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New Jersey (olly Elram

LETTERS

ADDRESSED TO THE

REV. SAMUEL MILLER, D. D.

IN REPLY TO HIS

LETTERS CONCERNING THE CONSTITUTION

AND ORDER OF THE

CHRISTIAN MINISTRY.

IN WHICH THERE IS AN HUMBLE ATTEMPT TO SHEW THAT

THE CHARGES, AGAINST THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, AND
HER ADVOCATES, ARE TOTALLY UNFOUNDED; AND, IN
WHICH THE PRELIMINARY REASONING OF THE REVER-
END AUTHOR IS PARTICULARLY CONSIDERED.

. BEING INTRODUCTORY TO AN EXAMINATION OF

THE WHOLE WORK.

BY THOMAS Y. HOW. »

Urica:
PRINTED BY SEWARD AND WILLIAMS,
ONE DOOR EAST OF THE COFFEE NOUSE. GENESE E STREET.

1808.

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LETTER I.

SIR,

I HAVE lately read your “ LETTERS, concerzing the CONSTITUTION and ORDER of the CHRISTIAN MINISTRY ;-) and would take the liberty of submitting to you a few remarks upon them.

It is not my intention to enter into a detailed examination of what you have advanced. This would require much time, and would swell the present address far beyond the limits within which it is my wish to confine it.

Your letters, it is well known, are the result of several years of laborious attention to the subject which they discuss. To postpone a reply, long enough to go through them minutely, would be to defeat my purpose in writing. On some future occasion, I may, perhaps, trouble you again ; at present, I wish to submit to the public a general review of your performance; satisfied that a refutation of the leading arguments, on which it relies; will be considered, by every candid and intelligent reader, as a refutation of the work itself. Nor is it my design, even, to examine all the divisions under which you have considered the subject. I shall, at this time, attend, particularly, to your prea liminary remarks, and to the proof of the divine institution of presbyterial government, which you attempt to derive from the sacred scriptures ; noticing, cursorily, such other parts of your work, as may be briefly commented on, in consistency with the principal object before me.

Controversy, in the present state of the world, is una: voidable. Opinions are infinitely various. Comparison of these, for the purpose of determining between them, is the object of controversy ; and, unless such comparison be

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