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[To the Editor of THE SeEcrxroa.] Sia,—Paradoxical as it may seem, Tractarian teaching actually emphasized the Royal Prerogative exercised by consent and with the authority of Parliament. Both Mr- Keble and Mr. Newman took for granted that a Statutory Bishop, compulsorily nominated by the Sovereign, after compulsory consecration by other Bishops, also originally so nominated, was a successor of the Apostles. Even in the second generation Mr. George Russell recalls an observa- tion of Dr. Liddon's : How singular,' he said to me, as we stood before the portrait of a wigged and bloated prelate—' How singular to reflect that that person was chosen in the Providential order to connect Mr. Keble with the Apostles I ' " (Dr. Liddan, by the Right Hon. George W. E. Russell, The English Churchman's Library, page 166.)

It would appear that ill-informed private judgement still lurks in the minds of those who ignore the episcopal origin of their own orders, which is "An Act for the non-payment of first-fruits to the Bishop of Rome."-25 Henry VIII, cap. xx, sec. iv, repealed 1 & 2 Philip and Mary, revived by I Elizabeth, cap. 1.—I am, Sir, &c.,

15 Pashley Road, Eastbourne. P. G. CAWLEY. [This correspondence is closed.—En. The Spectator.]