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COLLECTION

OF THE

ESSAYS

ON THI SUBJECT OF

EPISCOPACY,

Which originally appeared in the Albany Centinely

And which are ascribed principally to

THE REV. DR. LINN, THE REV. MR. BEASLEV,
AND THOMAS Y. HOW, ESQ.

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PREFACE.

In the course of the last summer, a writer appeared in the Albany Centinel, who devoted a series of essays, which he entitled "Miscellanies," to the discussion of miscellaneous topics. Strictures on the subject of Church Government appeared hi his 9th number. The very pointed remarks which he made on the Episcopal Church, and on Episcopal principles, accompanied with the avowal that the subject was to be continued in future numbers, rendered necessary a defence of those principles and that Church which were thus assailed. The friends of the Church and of Episcopacy, however reluctant to discuss an important religious topic in a public paper, were thus compelled to resort to the same mode, for defence, which the auther of Miscellanies had chosen for his attack. Accordingly " A Layman" commenced a defence of the Church, and was followed by "Cyprian," and others: while the author of Miscellanies was not backward in following up the assault and in repelling Vii« opponents.

The numbers entitled Miscellanies, and the other productions on the same side, are all attributed to the Rev. Dr. Linn, an eminent Clergyman of the Dutch Reformed Church at Albany, and formerly of New-York. For the able elucidation and defence of Episcopacy by a " Layman" and " Cyprian," its friends are indebted to Thomas Yardley How, Esq.* and the Rev. Frederick Beas

* This gentleman was educated to the bar, and when the late Gen. Hamilton held a high station in the army raited by Congress a few years since, acted as his private Secretary.

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