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triarchs; Ayliffe's Parergon, p. 90–95, 24th Hen. VIII., c. 12; 25th Hen. VIII., c. 19; 25th Hen. VIII., c. 20.
It is also respectfully submitted that this Bill is likely to be very injurious to the peace of the Church, not only by engendering strifes, but by affording no adequate, but rather an entirely unprecedented , ecclesiastical determination of them. It appears like a slur upon a recent decision, when the Bishop of London did not agree with the Archbishops ; so that if this Bill had been in operation, as an act of parliament, prior to that decision, there would most probably have been a formal schism among some of the bishops against the archbishops, and a decision, if it could be so called, contrary to all ecclesiastical discipline.
It is further suggested, that the strongest objections to this Bill on the part of the laity of all classes, churchmen and dissenters, may reasonably be expected, as it will be found in practice, difficult to fix any exact limit regarding what may, or what may not, be deemed Religious Doctrine, or what causes involving such doctrine may, or may not, be carried into the Ecclesiastical Courts.
Causes relating to charitable trusts ; religious
foundations ; National as well as British and Foreign school trust-deeds ; religious endowments; college statutes: cases affecting dissenters, such as Lady Hewley's Charity; and various other matters, may thus come to be decisively determined on appeal by the bishops, notwithstanding the Acts of Supremacy, and the provision for their remaining in full force by the Bill of Rights, in order to secure the liberties of her Majesty's subjects, within the bounds of law, upon Protestant priuciples, against the encroachments of ecclesiastical domination.
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May 22nd, 1850.