This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ... either Catholics or Roman Catholics. Such clauses also as 'not to educate any child a Papist' is inadmissible, for similar reasons. Again, the clause of ' not educating any Child of Protestant Parents a Protesting Catholic Dissenter' is likewise inadmissible. Lastly, we wish to be suppressed the clause 'that all uses, trusts and dispositions whether of real or personal property, which immediately before passing the Act shall have been deemed superstitious, or unlawful, shall continue to be so deemed and taken'. But if even in the original bill no such clauses be inserted, we have still very great reason to fear that such will be suggested when the bill comes to be debated in the two Houses, and probably will pass, as many of the members are ignorant of the real tenets of our religion, and likewise by reason of their prejudices, our enemies. Such new statutes would be more grievous to us than all the old cruel laws which no one in these days chuses to hear mentioned. 1 This letter was afterwards printed in the Third Blue Book, p. 43. VOL. I. 12 "Thirdly, to form a new Oath would be a vain attempt. For in the first place, our people, having taken the Oath of 1778 are averse to take another, and cry out against having a second forced upon them. Then it would be in all appearance impossible to frame such an Oath as would satisfy all parties, such an Oath as our Catholics would take, and at the same time such as would satisfy the Ministers &c. "Lastly, as any bill which may be offered to Parliament for our relief relates to the whole body of the Catholics, their previous consent ought to be had, not only a very few, but the general part, both of our Clergy and Laity, ought to be previously consulted. If this be not done, the...
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