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A HISTORY

OF THE

PROTESTANT “REFORMATION,"

IN

ENGLAND AND IRELAND;

Showing how that event has impoverished and degraded the main

body of the People in those Countries.

IN A SERIES OF LETTERS,

Addressed to all sensible and just Englishmen.

BY WILLIAM COBBETT.

LONDON:
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY CHARLES CLEMENT, No. 183, FLEET
STREET ; AND SOLD BY ALL BOOKSELLERS AND NEWSMEN.

PRICE THREE-PENCE EACH NUMBER.

1824.

[Entered at Stationers' Wall.]

Bę.

PUBLIC LIBRARY

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No. I.

A HISTORY

OF THE

PROTESTANT “REFORMATION."

LETTER I.

INTRODUCTION.

Kensington, 291h November 1824. MY FRIENDS,

1. We have recently seen a rescript from the King to the Bishops, the object of which was to cause them to call upon their Clergy, to cause collections of money to be made in the several parishes throughout England, for the purpose of promoting what is called the religious education” of the people. The Bishops, in conveying their instructions, on this subject, to their Clergy, direct them to send the money thus collected to a Mr. JosHUA WATSON, in London, who, it seems, is the Treasurer of this religious education concern, and who is, or lately was, a wine and spirit dealer, inMincing-lane, Fenchurch-street. This same Mr. WATSON. is also the head man of a society, called the “ Society for promoting Christian Knowledge." The present Bishop of Winchester, in his first charge to the Clergy of his diocese, says, that this society is the "correct expounder of evan-, gelical truth, and firm supporter of the established Church;". and he accordingly strongly recommends, that

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