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manner, that he was anxious, to leave a strong and fixed persuasion of the necessity of increased assiduity and vigilance in the discharge of their religious func= tions. Christianity, attacked as it was on every side, required more than common efforts, and more than ordinary zeal on the part of its natural defenders; and hetherefore called upon them “to repel with vigour and effect all those charges of fraud, falsehood and fanaticism, which had been so liberally thrown upon it; at such a perilous, crisis to contend with peculiar earnestness for ‘the faith, once delivered to the saints,’ and to shew that it is not, as our enemies affirm, “a cunningly devised fable,” but a real Revelation from Heaven.” --- or ool - In particular he recommended it to them, with a view of stemming more effectually the overwhelming torrent of ji infidel
infidel opinions, "to draw out from the whole body of the Christian Evidences the principal and most striking arguments, and to bring them down to the understandings of the common people." "If this," he says, " or any thing of a similar nature, were thrown into a regular course of sermons or lectures, and delivered in easy, intelligible, familiar language to your respective congregations, I know nothing that would, in these philosophic times, render a more essential service to religion, or tend more to preserve the principles of those entrusted to your care, uncorrupted and unshaken by those most pernicious and dangerous publications, which, I have too much reason to apprehend, will very soon be disseminated with dreadful industry and activity through every quarter of this Island."
It is almost superfluous to add, that the effect of this admirable Charge was very soon apparent. It was calculated to make, and it did make, a great impression. The clergy gave full proof, that the advice of their Diocesan had not been offered in vain; and, I am well convinced, that in combination with other causes, the zeal and energy, which they displayed at that period, contributed in no small degree to the defeat of Infidelity, and, by necessary consequence, to the essential welfare of the State.
On the 3d of December 1795, the Bishop presented an address to the King, from himself, the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, and the clergy of the cities of London and Westminster, on the outrage offered to His Majesty by a seditious mob, in his way to the House of Lords; a
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circumstance in his life,” which perhaps I should not have mentioned, but that it gave occasion to the assertion of aerighty which, as it had immemorially been observed, he thought it his duty not to relinquish upon that occasion. The folk lowing is his own account of the transaction: “Wheno I sent as copyoof the Address to the DukesofPortland, and desired him to take the King's spleasure, when the would receiverit, she in a few days returnedoan. [answer, that His Mae jesty would receive it notoons the throne, but at the levee. As I conceived it did not become meito give upla. pervilege of the London Clergy; whichū knew to be founded in antienticăstom, I desired an interview with the Duke,and, on shewing him the papers in simyo possession, Esoon convinced him that saddressesofrom the Clergy of Londón were always received
on the , throne. He promised to state this the next day to the King, which he did, and His Majesty very graciously then appointed us to be received on the throne as usual” ob jo, Jood to or -ust has been already mentioned, that the Bishop filled the situation of Presi. dent of “the Society for enforcing the King's Proclamations against Immorality and Profaneness,”ioand that under his active and ediscreet direction the licen: tioushess of the iMetropolis had to a certain degreesbeen checked. It was not them probable, that when a publication of such an infamous description, and calculated to produce such infinite mischief as Pain's"Age of Reason, ushade its lappearance, and was disseminated withinconceivable industry through every town and villagesofthed;ingdom, the Society would suffer it!"to pass unnoticed.s"The 13ss)3:lood book