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EDITORIAL NOTE.

Dr. Smyth's Complete Works comprised in these volumes are published under written instructions left by him. The cost of publication is paid by a fund which he provided.

The Editor's work has been confined mainly to proof reading and to occasional recensions of the printed text. The works are re-issued not for the general book-market, but for donation to public libraries.

J. WM. FLINN.

THE

PRELATICAL DOCTRINE

OF

APOSTOLICAL SUCCESSION EXAMINED,

AND THE

PROTESTANT MINISTRY DEFENDED

AGAINST THE

ASSUMPTIONS OF POPERY AND HIGH-

CHURCHISM,

IN A SERIES OF LECTURES.

BY THOMAS SMYTH,

PASTOR OF THE SECOND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH,

CHARLESTON, S. C.

CAN ANY REASONABLE RULE OF CONSTRUCTION MAKE THIS (1. E. THE EPISCOPAL SUCCESSION) AMOUNT TO MORE THAN ANCIENT AND APOSTOLICAL PRACTICE?

THAT THE APOSTLES ADOPTED ANY PARTICULAR FORM, AFFORDS A PRESUMPTION

OF ITS BEING THE BEST, ALL CIRCUMSTANCES OF THAT TIME CONSIDERED ; BUT

TO MAKE IT UNALTERABLY BINDING, IT MUST BE SHOWN ENJOINED IN POSITIVE

PRECEPT.

[BISHOP WHITE IN 'THE CASE OF THE EPISCOPAL CHURCHES.'

I AM,—SAYS THE REVEREND THOMAS Scott,-AN EPISCOPALIAN, BUT NOT A

PRELATIST.

THE R. L. BRYAN COMPANY

COLUMBIA, 8.0.

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