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THE ARCHDEACONRY OF TAUNTON
IS RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED
THEIR FAITHFUL FRIEND AND BROTHER,
GEORGE ANTHONY DENISON.
I have been charged publicly by Bishop Spencer with maintaining Doctrine which " is not the Doctrine of the Church of England ;"** and with having imposed upon candidates for the office of Priest the acceptance of that Doctrine.
I propose to prove, in this and some succeeding Sermons, that the Doctrine, thus publicly impugned by Bishop Spencer, is the Doctrine of the Church of England.
Such proof will either be satisfactory to Bishop Spencer, or it will not.
If it shall be satisfactory; in that case I trust that Bishop Spencer will withdraw the charge in the same public manner in which he has made it.
If it shall not be satisfactory; in that case, having regard to the grievous scandal and reproach to the Church at large, which is caused by leaving the
* See published Correspondence, Letter L.