Mr. Buxton also gave us one important piece of information
concerning the Commission which was appointed last session to revise and simplify, if possible, the subscriptions by which the clergy are at present legally bound. " I was surprised and delighted," he says, "by the anxiety evinced by all my colleagues on that Commission to treat scrupulous consciences with the utmost regard, and to give the amplest scope to thinking minds that would be compatible with their fidelity to the doctrines expressly affirmed by the Established Church, and I think that the recommendations of the Commission, carrying with them the authority of four archbishops, four bishops, and several other dignitaries of the Church, as well as several judges, peers, and statesmen, will be hailed on all sides with lively satisfaction, and if adopted by Parliament will do much towards preserving the intellectual vigour of the Established Church." This certainly sounds hopeful, and much more than any one had a right to expect from a Commission so constituted. ‘Ve imagined it would content itself with simply abolishing the " unfeigned assent and consent to everything contained in the Book of Common Prayer."