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TO A PROTESTANT GENTLEMAN

UPON THE SUBJECT OF

[From the Dublin Weekly Register of April 19th, 1828.]

"The English Catholics, too, were assuming their proper station
-they held their meetings in public-they challenged inquiry, and
defied controversy. He had received a pamphlet that day upon 'Ab-
solution and Indulgence;' in it he recognized the style of Howard of
Corby, and a more powerful production he had not read, and if the
time admitted it, he would wish to place a copy of the work in the
hand of every Member of Parliament. It would be impossible for
any man, after reading it, to retain a prejudice against Catholics on
account of either.”—Mr O'Connell's Speech at the Catholic Meeting,
held at Dublin, on Wednesday the 16th of April.

BY A CATHOLIC LAYMAN.

Newcastle upon Tyne:

PRINTED AT THE MERCURY PRESS, BY W. A. MITCHELL,
ST. NICHOLAS' CHURCHYARD.

28.996.

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IT was at first the intention of the writer of the following pages to have confined himself to a short manuscript reply to the charges contained in the subjoined letter from a friend; but these being of so very popular a nature, and obtaining such general credence with those who are ignorant of the doctrine and discipline of the catholic church, he determined upon printing it.

In doing so, he was actuated by no other feeling than a desire to treat the various points in question at such length as their gravity and importance demanded, and to place in as clear and perspicuous a view as he could the real doctrine of the catholic church upon them. It did not escape him that in the comparisons he is constrained to draw, for the better elucidation of the subject, between the catholic and protestant churches, he might possibly give offence; yet as his friend avows his great anxiety to have the truth laid before him in a plain and undisguised manner, he flatters himself that the way, in which this has been attempted to be done, will not be objected to. Should any expression have fallen from his pen, which may be construed into a want of charity for his neighbour, he trusts that it will not be considered as directed against the man, but against the principles which he professes, and the calumnies which he has put forth.

DEAR SIR,

According to promise, I have copied for you a few of the authorities in support of what I said yesterday evening to be part of the Roman catholic creed.

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