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DISTRICT OF MARYLAND--To wit: BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the fourth day of June, in the forty-sixth year &&&**** of the Independence of the United States of America, E. J. Coalo L. s. and Louden L. Townsend, of the said district, hath deposited in

* this office, the title of a Book, the right whereof they claim as ****** proprietors, in the words following, to wit:

“The Episcopal Manual, being intended as a summary explanation of the doctrine, discipline and worship of the Protestant Episcopal Church, as taught in her public formularies, and the writings of her approved divines. To which are added, observations on family and public devotion, and directions for a devout and decent attendance on public worship, with prayers suitable to several occasions: the whole being designed to illustrate and enforce Evangelical Piety.-By the Rev. William H Wilmer, D. D. Rector of St. Paul's Church, Alexandria, D. C.--"Stand ye in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest to your souls."-Jeremial vi. 16.--"They have well said all that they have spoken, O that thcre were such an heart in them.”-Deut. v. 28, 29.”

In conformity to an act of the Congress of the United States, entitled "An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned.” And also to ihe act, entitled 'An act supplementary to an act, entitled 'An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books to the authors and proprietors of such comics, duringthe times therein mentioned,' and extending the beneflts thereof to the arts of designing, engraving,, and etching historical and other prints."

PHILIP MOORE, Clerk of the District of Maryland.

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in the public worship of God

APPENDIX No. I. On the origin and attributes of the Pope 219

No. 2. Containing a list of the succession of 2

223

American Bishops

No. 3. Statement of the doctrine of the Trinity

as held by the Church, with some 228

scriptural proofs in support of it

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PREFACE AND INTRODUCTION.

IF any apology be necessary for this undertaking, it may be found in the fact, that there is no work, on a similar plan, extant. It is not less matter of obvious truth, than of serious regret, that there exists, among the members of the Episcopal Church, a great want of information respecting their own peculiar principles. The following work, therefore, which aims to point out her excellencies, to illustrate her evangelical character, and to infuse into the hearts of her children, a portion of that healthful spirit which pervades all her services, it is hoped, will not prove altogether unacceptable or useless. The author is perfectly conscious of his ina. bility to do justice to subjects so various and momentous, and especially, in so short a summary as his limits have prescribed. All that he can hope to accomplish is, that some who have not considered the subject, may be induced to bestow upon it an attention, in some degree proportioned to its importance, and that, in all, a desire of making farther research into those venerable documents from which he has drawn, may be cherished and increased. Wherever he could do so, he has adopted the language of the church and her approved writers. In so doing, though he has given to his work, only the merit of a compilation, and of an attempt to bring into a smaller focus, the irradiations of piety and genius

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with which the subject is enriched, he hopes to gain a more solid advantage, in having, thereby, fortified his expositious of doctrine, behind the acknowledged bulwarks of the church.

. In the history of the church, as in that of nations, there are epochas which are esteemed worthy of being cherished with fond remembrance, and to which we refer for the test of principles; times which tried men's souls, and called forth genius and virtue from their inmost recesses. We look back, with enthusiasm, to the sages and heroes of our revolution, and consent to try, by, their standard, maxims of policy and pretensions of patriotism.And, aided by the same power of association, we contemplate the period of the reformation, the grand jubilee of emancipation to mankind, with veneration for those, who nobly dared to attack the mighty colossus which had so long bestrid and enslaved the world. The heroes in this cause were illustrious men, “They counted not their lives dear unto them,” but like Sampson, upheaved the massy pillars, content to fall, themselves, beneath the ruins, that the world ght be free. It moved them not, though the torch, with which they were to illuminate mankind, was to light up their own funeral pile: but having vindicated by their writings, and illustrated by their lives, the cause of evangelical truth, they joyfully sealed their last testimony for it at the stake. Then it was, that exalted talents and a fervid piety, refined in the crucible, exhibited their greatest strength and their purest lustre.

Whether it be our object to estimate the real standard of orthodoxy, as then believed and taught, or to strengthen our own faith, hope and love, by the contemplation of the holy perseverance and fortitude with which these martyrs and confessors bore testimony to

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