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History of the protestant Reformation by William Cobbett

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THE HISTORY OF THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION IN ENGLAND AND IRELAND

SHOWING HOW THAT EVENT HAS IMPOVERISHED THE MAIN BODY OF THE PEOPLE

IN THOSE COUNTRIES

IN A SERIES OF LETTERS ADDRESSED TO ALL SENSIBLE AND JUST ENGLISHMEN

By

WILLIAM COBBETT

LETTER I.

INTRODUCTION.

Kensington, 29th November, 1824

MY FRIENDS,

1. WE have recently seen a rescript from the King to the Bishops,

the object of which was, to cause them to call upon their Clergy to

cause collections of money to be made in the several parishes

throughout England, for the purpose of promoting what is called the

"religious education" of the people. The Bishops, in conveying their

instructions, on this subject, to their Clergy, direct them to send

the money thus collected to a Mr. JOSHUA WATSON, in London, who, it

seems, is the Treasurer of this religious education concern, and who

is, or lately was, a wine and spirit dealer, in Mincing-lane,

Fenchurch-street. This same Mr. WATSON is also the head man of a

society, called the "Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge." The

present Bishop of Winchester, in his first charge to the Clergy of

his diocese, says, that this society is the "correct expounder of

evangelical truth, and firm supporter of the established Church;" and

he accordingly strongly recommends that the publications put forth by

this society be put into the hands of the scholars of those schools,

to promote which, the above-mentioned collections were made by royal

authority.

2. We shall, further on, have an opportunity of asking what sort of

a Clergy this must be, who, while they swallow, in England and

Ireland, about eight millions a year, call upon their parishioners

for money to be sent to a wine and spirit merchant, that he may cause

the children of the country to have a "religious education." But not

to stop, at present, for this purpose, pray observe, my friends, that

this society for "promoting Christian knowledge" is continually

putting forth publications, the object of which is to make the people

of England believe that the Catholic religion is "idolatrous and

damnable;" and that, of course, the one-third part of the whole of

our fellow subjects are idolaters, and are destined to eternal

perdition, and that they, of course, ought not to enjoy the same

rights that we Protestants enjoy. These calumniators know well, that

this same Catholic religion was, for nine hundred years, the only

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