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ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY,

IN

A COURSE OF LECTURES,

DELIVERED

AT FOUNDERS'HA LL, LOTHBURY, LONDON.

BY

WILLIAM JONES, M.A.

AUTHOR OF

90

THE “HISTORY OF THE WALDENSES," LECTURES ON THE APOCALYPSE,"

BIBLICAL CYCLOPÆDIA,” ETC. ETC.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

LONDON:

G. WIGHTMAN, PATERNOSTER ROW;

AND

G. J. M'COMBIE, BARBICAN.

1838.

T.C. Savill, Printer, St. Martin's Lanc, Charing Cross.

ADVERTISEMENT.

The appearance of the present volume has been delayed so much beyond either my wishes or intention, that I deem it necessary to offer something in the way of explanation, lest any should suspect me of a design to break faith with the public.

The truth is, that the following Lectures were prepared and delivered nearly two years ago, and would have been then put to press, had it not been for the extraordinary and agitated state of the nation, the political occurrences of which so entirely engrossed the public mind as to preclude almost the possibility of engaging attention to subjects of a different character or complexion. But the national effervescence has now happily transpired, and given place to the consideration of topics more congenial to the object of my Lectures. A reform in the State has very naturally paved the way for an inquiry into long-established abuses and corrupt practices in the Church. The legislature has been called upon, as with a voice of thunder, by petitions from one extremity of the island to the other, to redress the practical grievances under which the dissenters have long laboured, and, in particular, to dissolve the unnatural alliance between

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