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For the North IVales Gazette.


For the North IVales Gazette. IESU 'r Craig s'y rywiog rad, Yno dy'wn adeiliad; Jficl ar dir graian-dirdro, Yn sail faen a'i sylfaeno; Byrr i enaid hraw ari-n>eth, Pardwn pon rllar; pm-dan poeth; Pan famai DellIW po en swrn ddn, Pvv\ yw 'r dyi rall pardynu ? Gorau pardvvr g.M- ga i (1, Gwaed yr 6en i gadw 'r enaid. To the Editor of the orth IVales Gazette. CATHOLIC CLAIMS. LETTER IV. SIR-When I finished IlIJ lhird leller, I ttnantnedthatlhadbroughtmy observations oh the subject of Roman Catholic demand*, to a conclusion since then, an intelligent friend has lent me a Tract,* containing a Re. View of some recent publications, from the Bishop of St, David's pen. It appears from thence that I have in my second letter, UII. knowingly, and certainly non passibus eequi*i" trod in the same path winch his s(? abiv explored. Had I seen these writings before, I should either have shrank from ihe task with conscious inferi ority, or, (resting, as I have done, all my arguments on historical facts, and the evi dence of others) have appealed at once to a/i authority irresistibly convincing, and such as would have ret,dered all my reasonings on that topic perfectly unnecessary. Whoever compares my feeble effort with JlIS Lordship's masterly performance, will rea- dily perceive that i have only sipped light'y of the stream of historical knowledge as it passed, while it is evident that the learned and tnous Prelate has drauk deep at the very foun tain head of truth. As this interesting work probably may not, soon at least, meet every eye which peruses the North Wales Gazette I will lake the liberty to introduce the follow ing p issases, in confirmation ot what I have already advanced on the subject. His Lord- ship, after having satisfactorily proved that the supremacy of the Pope rests on a mis- interpretation of scripture," proceeds to say, p. It 14, St. Paul was not only the founder of Ihe Church of Rome, but of the Church of Britain." Of St. Paul's journey to Britain, a point of great importance in the history of the Gospel, and of the Protestant Churchy we fortunately possess as substantial evidence as any historicalfllct can require. But though Usher and Stillinglieet have collected the most unquestionable authorities for it, it seems not to have acquired, generally, that decree of historical credit to which it is entitled. It deserves therefore, on many accounts, to be brought more home to us, as a part of our national history and as such I have endea- voured to luake alllhe use of it I could, in the discourse, which 1 lately delivered to you at Carmarthen. Some of our most va- luable ecclesiastical historians have no scruple in according to tne general testimony of the fathers, that the Gospel was preached in Bri- lain hy some of the Apostles, soon after the imddie of ihe first ecu-, wry, but shrink from the â¢iai 'nalar evidences of time and person, .is which would discredit the dignity and accuracy of history. In which cauion there js more perhaps to regret than to censure.â Tbtv are unwtiling t» affect the general cha- racter of their narratives t>y the admission of particulars, however interestIng. which they think they cannot substantiate. But unfor- tunately they reject the probable, on account of tin' improbable. Afid in this rejection, it is certainly much to be rr-g relied titit they have given some advantages to the advocates of popery and infidelity to the former, by the suppression of evidences which disprove the right of supremacy in the Church of Romg; and t'. the latter, by withdrawing some strong aiid tangible proofs of the truth of Chris- tianity." l'iihlas says that Christianity was intro- duced into Britain before the defeat of the British forces under Boadicea, A. D. 61, and between ti),ii event and s )me others not long preceding it. He has just mentioned this defeat, and then adds. » in the mean ithile the sun of the Gospel first enlightened this Island, whicn displayed his bright beams to the whole worid in the latter part of the reIgn of Ti- Euselmis affirms that the Gospel was preached in Britain by some of the A Other ancient historians expressly say this of St.Paut. I have endeavoured to prove that we are indebted to St. Paul for the first preach- ing of the Gospel in Britain and founded this proof on Eusebius's and Jerome's testimony, that St. Paul was sent prisoner to Home in the second year of Nero, that is in the year 56 The family of Caraclacus, who were sent as hostages with him in theyear 5l, were still at Home; for we are informed by an ancient British record, that Caraclacus's father ac- companied his son, as an hostage, and return- ed to Britain after staying at Rome 7 years, that is, till the year 58, and brought with him tire knowledge of the christian faith. This famiiy 1 conclude, that St. Paul either accoii). panied m their return to Britain, or followtI them after he had visited Spain." The foj. lowing very extraordinary and interesting re- c cord,t II 46, proves beyond a doubt the an- tiquity and independence ofthe British church. One notable story was in the Chronicle; howe, after the Saxolls conquered, conlynelVall warre remayned bytwixt the Bryttans (then inhabilauntes of the reaime) and the Savons, the Bryttayns being Christians, and the Saxons Pagans. As occasion served th.^y somelymes treated of peace, ami then mette together, and communed together, and did eate anddrynk together, hut nfler that by ihe me anes of Jus- ten, the Saxons became Christianes in such sort, as Austen had taught them, He Bryt- New Review for Jan IS 13, p, 93. t It is noted thus, 19 martii 1565, Richard Menevens, M. J. CXIV. Art. 175, ifenit Coll. Camb. j tayns wold not after that neither eale, nor J |r\ ke with them, nor yet salute them,because j they corrupted with superstition, Naza,-es and ydolatrice the true Religion of Christe-" 1 sliall conclude with requesting attention to the following excellent passage: â The conduct of Sweden affords to the Pa. pists of this Empire (not an obsolete example but) an existing Iwoof of t he duty of conform- ity to the constitution ol their own govern- ment. The king of Sweden has adopted a Papist for his successor. But the Crown Prince was not admitted ro the high post w hidl he holds till he had abjured popery, and con- formed !o the Protest*lit Religion. Js the British constitution of less value than thecon- stilusion of Sweden? the advocates of the Popish claims musi think so when they com- plain Ihat the popish subjects of this empire, are wronged, and oppressed, and degraded be- cause they are not admitted to the highest posts, whde tbèY contimie Papists; while they not only profess a religion inimical to the Protestant Church, but acknowkdge llforeigTl Jurisdiction." I am, Sir, Your obedient servant, A PROTESTANT. March 6th, 1813.

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