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RELATING TO THE
DECLARATION ON KNEELING,
APPENDED TO THE
Commanion Office of the English Bank of Common Prayer:
EXAMINATION OF STATEMENTS IN A WORK & SUPPLEMENT ON THE EUCHARIST,
BY THE VERY REV. W. GOODE, D.D., DEAN OF RIPON.
REV. THOMAS WALTER PERRY,
AND NEW BOND STREET.
OXFORD: J. H. & J. PARKER; CAMBRIDGE: DEIGHTON, BELL, & Co.;
EDINBURGH: GRANT & SON.
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
ments and arguments are herein contested, to explain that, a portion
The Reader will see that the Letter when first issued was signed
The Author's thanks are especially due, and are hereby tendered, to
Feast of the Ascension, 1863.
ADDENDA AND CORRIGENDA.