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A BRIEF HISTORY
CONTAINING THE ACTS OF PARLIAMENT, IMPERIAL AND PROVINCIAL ;
THE GOVERNMENT; CLERGY RESERVES' QUESTION, &c. &c.
BY WILLIAM BETTRIDGE, B.D.,
(ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE,)
RECTOR OF WOODSTOCK, UPPER CANADA,
One of the Deputation from the late Bishop of Quebec, the Bishop of Montreal, and the
Archdeacons and Clergy of Upper Canada."
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY W. E. PAINTER,
AT THE OFFICES OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND GAZETTE, AND CHURCHMAN,
I have not the presumption to suppose that anything contained in the following pages will add to the knowledge which your Grace so fully possesses, of the history of our Church in Upper Canada. My object in publishing this work is, simply, to bring, in a connected form, the History of our Church, in that Province, under the consideration of the Christian public. In a very short time the future destinies of our Colonial Establishment, as far as they depend upon, or are influenced by, human laws, must be discussed, and definitively arranged, by the Imperial Legisla.ure. The proceedings of this august body cannot fail to be guided, in some measure, at least, by the opinions of the nation. If these are found favourable to the Establishment, (and I know of no surer method to secure so desirable an event, than the exhibition of our claims in all the simplicity of truth,) we may entertain the good hope that our Zion will be protected, and become a blessing to the land: if, on the contrary, the public should be against us, or manifest an indifference to our State and Establishment, we can only then await Jehovah's pleasure concerning us,