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REV. MESSRS. HUGHES AND BRECKENRIDGE,
ON THE SUBJECT
" IS THE PROTESTANT RELIGION THE RELIGION
OF CHRIST ?"
NO. 130 SOUTH SIXTH STREET.
The following correspondence and controversy have been extensively published in the religious newspapers of the day, but as it is believed that many persons wish to possess it in a form more convenient for reference and preservation, this edition is given to the public, with a hope that it will meet with extensive patronage. The whole is copied from “ The Presbyterian," and “ Catholic Herald,” in which It originally appeared, and the public is assured that pains have been taken to make it an exact copy, without alteration of any kind.
To the Rev. John Breckenridge,
Rev. Sir,—I have perused your article on the Roman Catholic con(roversy published in the Christian Advocate, and feel that you have neither been just nor ingenuous in your observations. I am the more surprised at this because those who know you ascribe to you many of those qualities of mind and feeling, which constitute or adorn the scholar and the gentleman.
Throughout the article you seem to regret that your antagonist is not an “ accredited” or responsible authority on the subject; and hence you say, “ There are Priests and Bishops, &c.
We are prepared to meet any of them, on the broad field of this important and vital discussion ; and hereby make this disposition known.”
Now, sir, I am equally ready to accept this challenge ; let it only be conducted in a spirit of Christian charity, and of sincere inquiry after truth. Of course it will be necessary to define certain rules and conditions by which we may understand ourselves and each other, in the discussion of the question.
I hope you will find in the publicity of your challenge a sufficient apology for the liberty I take in addressing you. I shall be ready to receive any communication you may make on this subject, and shall be accommodating as to the time, place, manner, and circumstance, of bringing this topic fairly before the public.
Yours, very respectfully,
JOHN HUGHES. Oct. 3d, 1832.
Philadelphia, Oct. 13th, 1832. To the Rev. John Hughes,
Sir,—Your communication of the third instant was duly received ; and I have used the earliest opportunity, which my present unsettled life allowed me, in giving the necessary attention to its contents.
I am gratified to find that in your estimate of my character you differ from those who know me.” If, as you concede, they are pleased to ascribe to me “ many of those qualities of mind and feeling which constitute or adorn the scholar or the gentleman," I leave you to determine whether I ought to be more gratified by their judgment, or distressed at yours.
I confess, however, that I am not a little surprised to find you speaking of my letter published in the Christian Advocate on the Roman Catholic controversy, as embracing an original challenge, while