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CONTENTS OF VOL. VII.
V. VISITS TO AND FROM JESUS UPON THE MOST INTE-
RESTING OCCASIONS AND IN THE MOST HALLOWED
IX. ANNUAL SALUTATIONS; OR, TOKENS OF REMEMBRANCE
TO THE SPIRITUAL CHURCH OF OUR MOST GLO-
1. God's Witnesses, the everlasting Confusion of all Infidels, and
the everlasting Comfort of all Believers
2. The Goings forth of Jehovah in his Trinity of Persons, &c.... 505
4. The Death of the Lord's Saints precious in the Lord's Sight.... 535
5. Death Abolished, and Life and Immortality brought to Light by
6. Watchman! What of the Night?
7. What think ye of Christ? the Great Question of the Gospel .. 586
8. The Solemn Demand of Christ, Luke xviii. 8.
9. To the Spiritual Church of Christ, greeting.....
10. On the State of the Church..
11. A Farewell Epistle to the Spiritual Church of our most glorious
X. SKETCHES OF A JOURNEY TO LONDON IN THE SPRING
OF THE YEAR 1803, INTERSPERSED WITH SPIRITUAL
Ir the title-page to this work be thought singular; and it be demanded-wherefore the Portrait of a Bishop of the Sixteenth century, rather than of any other century? The answer is at hand. This was the era, which, in reference to the religion of this country, might well be called, 'the golden age of the church.'
The nation had lately emerged from popery: there were no schisms, no party spirit, no diversity of forms of worship, throughout the whole realm. It might have been said at this time, as it was in the days of the apostles, "the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul." The pure fountain of religion, which, by long running over the strata of bigotry and superstition, in the cloisters of monkish darkness, had imbibed thereby a foulness and acerbity, was now refined and sweetened; and having risen again to its own original level, flowed with clearness through the land, diffusing its healthful streams in every direction.
From the commencement of the reign of Edward the Sixth may be dated the origin of the reformed church. In this period, we behold a king, encircled with his court; the
• Though the reformed church, strictly speaking, may be said to have had its rise during the reign of Henry the Eighth; yet, it is notorious to every one acquainted with the history of those times, that Henry himself, notwithstanding his quarrel with the pope, lived and died a papist.