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the subject of my Lecture, have left a deep impression on the
social life of this country, and, through it, on the life of every
civilised community. It is perfectly true, as the f1rst philosopher
of history averred, that small acts are rather an index of current
opinion than a cause of it. But a very small act may become
indirectly the beginning of a powerful principle, which may
exercise a vast latent influence, and may challenge attention only
when it becomes an established motive, influencing the minds and
acts of those whom it was never designed originally to affect. Up
to the Reformation the Church of England was rich. From the middle
of the fourteenth century many of its benefices and bishoprics were
occupied by cadets of the aristocracy. It is said that Henry,
afterwards the eighth king of that name, was destined for the
Church and the English primacy as long as he was a younger son, and
that we owe the interest which this monarch took in ecclesiastical
matters to the fact that he escaped this profession, after
receiving some training for it, only by the death of his brother
Arthur. But on this side of that eventful period in which Henry
broke away from the Roman Church, and impropriated so much of the
revenues which had formerly belonged to ecclesiastics, the Church
was depressed, poor, and uninviting. It is said that between the
Reformation and the Revolution only one prelate of noble descent
had sat on the bishop's bench. This was Compton, bishopof London,
one of the seven who stood their trial in the last year of James
the Second, and who made, for a time at least, episcopacy a popular
power in Great Britain. The Revolution was followed by the schism
of the Nonjurors in England, the establishment of Pres- byterianism
in Scotland, and the Penal Code in Ireland....
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