In his day Charles Spurgeon, the great Prince of Preachers, began to identify what has come to be known as The Downgrade. This was a reference to the gradual loss of sound doctrine and personal holiness among the churchmen that had begun with the Act of Uniformity of 1662. This move by King Charles II and his court effectively put an end to Puritanism in the Church in England and Wales. In March of 1887 Spurgeon published an anonymous article written by a close friend. This reply is to the many who had both supported and criticized him for publishing the article, and the subsequent articles written concerning it. I thought it was an interesting read. Enjoy! Our Reply to Sundry Critics and Enquirers.