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Occasional Papers Selected from the Guardian, the Times, and the Saturday Review, 1846-1890   By: (1815-1890)

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OCCASIONAL PAPERS

SELECTED FROM THE GUARDIAN, THE TIMES, AND THE SATURDAY REVIEW 1846 1890

By the late R.W. CHURCH, M.A., D.C.L. Sometime Rector of Whatley, Dean of St. Paul's, Honorary Fellow of Oriel College

In Two Vols. VOL. II

London Macmillan and Co., Limited New York: The Macmillan Company

1897

First Edition February 1897 Reprinted April 1897

CONTENTS

I MR. GLADSTONE ON THE ROYAL SUPREMACY

II JOYCE ON COURTS OF SPIRITUAL APPEAL

III PRIVY COUNCIL JUDGMENTS

IV SIR JOHN COLERIDGE ON THE PURCHAS CASE

V MR. GLADSTONE'S LETTER ON THE ENGLISH CHURCH

VI DISENDOWMENT

VII THE NEW COURT

VIII MOZLEY'S BAMPTON LECTURES

IX ECCE HOMO

X THE AUTHOR OF "ROBERT ELSMERE" ON A NEW REFORMATION

XI RENAN'S "VIE DE JÉSUS"

XII RENAN'S "LES APÔTRES"

XIII RENAN'S HIBBERT LECTURES

XIV RENAN'S "SOUVENIRS D'ENFANCE"

XV LIFE OF FREDERICK ROBERTSON

XVI LIFE OF BARON BUNSEN

XVII COLERIDGE'S MEMOIR OF KEBLE

XVIII MAURICE'S THEOLOGICAL ESSAYS

XIX FREDERICK DENISON MAURICE

XX SIR RICHARD CHURCH

XXI DEATH OF BISHOP WILBERFORCE

XXII RETIREMENT OF THE PROVOST OF ORIEL

XXIII MARK PATTISON

XXIV PATTISON'S ESSAYS

XXV BISHOP FRAZER

XXVI NEWMAN'S "APOLOGIA"

XXVII DR. NEWMAN ON THE "EIRENICON"

XXVIII NEWMAN'S PAROCHIAL SERMONS

XXIX CARDINAL NEWMAN

XXX CARDINAL NEWMAN'S COURSE

XXXI CARDINAL NEWMAN'S NATURALNESS

XXXII LORD BLACHFORD

I

MR. GLADSTONE ON THE ROYAL SUPREMACY[1]

[1] Remarks on the Royal Supremacy, as it is Defined by Reason, History, and the Constitution . A Letter to the Lord Bishop of London, by the Right Hon. W.E. Gladstone, M.P. for the University of Oxford. Guardian , 10th July 1850.

Mr. Gladstone has not disappointed the confidence of those who have believed of him that when great occasions presented themselves, of interest to the Church, he would not be found wanting. A statesman has a right to reserve himself and bide his time, and in doubtful circumstances may fairly ask us to trust his discretion as to when is his time. But there are critical seasons about whose seriousness there can be no doubt. One of these is now passing over the English Church. And Mr. Gladstone has recognised it, and borne himself in it with a manliness, earnestness, and temper which justify those who have never despaired of his doing worthy service to the Church, with whose cause he so early identified himself.

The pamphlet before us, to which he has put his name, is the most important, perhaps, of all that have been elicited by the deep interest felt in the matter on which it treats. Besides its importance as the expression of the opinion, and, it must be added, the anxieties of a leading statesman, it has two intrinsic advantages. It undertakes to deal closely and strictly with those facts in the case mainly belonging to the period of the Reformation, on which the great stress has been laid in the arguments both against our liberty and our very being as a Church. And, further, it gives us on these facts, and, in connection with them, on the events of the crisis itself, the judgment and the anticipations of a mind at once deeply imbued with religious philosophy, and also familiar with the consideration of constitutional questions, and accustomed to view them in their practical entanglements as well as in their abstract and ideal forms. It is, indeed, thus only that the magnitude and the true extent of the relations of the present contest can be appreciated. The intrinsic greatness, indeed, of religious interests cannot receive addition of dignity here. But the manner of treating them may. And Mr. Gladstone has done what was both due to the question at issue, and in the highest degree important for its serious consideration and full elucidation, in raising it from a discussion of abstract principles to what it is no less a real problem of English constitutional law.

The following passage will show briefly the ground over which the discussion travels:

The questions, then, that I seek to examine will be as follow:

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