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Statutes which operate against the Roman Catholics, and causes of their enactment.
BEFORE we proceed to consider the arguments which have been adduced in opposition to the grant of further privileges to the Roman Catholics, it will not be improper to take a short view of the statutes which operate against them, and of the causes which led to their enactment.
The principal statutes are, the 1st of Elizabeth, (chap. i.) being "An Act to restore to the Crown the ancient jurisdiction over the state, ecclesiastical and spiritual, and abolishing all foreign powers contrary to the same;" the 30th Charles II. (chap. i. st. 2.) being "An Act for the more effectual preserving the King's person and government, by disabling Papists from