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23 nov. &
The Authoress desires to express a deep sense
of gratitude to the Clerk in Holy Orders who has so kindly assisted in revising this Work.
To the men and women of England the following extracts are given, that, without any wish to be bigoted or fanatical, they may see for themselves whither the Ritualists are leading us; whether, in spite of their sophistries, we are not drifting towards the horrors of the Inquisition* (whose victims are known to amount to 100,000 persons of both sexes since its foundation in the 14th century), and the atrocities committed in the name of holy religion and Jesus Christ!
As a Ritualist myself for some ten years, I appeal with all the heart and voice of an English wife and mother to my fellow-women to read the following comparisons, and to note how slight is the difference between Anglican and Roman Catholicism, to peruse the daily papers, and to see how the latter Church is everywhere spreading in England, -a new college begun near Guildford, in addition to those already diffusing their pernicious humiliating doctrines—and with convents and English counterparts in
* The first auto-da-fé was at Valladolid on May 21st, 1559 ; fourteen were burnt. The second was on 8th October, when thirteen were burnt, and the next at Seville, when twenty-seven were destroyed, the majority being females. On August 18th, 1559, the prison of the Inquisition was pulled down, but by a discussion which took place in Notes and Queries, Vol. X., pp. 122-137, it appears to have been rebuilt, and not finally suppressed until March, 1820 (the 19th Century !!). An account given in Notes and Queries by an eye-witness is so revolting that it seems incredible that human beings should ever be confined in such places for the so-called crime of worshipping God in the manner in which they thought best. In the reign of Philip V., of Spain, there were 782 auto-da-fés and twenty-four were burnt per annum. The last auto-da-fé was at Goa, in 1787, when twenty heretics were burnt. In the reigns of the last two kings of Spain four were burnt and fiftysix condemned to worse than death.