The Independent Whig, vol. 3 (2nd ed. 1741)
Trenchard and Gordon wrote articles for this weekly journal during the period 1720-21 just before they began work on their better known periodical Cato’s Letters which appeared 1720-23. In a total of 53 essays they criticized the power and abuses of the ecclesiastical establishment in Britain. As Trenchard died in 1723, Gordon edited the essays for later publication. The second edition was published in 1741. Vol. 3 contains no. 55 (no date) to no. 74 (no date) and some letters on some sermons.
The Independent Whig: or, a Defence of Primitive Christianity, And of Our Ecclesiastical Establishment, against The Exorbitant Claims and Encroachments of Fanatical and Disaffected Clergymen. The Second Edition (London: J. Peele, 1741). Vol. 3.
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Table of Contents
- To the Right Honourable The Lord Pagett.
- THE Independent Whig.
- Number LV.: Of Blasphemy.
- Number LVI.: Of mutual Charity and Forbearance.
- Number LVII.: The Vanity as well as Wickedness of Persecution.
- Number LVIII.: A Dialogue between Monsieur Jurieu, and a Burgomaster of Rotterdam.
- Number LIX.: Dialogue between Mr. Jurieu, and a Burgomaster, continued.
- Number LX.: Conclusion of the Dialogue between Mr. Jurieu and a Burgomaster.
- Number LXI.: Force and Fraud, how opposite to the Spirit of Religion. The very different Effects of religious Liberty, and false Zeal.
- Number LXII.: Power and Imposition, in Matters of Religion, tend rather to abolish Religion, than to improve it. The Light of Nature, and the Practice of Heathens, furnish Reproof to persecuting Christians.
- Number LXIII.: The consuming Nature of Persecution. Persecutors generally religious Mad-men. Their egregious Want of Shame, and utter Unfitness to make Converts.
- Number LXIV.: Mutual Bitterness and Persecution amongst Christians, how repugnant to the Gospel, and how shocking to a rational Pagan.
- Number LXV.: Of the strange Force of Education, especially in Matters of Religion.
- Number LXVI.: The extravagant Notions and Practice of Penance, how generally prevailing as a necessary Part of Religion, even amongst such as know not, or neglect, all the other and real Penalties.
- Number LXVII.: The Principle and Practice of Penance; its Extravagance and ill Tendency further considered.
- Number LXVIII.: The Teachers of all Sects (who lay Claim to Power and Submission) how apt to reproach, yet how much resembling each other.
- Number LXIX.: The Hierarchy of Rome, how like that of Japan. The obvious Danger to a State from Popish Missionaries.
- Number LXX.: Dialogue between a Country Clergyman and a Quaker.
- Number LXXI.: Dialogue between a Country Clergyman and a Quaker continued.
- Number LXXII.: Dialogue between a Country Clergyman and a Quaker continued.
- Number LXXIII.: Dialogue between a Country Clergyman and a Quaker, continued.
- Number LXXIV.: Of the Character and Capacity of the Fathers of the Church.
- A Letter to the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury; proving, That his Grace cannot be the Author of the Letter to an eminent Presbyterian Clergyman in Switzerland; in which Letter the present State of Religion in England is blackened and exposed.
- Oratio Historica de Beneficiis in Ecclesiam Tigurinam collatis, p. 14.
- In English thus.
- Now for the Low-church Clergy.
- An Examination of the Facts and Reasonings in the Lord Bishop of Chichester’s Sermon, preached before the House of Lords, on the 30th of Jan. 1731. Humbly addressed to His Lordship.
- A Sermon preached before the Learned Society of Lincoln’s-Inn, on Jan. 30. 1732. from Job xxxiv. 30. That the Hypocrite reign not, lest the People be ensnared.
- A Supplement to the Sermon preached at Lincoln’s-Inn, on Jan. 30, 1732. By a Layman. Addressed to a very important and most solemn Churchman, Solicitor-General for Causes Ecclesiastical.