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ON THE

PRINCIPAL DOCTRINES AND PRACTICES

OF THE

CATHOLIC CHURCH,

DELIVERED AT ST. MARY'S MOORFIELDS, DURING THE LENT OF 1836,

By NICHOLAS WISEMAN, D.D.

PROFESSOR IN THE UNIVERSITY OF ROME; FOREIGN MEMBER OF THE
ROYAL SOCIETY OF LITERATURE; CORRESPONDING MEMBER

OF THE ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY.

VOL. I.

LONDON:

JOSEPH BOOKER, 61, NEW BOND STREET.

1836.

LITRARY
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

DAVIS

LONDON: C. RICHARDS, PRINTER, ST. MARTIN'S LANE, CHARING CROSS.

TO

THE RIGHT REVEREND

THE VICAR APOSTOLIC

AND TO

THE CATHOLIC CLERGY AND LAITY

OF LONDON

THESE LECTURES ARE INSCRIBED

IN TOKEN OF SINCERE AND LASTING GRATITUDE

FOR THE UNREMITTING KINDNESS

AND MANY FAVOURS RECEIVED FROM THEM

BY

THE AUTHOR,

PREFACE.

In the Advent of 1835, I delivered a course of Evening Lectures, in the Royal Sardinian Chapel, Lincoln's-InnFields, upon controversial subjects. It was comprised in seven Lectures, and was honoured by a very numerous attendance. At the approach of Lent, this year, I was desired by the Venerable Prelate, whom the London District has just lost, to undertake another course, in the more spacious Church of St. Mary's, Moorfields, upon the same subjects. It was proposed to confine it to a few lectures upon one topic; that so, no disappointment might ensue, in case my health, or occupations, or a want of interest on the part of the public, should render it expedient to discontinue it. The subject selected was the Rule of Faith, or the authority of the Church, which occupies the first volume of this publication. But, through God's blessing, I found myself able to persevere in my undertaking, though, in the preceding Lent, I had been unequal to reading, in a room, two Lectures of half an hour's duration, in the week :* and, at the same time, I had the consolation of witnessing the patient and edifying attention of a crowded audience, many of whom stood for more than two hours, without betraying any

* The « Lectures on the Connexion between Science and Revealed Religion,” just published.

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