The policy of the Roman catholic question discussed, in a letter

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Page 24 - That excessive bail ought not to be required, nor excessive fines imposed; nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Page 24 - That the subjects which are Protestants may have arms for their defence suitable to their conditions and as allowed by law. That election of members of parliament ought to be free. That the freedom of speech and debates or proceedings in parliament ought not to be impeached or questioned in any court or place out of parliament.
Page 11 - , the foundation of all the subsequent statutes of praemunire, which we rank as an offence immediately against the king, because every encouragement of the papal power is a diminution of the authority of the crown.
Page 15 - I cannot conceive how any thing worse can be said of the Protestant religion of the church of England than this, that wherever it is judged proper to give it a legal establishment, it becomes necessary to deprive the body of the people, if they adhere to their old opinions, of " their liberties and of all their free " custom^," and to reduce them to a state of civil servitude.
Page 41 - Bellarmine, or even of Bossuet, on the divine right of kings ; they know much more of the principles of the Constitution than they do of passive obedience. If a rebellion were raging from Carrickfergus to Cape Clear, no sentence of excommunication would ever be fulminated by a Catholic prelate...
Page 41 - I presume, obedience to acts of parliament, and a resistance to those who are constitutionally proclaimed to be the enemies of the country. I have seen and heard of no instance for this century and a half last past, where the spiritual sovereign has presumed to meddle with the affairs of the temporal sovereign.
Page 41 - ... were drawn up, and the negotiations for foreign assistance arranged. In a memoir presented to the French minister at Hamburgh, in June, 1797, by a convention of the United Irishmen...
Page 11 - He would not suffer his bishops to attend a general council till they had sworn not to receive the papal benediction. He made light of all papal bulls and processes; attacking Scotland in defiance of one, and seizing the temporalities of his clergy, who, under pretence of another, refused to pay a tax imposed by parliament. He strengthened the statutes of mortmain, thereby closing the great gulf in which all the lauds of the kingdom were in danger of being swallowed.
Page 43 - Is it any wonder, after reading such a spirit of tyranny as is here exhibited, that the tendencies of the Catholic religion should be suspected, and that the cry of No Popery should be a rallying sign to every Protestant nation in Europe ? . . . . . . Forgive, gentle reader, and gentle elector, the trifling deception I have practised upon you. This code is not a code made by French Catholics against French Protestants, but by English and Irish Protestants against English and Irish Catholics; I have...
Page 14 - So that there was a necessity to unrivet these usurpations by substituting, by authority of parliament, a recognition by oath of the king's supremacy, as well in causes ecclesiastical as civil.

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