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WHEN the sense of the Legislature of the United Kingdom had, in the Session of the year 1805, been so fully taken, and decidedly expressed, as it then was, upon that which is called the Catholic Question, the general opinion seemed to be, that no further attempt to bring it forward again would soon be made. But notwithstanding the supposition, natural as it was, the appearance of The Considerations, a work of some extent and labour, nearly at the beginning of the following Sessions, and other proceedings of late, shew clearly, that so very far is the Question from having been given up, that, on the contrary, every effort will be sedulously made and persisted in to carry it.
In such answers to those who have written in favour of the Question, as have been seen
by the Writer of the following pages, though the political and religious systems of the Romish church have been truly and forcibly represented, they have not been traced to their origin; neither have some mistakes, as to the primitive church of Britain and Ireland, and a presumed compatibility of the Romish religion with the Constitution of England, been cleared up.
These deficiencies he has endeavoured to supply; and he trusts it will appear, that his motives, for venturing to submit his sentiments to the Public, arise from a sincere wish to confirm what he believes to be the truth, and to oppose what he believes to be erroneous and dangerous ; and it has been his endeavour to express his ideas in the language which it becomes a Christian to use.
In the Appendix, a few pages will be found in answer to some of the principal arguments of Bossuet in favour of the church of Rome, which, as they are generally resorted to and relied on by the members of that church, seemed to require thus much.
The Considerations of Use in giving an enlarged View of the