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With Dr. Southey and all my other adversaries, I trust I have broken a fair and honourable lance; and that I have shown to all, that respect, which one Christian gentleman should always show to another.
No person ever engaged in a conflict of words, with greater reluctance than myself.--Domum revertor mimus, could not have been said by Liberius, with greater regret, when he returned from the scenic boards, upon which he had been forced by Julius Cæsar, than Domum revertor Toneriros, has been said by me, while I have paced my steps from Lincoln's-Inn to my home ; and reflected that I was there to give the bits and scraps of time I had stolen from my professional duties, not to the "sisters of the sacred well,” but to the most unpleasing of all employments, theological controversy. For these feelings, all who know me will, I am most sure, give me credit. I have the honour to be,
With the greatest respect,
8th Sept. 1826.
THE REV. GEORGE TOWNSEND,
“ His Accusations of History against the
Church of Rome."
TOUR.“ Accusations of History against the
Church of Rome,” in a series of Letters addressed to me, are highly injurious to the Roman Catholic religion. As my “ Book of the Roman “ Catholic Church,” occasioned your publication, I feel myself called upon to answer it.
In every part of it You call us“ Romanists.” When this word is used to denote our religious communion with the see of Rome, we do not object to it: when it is used to impute to us any political or civil adherence or subserviency to that