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LETTERS TO A FRIEND,

ON THE

State of Ireland,

THE

ROMAN CATHOLIC QUESTION,

AND THE MERITS OF

CONSTITUTIONAL RELIGIOUS DISTINCTIONS.

By E. A. KENDALL, Esq. F. S. A.

Il y a certains maux dans la république qui y sont soufferts (parce-
qu'ils préviennent ou empêchent de plus grands maux.

LABRUYERE.

PART THE SECOND.

LONDON:

JAMES CARPENTER AND SON, OLD BOND STREET;

AND

G. B. WHITTAKER, AVE-MARIA LANE.

1826.

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LETTER XVI.

The Whig Lord Molesworth held the “ Church to be a part of the State,” and was an advocate, in the reign of Queen Anne, for “ religious distinctions on account of religious opinions,” that is, of religious opinions affecting human actions; and would allow of no “ pretence of religion or conscience,” or of divine institution, to justify a breach of human laws, in relation to the things spiritual of society; he thought bigotry the occasion of most of the great mischiefs which afflicted mankind; and, accusing the Roman Catholics and others of that bigotry, or, by another word, of that spirit of licentiousness, that spirit of insubordination to human law, and of enmity to liberty, he was for "6

using severities or distinctions' against them all; which “ severities or distinctions,” he wished to be relaxed, when it could be done with “safety or advantage” (it

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