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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 resolution, now communicated to your lordship, are intirely my own.
After the most serious and dispaffionate inquiry, I am persuaded, my lord, from the concurrent testimony of reason and revelation, that the supreme cause of all things, is, not merely in essence, but also in person,
By the force of the same 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 persons, to each of which every species of religious adoration is addressed, as well as such powers ascribed, as are the incommunicable attributes of God.
Under my persuasion of the erroneousness of this doctrine, I cannot any longer, with satisfaction to myself, officiate in the established service : and, as I certainly can have no claim to the emoluments of my
profellion profession, unless I am willing to perform the duties of it, I, therefore, resign 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 profession of a christian. On the contrary, penetrated by the clearest convictions of the high importance, and divine authority of the gospel, I will labour to promote the advancement of scriptural 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 subscription to human formularies, which I esteem one of the moft powerful obstructions to its progress.
I remain, &c.
" A LETTER TO THE REV. MR. JEBB,
WITH RELATION TO HIS DECLARED
FIRST PUBLISHED MDCCLXXIX.
AS A POSTSCRIPT TO MR. LINDSEY'S
“TWO DISSERTATIONS, ON THE PREFACE TO SAINT JOHN'S GOSPEL;
AND PRAYING TO JESUS CHRIST."
TO THE AUTHOR OF “ A LETTER,” Sci
SIR, In the first page of your preface, you take notice, that having been accustomed to consider religious addresses unto Christ, as founded on the new Testament, you esteemed 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 assertion;" and proceed to observe, that “ I had referred my readers to Mr. Lindsey's book, as containing unanswerable reasoning on this subject.” In your
table of contents you assert, that “ Dr. Jebb expressly condemns all religious addresses to Jesus Christ, and refers his readers to Mr. Lindsey's Apology, for the proof thereof." In
the second of your letter, after quoting the following words from my pamphlet: viz. “ I am convinced that the addresses, of christians, may, with the same