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A DISTINCTION WITHOUT A DIFFERENCE;
THE HON. & REV. H. MONTAGU VILLIERS, M.A.
WILLIAM WITHERS EWBANK, M.A.
MINISTER OF ST. GEORGE'S CHURCH, IN EVERTON.
“ Tum sunt notanda genera, et ad certum numerum paucitatemque revocanda : (genus
Cic. de Orat. i. 42.
Liverpool: DEIGHTON AND LAUGHTON.
LONDON: F. AND J. RIVINGTON.
REV. AND DEAR SIR, I KNOW of no one to whom I can with greater propriety address the following letter than to yourself.
Its object is to examine, with the fairest, and, I trust, most courteous criticism, the argument of a Sermon' lately preached in your church in favour of the National Restoration of the Jews to Palestine.
You are so well known as a warm encourager of the Jewish expectation of future national glory, and have so publicly identified yourself with the Restorationist view of the prophetic Scriptures, by periodically assembling around you in London its principal supporters in the
1 “ The Covenants Distinguished: a Sermon on the Restoration of the Jews, preached by the Rev. H. M ́Neile, D.D., in the Parish Church of St. George, Bloomsbury, on Thursday, the 22nd of November, 1849, and published by request. J. Hatchard and Son, London."
Church of England, and by the Lectures, which are annually preached in your pulpit by various Restorationist clergymen: that it would never be out of place to address to you any remarks on a subject in which you evidently take a deep interest; and on which, therefore, as a lover of truth, you must naturally be anxious to learn the sentiments of those Christian persons, who, after carefully examining the sacred records of prophecy, have arrived at conclusions opposite to your own, in order that you may be either corrected or confirmed.
But I have a more special reason for writing to you the following pages.
About two months since, I thought it my duty to deliver, at a meeting of the Society for the Promotion of Christianity amongst the Jews, a speech?, in which I attempted to prove, both from the Old Testament and the New, that the Jewish notion of a future National Restoration, as an accomplishment of prophecy, is repugnant to the Word of God. This speech was, of course, by necessity controversial: but controversy was not its object. It was spoken, because, in common with other warm advocates of Jewish conversion, I thought it only right and fair, that the members of a Society which professes to desire nothing more than the con
2 « The National Restoration of the Jews to Palestine repugnant to the Word of God: a Speech delivered in the Lecture Hall of the Collegiate Institution in Liverpool, at the Anniversary Meeting of the Auxiliary Society for Promoting Christianity amongst the Jews, Oct. 21, 1849, the Lord Bishop of Chester in the Chair. By William Withers Ewbank, M.A. Published by request. F. and J. Rivington, London."