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FIRST COLLECTION OF TRACTS.
For the information of the Reader, it may be expedient to premise, that the Tracts contained in this volume, owe their existence to the publication of a Charge, delivered by the Bishop of Durham, to the clergy of his diocese, in 1806. That Charge, while it professed to delineate the creed of the Catholic church, attributed to it doctrines, which its professors disclaim, and loaded it with imputations, which they contend it does not deserve. An answer was published, under the title of “Remarks on a Charge, delivered by the Bishop of Durham.”
Whatever might be the merit or demerit of that little tract, it appears to have excited no small commotion among the established clergy. A host of writers was soon embattled under the episcopal banner; and all their efforts were employed to chastise the temerity of the Remarker. He was not, however, dismayed by the number or the abilities of his opponents; and the Tracts which he wrote in his own defence, are presented in this collection to the public. After a long interval, and at a time when the