An Ecclesiastical History of Great Britain, Vol. 5 of 9
Excerpt from An Ecclesiastical History of Great Britain, Vol. 5 of 9: Chiefly of England, From the First Planting of Christianity, to the End of the Reign of King Charles the Second; With a Brief Account of the Affairs of Religion in Ireland Mr. Barham, the Editor of collier's ecclesiastical history, begs leave to announce his intention of writing, by way of continuation, The Ecclesiastical History of the British Empire, from the reign of Charles the Second to the present times. If the design meet with encouragement, this work will consist of nine octavo volumes, to be published quarterly, at the rate of 103. 6d. Per volume. Those who feel inclined to patronize and subscribe for this work, will be good enough to communicate their names to Mr. Straker, 443, West Strand, London; or to any Bookseller in town or country. It is desirable to premise that this publication will be conducted on a prin ciple of catholicity, it being the Editor's wish to promote religious charity, and mitigate, as much as possible, the hostilities of sects and parties. It will, however, be composed not so much of original matter as selections from the several authors who have already illustrated the subject. By thus bringing 0 a common point of union the ecclesiastical fragments of distinguished writers, and allowing them to speak for themselves, the work will combine a certain authority and variety, not easily attainable by other methods. The Editor is convinced that such a publication is a decided desideratum in sacred literature, for at present there exists no independent history of the British Church of recent times. This defect has been eloquently animadverted on by Mr. Dowling, in his excellent Introduction to the Study of Ecclesiastical History. In the Preface of the Ecclesiastical and University Annual Register the same deficiency is thus noticed Since the period of the Revolution 1688, the affairs of our holy establishment have been treated with indifference and neglect by all our historians. In attempting to supply the perpetual demand made by the public for such a work, the Editor dares not atter himself with any idea that his publication will exhaust a subject so interesting, so labo rions, and so complicated; he will be satisfied if his volumes fulfil their own design, as popular commentaries on the ecclesiastical affairs of the nine more recent reigns. If, in this regard, they be found to combine the best informa tion scattered over the pages of Echard, Burnet, Lingard, Hansard, Rapin, Tindal, Harris, Warner, Fry, Haweis, Dodd, Butler, Hume, Smollett, Short, Lathbury, Southey, Brown, Hallam, Mackintosh, Carwithen, Grant, Wade, and various foreign writers, they will not be useless or unpleasing. And if they shall prepare the way of ecclesiastical annalists who have more time to devote to the critical investigation of such topics as are too lightly touched. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."