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Hammersmith Protestant Discussion ;

BEING

AN AUTHENTICATED REPORT

OF

THE CONTROVERSIAL DISCUSSION

BETWEEN THE

REV. JOHN CUMMING, D.D.

OF THE SCOTTISH NATIONAL CHURCH, CROWN COURT, COVENT GARDEN,

AND

DANIEL FRENCH, ESQ.

BARRISTER-AT-LAW,

ON THE

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PROTESTANTISM AND POPERY;

HELD AT HAMMERSMITH,

DURING THE MONTHS OF APRIL AND MAY, MDCCCXXXIX.

FROM THE SHORT-HAND NOTES OF

CHARLES MAYBURY ARCHER, ESQ.

New Edition, with a copious Inder.

TENTH THOUSAND.

LONDON:

ARTHUR HALL & CO. 25, PATERNOSTER ROW

1852.

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London, April, 1848.

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THIS Edition is given verbatim from the Reporter's notes; improvements, both in expression and in reasoning, might, I am conscious, have been introduced into my portion of the work; but such a course would have been inconsistent with my desire to retain this Volume as a strict report of the Speeches as delivered. I have been deterred from altering Mr. French's portion by the fear of criticism, and the probable imputation of an unworthy motive. It should be remembered, that the Speeches were strictly extemporaneous.

I have read the sheets as they passed through the press, and can therefore attest the faithfulness and accuracy of this reprint,

JOHN CUMMING, D.D.

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THIS celebrated Discussion has excited the greatest interest both among Roman Catholics and Protestants-one proof of which is the rapid sale of upwards of 2,000 copies, though published at 14s. each, and the constant demand for a New Edition.

There were selected for discussion five great subjects; there were two Chairmen at each Meeting, GEO. FINCH, Esq. M.P on the Protestant side, and C. WELD, Esq., and subsequently J. KENDALL, Esq., on the Roman Catholic side. The audiences -half Protestant and half Roman Catholic-were admitted by tickets. The Discussion Iasted eleven nights. The speeches. were taken down verbatim by an able reporter, and are presented in this edition precisely as delivered. It is universally allowed to be the most masterly discussion of the whole subject in modern times. Mr. FRENCH displayed greater learning and acuteness than any controversialist on the same side, for a century and upwards; but nothing can be more powerful and complete than the replies of his Reverend opponent

whose perfect command of himself and his language con trasted most favourably with Mr. FRENCH, who occasionally displayed a lamentable want of temper.

The Publishers express the opinion of the most competent judges, when they state that this book ought to be in the hands of every Protestant in Britain, more particularly of Clergymen, Ministers, and Teachers: a more thorough acquaintance with the great Controversy may be acquired from this volume than from any other source.

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