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« Service of the Church for that Day appointed " is read, and before the whole is finished,) read “ the thirty-nine Articles of Religion, in the Pa- rish Church, &c. into which he shall be Induct" ed, and declare his unfeigned Assent and Consent ©s to all that is therein contain’d; and he must like56 wise, within two Months actual Possession of " fuch Benefice, &c. (which is intended within " two Months of Induction, or Installation, &c.) “ read the Book of Common Prayer (that is, the $« whole Service of the Church appointed for that
Day, as it is there appointed,) and likewise de« clare his Affent and Consent to all the Matters " and Things therein contained, in these Words, “ I A. B. do declare my unfeigned Affent and ! Consent to all and every Thing contained and
prescribed, &c. by the Book intituled, The Book “ of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sa“ craments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the
Church, according to the Use of the Church of England; together with the Pfalter or Pfalms of David, pointed as they are to be sung or faid in
Churches, and the Form or Manner of Making, “ Ordaining, and Consecrating of Bishops, Priests, " and Deacons.
" And if any Parson, Vicar, &c. fail in the “ doing of any of these Things beforementioned,
or any of those be neglected, the Church be, comes void; and the Clerk that makes fuch Fais
lure, in case he shall sue for his Tythes, or any, 56 other Church Duty, or other Thing belonging ss to the Church; if the Defendant insist upon it,
must prove the doing of all these Things " And it is to be observed, that the Parsons, Vicars us &c. must, upon the Acceptance of every new Li« ving or Ecclesiastical Perferment, within this “ Law, repeat all these Things; for the Perfor« mance of all these Things, upon the taking of “ one Living, will not satisfy for any other.
" I shall give my Reverend Clergymen there6c fore this Caution, if any of them have accepted
any Ecclefiaftical Preferments, and have negli“ gently omitted any of these Things, and that
thereby they may be lapsed to the King, that s they obtain Presentations from the King ad coro“ borandum, and that thereupon they perfect all “ their former Neglects.
" And for the Future I advise them, that they e first have some credible Witnesses present, when " they make their Subscription before the Bishop 56 and that they attest the Bishops Certificate; and " that they get two Books of Articles, and that
when they Read the thirty-nine Articles, they give sc one of thofe Books of Articles to some credible " Parishioners, to read with them, and then attest “ the Book, that they were present, and heard the - Clerk read the said thirty-nine Articles, during " the Time of Common-Prayer, and declared his
unfeigned Affent and Consent to all the Matters 66 and Things therein contained, by subscribing their " Names thereunto; and that the Clergyman keep
safely the faid Book of Articles, with this Atu testation. And I advise that when he reads the " Book of Common-Prayer, which must (as above
“ is said) be read Morning and Evening, in all “ Things which are prescrib’d therein within two “ Months after Induction, that he likewise make “ some intelligent Parishioners to read with him, “ and give him a Copy of the Declaration afore
said, and at the Foot of it take an Attestation “ under their Hands of his reading the same Book “ of Common-Prayer and Declaration. Which
may be done in this Form.
“ First in a fair and legible Hand, write the De" claration aforesaid. Then write under to this “ Effect. Memorandum, That upon Sunday the " Day of
in the Year of our Lord A. B. Parson of D
in the County of D, read " Common-Prayers in the Parish Church of
aforesaid, both in the Forenoon and - Afternoon of the same Day; according to the “ Form and Order prescribʼd and directed by the “ Book, Intitled &c. And immediately after the rea
ding the same, made a Declaration of his unfeign" ed Aflent and Consent, to all the Matters and “ Things therein contained, in the former Words « above Written. And then let the Witnefles “ hereunto subscribe the same Certificate: Which " the Clerk is to keep carefully with his Institu- tion, Induction, and Certificate, with the Book “ of Articles, attested as is above directed, and in " these Things I advise all Clergymen to be very 66 tender and careful."
Now the Reader may Note here, that the New Testament, with the Apoftolick Constitutions and Canons, and all the Qualifications in the Epiftles
to Timothy and Titus are intirely omitted, and the whole is put upon the Truth, and certainly of the Church of England's Settlements as then by Law Established; without regard to any other Rule whatsoever. To be sure Sir Richard Steel hit the Mark, when he thus distinguished the two Principal Churches in Christendom, the Church of Rome and the Church of England ; that the former pretended to be Infallible ; and the latter to be always in the Right,
N. B. The Reader must give me leave to tell him here another Fact, which will hardly come in better
where else, but still relates fo directly to myself, that it ought not to be omited in these Memoirs of my own Life: It is this:
Soon after the Acceffion of the House of Hanover to the Throne, Sir Joseph Jekyl, that most excellent and upright Master of the Rolls, and sincere Chriftian; Dr. Clark's and my very good Friend ; had such an Opinion of us two, that we might be proper Persons to be made Bishops, in order to our endeavouring to amend what was amiss in the Church ; and had a mind to feel my Pulse, how I would relish such a Proposal, if it ever should be made me : My Answer was direct and sudden; that I would not Sign the xxxix Articles to be Archbishop of Canterbury: To which Sir Foseph reply'd, that Bishops are not obliged to sign those Articles, I said I never knew so much before. But still I added, If I were a Bishop I must oblige others to sign them ; which would go forely against
the Grain with me. However I added further, that fupposing I should get over that Scruple, and esteem this Act only as Ministerial; which would by no 'means imply my own Approbation, yet when I were a Bishop, I should certainly endeavour to govern my Diocese by the Christian Rules, in the Apostolical Constitutions, and in St. Peul's Epistles to Timothy and Titus : Which as they would frequently contradict the Laws of the Land, would certainly expole me to a Præmunire, to the Fortuiture of all my Goods to theCrown, and to Imprisonment as long as the King pleased. And this, concluded I, would be the End of Bifrop Whiston. So I thought no more of it. I might have added also, what would for ever exclude me from a Bihoprick in the present State of the Church, the 31st Canon of the Apostles. If any Bishop makes use of the Rulers of this World, and by their Means obtains to be a Bishop of a Church, let bim be deprived and suspended, and all that Communicate with him. See my Christian Discipline, page 56.
I conclude this Matter with that very pertinent and emphatical Reply, which a Fellow of Emmanuel College in Cambridge made to a Friend of his of the same College, when at the Restoration; wherein by Mr Baxter's Account 1800 Clergymen ( a prodigious Number this ] were deprived for Nonconformity, he had been reprefenting the great Difficulties of Conformity in point of Conscience; concluding however with these Words: But we mult live. . To which the other answered only, with the like Number of Words, Bui we must die. Than which a better Answer could not poslibly be give.