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HISTORICAL CONSIDERATIONS

RELATING TO THE

DECLARATION ON KNEELING,

APPENDED TO THE

Commanion Office of the English Bank of Common Prayer:

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EXAMINATION OF STATEMENTS IN A WORK & SUPPLEMENT ON THE EUCHARIST,

BY THE VERY REV. W. GOODE, D.D., DEAN OF RIPON.

BY THE

REV. THOMAS WALTER PERRY,
ASSISTANT CURATE OF S. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS, BRIGHTON.

LONDON:
JOSEPH MASTERS, ALDERSGATE STREET.

AND NEW BOND STREET.

OXFORD: J. H. & J. PARKER; CAMBRIDGE: DEIGHTON, BELL, & Co.;

EDINBURGH: GRANT & SON.

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LONDON:

PRINTED BY W. J. PERRY,

WARWICK LANE, CITY.

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ADVERTISEMENT.

The origin of the following LETTER and of the Postscript whereby it has expanded into this VOLUME is sufficiently stated, at pp. 1, 2, and 76, to render needless any further explanation here, as to the reason for preparing and now publishing these “ Historical Considerations,” beyond saying—that the writer was encouraged, in pursuing the investigation and in deciding to make public its results, by the reliable opinions of some who were cognizant of the Pamphlet when, five years ago, it was only privately circulated.

But it may be desirable to mention, with reference to the main line of argument therein adopted,—touching the belief of the leading English Reformers, on the Eucharistic Presence, having been unchanged subsequent to 1549—That, though perhaps somewhat novel, it is very important to be established, provided an appeal to Evidence strictly warrants such a conclusion. That there is prima facie ground for contending the point, may be most reasonably inferred from the consideration of a Doctrinal identity really subsisting, and here shewn, between the First and the Second Liturgies of K. Edward VI., notwithstanding that the case is commonly believed to be, and apparently is, otherwise: it strengthened the writer's convictions on this point to find that Mr. Freeman's independent examination of these two Eucharistic Services, (Principles of Divine Service. Vol. i.) led him to a similar opinion concerning them.

Further, it is of very material consequence to point out, that-in order to determine accurately the precise opinions, regarding Eucharistic Presence, held by those who are cited as witnesses in these pages-- it is essential to bear in mind constantly the exact sense in which the words are used which are printed throughout in a prominent Egyptian type.

A few additions have been made to the original Letter, these are distinguished by being inserted within square brackets.

Some inconvenience may probably attend the, unavoidable, absence

of a systematic arrangement of the Postscript wbich forms the bulk

of the Volume; but this is, perhaps, in part remedied by a copious

Table of Contents.

It is only respectful to the Dean of Ripon, some of whose state-

ments and arguments are herein contested, to explain that, a portion
of the remarks having been printed before he was elevated to his
present Dignity, it was thought he would be best identified by con-
tinuing to call him “ Mr. Goode.”

The Reader will see that the Letter when first issued was signed
“Presbyter Anglicanus"; this anonymous subscription was adopted
no less from the writer's own wish, than in deference to the counsel
of others. In subsequently determining to own its Authorship he
was influenced, chiefly, by the knowledge that the Letter had been
attributed to one whom it would be a serious injustice to hold re-
sponsible for any errors of fact or argument it may contain.

The Author's thanks are especially due, and are hereby tendered, to
the Hon. G. F. Boyle, of Cumbrae, for much pains most kindly

bestowed in attentively perusing and obligingly criticizing, at different

stages of its progress, the Volume which is now presented to the

candid judgment of those who may be induced to give it a patient

perusal.

T. W. P.

Feast of the Ascension, 1863.

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