London: Printed for John Joseph Stockdale, 1807. First edition. 8vo, removed pamphlet (lacks wrappers), 30 pages. A little soiled; a very good copy. Item #13732
Shortly after leaving his post as Prime Minister over the question of Catholic relief (Roman Catholics would be allowed to serve in the Army), the reforming Whig Grenville writes to the Secretary of the S.P.C.K. to complain of that organization's agitation against the bill. This pamphlet includes Grenville's letter, to which the anonymous "Member of the Society for promoting Christian Knowledge" then proffers argument partaking of a certain more-in-sorrow-than-in-pity scurrility and scare-mongering: "You will there see, that, by your bill, all constitutional preference to the established Church is abandoned in it; the the system of complete and entire indifference, on religious opinions, is set up; that the Commanders of our Army and Navy need no longer profess themselves to be of any sect of religion, Christian, Jewish, or Mahometan; and that the act of supremacy and all the Test Laws, are entirely set aside. . . . Religious indifference is the parent of infidelity, and infidelity the forerunner of revolution." Half-title not called for.