
DECLARATION ON KNEELING,
APPENDED TO THE
Communion Office of the English Book of Common Prager:
ADDRESSED PRIVATELY IN 1858, TO
THE RIGHT REV. CHARLES H. TERROT, D.D.,
BISHOP OF EDINBURGH AND THEN PRIMUS.
TO WHICH IS ADDED,
A Postscript of further Authorities and Arguments;
EXAMINATION OF STATEMENTS IN A WORK & SUPPLEMENT ON THE EUCHARIST,
REV. THOMAS WALTER PERRY,
ASSISTANT CURATE OF S. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS, BRIGHTON.
JOSEPH MASTERS, ALDERSGATE STREET,
AND NEW BOND STREET.
OXFORD: J. H. & J. PARKER; CAMBRIDGE: DEIGHTON, BELL, & Co.;
THE origin of the following LETTER and of the Postscript whereby it has expanded into this VOLUME is sufficiently stated, at pp. 1, 2, and 76, to render needless any further explanation here, as to the reason for preparing and now publishing these "Historical Considerations," beyond saying that the writer was encouraged, in pursuing the investigation and in deciding to make public its results, by the reliable opinions of some who were cognizant of the Pamphlet when, five years ago, it was only privately circulated.
But it may be desirable to mention, with reference to the main line of argument therein adopted,-touching the belief of the leading English Reformers, on the Eucharistic Presence, having been unchanged subsequent to 1549-That, though perhaps somewhat novel, it is very important to be established, provided an appeal to Evidence strictly warrants such a conclusion. That there is prima facie ground for contending the point, may be most reasonably inferred from the consideration of a Doctrinal identity really subsisting, and here shewn, between the First and the Second Liturgies of K. Edward VI., notwithstanding ⚫ that the case is commonly believed to be, and apparently is, otherwise: it strengthened the writer's convictions on this point to find that Mr. Freeman's independent examination of these two Eucharistic Services, (Principles of Divine Service. Vol. i.) led him to a similar opinion concerning them.
Further, it is of very material consequence to point out, that—in order to determine accurately the precise opinions, regarding Eucharistic Presence, held by those who are cited as witnesses in these pages-it is essential to bear in mind constantly the exact sense in which the words are used which are printed throughout in a prominent Egyptian type.
A few additions have been made to the original Letter, these are distinguished by being inserted within square brackets.
Some inconvenience may probably attend the, unavoidable, absence
of a systematic arrangement of the Postscript which forms the bulk
of the Volume; but this is, perhaps, in part remedied by a copious
It is only respectful to the Dean of Ripon, some of whose state-
The Reader will see that the Letter when first issued was signed
The Author's thanks are especially due, and are hereby tendered, to
the Hon. G. F. Boyle, of Cumbrae, for much pains most kindly
bestowed in attentively perusing and obligingly criticizing, at different
stages of its progress, the Volume which is now presented to the
candid judgment of those who may be induced to give it a patient
Feast of the Ascension, 1863.
ADDENDA AND CORRIGENDA.
128, Note, line 4, for "prace" read "peace"; and, line 6, for "Corp" read
,, 218, Note, after "Lambeth Library" add "nor yet at C. C. College, Cam-
,, 262, Note, line 3, for "Edw. had" read "Edw. vi. had"; and for "235"
,, 309, Note, line 6 for "without the Declaration" read "without Adoration."