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THE " SPECTATOR." Stn,—Respect for "Mr. Layman," and sympathy with his com- plaint (in Congress) that a hymn sung at the Lord's Supper should have penal consequences, .make one the more regret his tone

towards the Bishop of Carlisle's change of opinion on the Vest- ments rubric. In a little popular " Guide to the Parish Church," the Bishop (then Dean) took the plain, primd facie view that the vestments were enjoined. On deeper examination, he found the question less simple. In the end his opinion changed. Why hint a doubt as to his motives ?

Like "Mr. Layman," however, I should very much like to know the Bishop's reasons. My own study of the question commenced with, and has almost been confined to, the final judgment itself, which, though of course legally valid, seems to me, on the face of it, to be quite certainly wrong. I may be permitted to add that I am no Ritualist, though, in itself, I cannot see the un- reasonableness of a distinctive dress for our distinctly highest service.—I am, Sir, &c.,