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church of England, bear no relation to the cause of the petitioning clergy; the reasons which influenced me in the forming of the refolution, now communicated to your lordship, are intirely my own.

After the most serious and difpaffionate inquiry, I am perfuaded, my lord, from the concurrent teftimony of reafon and revelation, that the fupreme caufe of all things, is, not merely in effence, but also in perfon,

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By the force of the fame evidence I am convinced, that this almighty power is the only proper object of religion.

The liturgy of the church of England is obviously founded upon the idea, that in the divine nature is a trinity of perfons, to each of which every fpecies of religious adoration is addreffed, as well as fuch powers afcribed, as are the incommunicable attributes of God.

Under my perfuafion of the erroneoufnefs of this doctrine, I cannot any longer, with fatisfaction to myfelf, officiate in the established service: and, as I certainly can have no claim to the emoluments of my profeffion

profeffion, unless I am willing to perform the duties of it, I, therefore, refign my preferment.

But, my lord, although I find myself under an obligation to relinquish my present station in the church of England, I do not renounce the profeffion of a christian. On the contrary, penetrated by the cleareft convictions of the high importance, and divine authority of the gospel, I will labour to promote the advancement of fcriptural knowledge with increasing zeal; and will ever be ready to unite, with heart and hand, in any just and legal attempt to remove the burthen of fubfcription to human formularies, which I esteem one of the most powerful obstructions to its progrefs.

I remain, &c.

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"A LETTER TO THE REV. MR. JEBB, WITH RELATION TO HIS DECLARED SENTIMENTS ABOUT THE UNLAWFULNESS OF ALL RELIGIOUS ADDRESSES TO CHRIST JESUS."

FIRST PUBLISHED MDCCLXXIX.

AS A POSTSCRIPT TO MR. LINDSEY'S POST

"TWO DISSERTATIONS, ON THE

PREFACE TO SAINT JOHN'S GOSPEL;

AND PRAYING TO JESUS CHRIST."

TO THE AUTHOR OF "A LETTER," &ci

SIR,

IN the first page of your preface, you take notice, that having been accustomed to confider religious addreffes unto Chrift, as founded on the new Testament, you efteemed it to be incumbent on you, after reading my positive denial of their lawfulness," to examine the grounds upon which I rested the vindication of that affertion;" and proceed to obferve, that "I had referred my readers to Mr. Lindfey's book, as containing unanswerable reasoning on this fubject."

In your table of contents you affert, that "Dr. Jebb exprefsly condemns all religious addreffes to Jefus Christ, and refers his readers to Mr. Lindsey's Apology, for the proof thereof." In page the second of your letter, after quoting the following words from my pamphlet: viz. "I am convinced that the addreffes, of chriftians, may, with the fame pro

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