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rnon 2–He entered into a learned investigation of

the terlets held by the fathers of the church, and

quoted several of them to prove that divine right
of tythes was an idea unknown to them. .
He at length proved the claim to have once
originated in murder, and the king of Mercia
compelled the people to make an alonement for
this horrid offence to the Divinity, by offering up
a tenth of their soil's produce. He was equaliy
tevere upon the argument advanced of innovation.
What was the glorious constitution they possessed,
but an innovation on a monarchy in the hands
of a despetic prince 2 What was the Protestant
religion which they professed, but an innovation
-but Christianity rescued from the hands of an
ambitious and avaricious priesthood When He-
rod heard that the fore-runners of the Redeemer
of mankind, were preaching the virtues of hu-
mility and true religion, he confidered it an inno-
vation, and committed indiscriminate massacre
tov wtirpate the approaching innovator—the Re-
volution itself which introduced arts, sciences,
and learning, was an innovation.—What was the

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pealing to their justice-their humanity, and

their honour—but above all to that spak which

he knew to be in their composition, and which he

had often known to blaze forth, and leave the abashed servants of the Crown in an eclipsed degradation, to suffer the business to go into committee, and there establish peace and prosperity throughout the kingdom. Mr. Grattan was on his legs for three hours, during which he made the most astonishing exertions. The Attorney General said, that he was aware he arose to speak under great disadvantage, after the most splendid display of elocution that the House had ever heard ; he warned gentlemen to awake from the delusion, and weigh only the substantial merits of the case. That the peasantry in the South were distressed, he believed no one doubted, and he was fee to acknowledge that oppression was exercised over them—but he utterly and totally denied, that any part of the imputation could be laid at the door of the clergy. As to what the right bon. Gentleman had mentioned of the illegal demands of tythe-proctors, he thought the laws as they stood were f ficient to corre&t the evil. With respect to ty the of turf having been demanded, HE HAD NG L THE SM ALI.E.S.T DOUBT OF ITS bF.ING CLEARLY II.LEGAL-and if the right hon. Gentleman, wou l D B F 1 N G 1 N A B1 l L to run is a the Eccles 1 as T ic Al Co v « Ts

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