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and Soul, that Purity of Life and Conversa-
tion, which the Christian Religion most ex-
presly recommends, and by which it is best
recommended, had been more becoming a
Man, that calls himself a Minister of the
Gospel, than to revive old Controversies,
tending to whet Men's Minds one against
another, and to excite a Fierçe Zeal for Rites
and Ceremonies of Human Invention; which,
where it most prevails, is observ’d to prey
on the Vitals of Religion, to destroy Love, '
the Characteristick of Christianity, and to 'e
one of the worst Neighbours to Truth' and .
Virtue.

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Tuis Observation is verified by the present Szate of some Countries, where the least Appearance of Truth is too often immediately crusht by Power in the Hands of those whose Interest 'tis to suppress it : And, even · in this Nation, within the Memory of many ye: living, Truth could not appear unlicenc’d. without Danger.

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But, blessed be God, the Case here is alter'd: The general Liberty of Conscience we now enjoy, under a mild and prudent Administration, gives her a just Freedom: The Effect of which has been such an Improvement of Christian Love and Charity among us, as hath in a great Measure allay'd Religious Heats for differing Opinions, which always increase in Proportion to the Opposition they meet with.

Truth delights in Peace, and to spread her self in a loving and familiar, rather than a polemick or controversial Manner ; but when mistaken Men do publickly oppose her, a just Defence is necessary, to shew them their Error, and prevent the spreading it.

This, we think, a sufficient Reason for publishing the following Answer, to an Adversary who professes to write with Temper, without any Railing and Reviling, or bitter virulent Expresfions, and personal Reflections ; a Rule, 'tis hop’d, we have closely kept to,

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and which we wish himself had not trans

gress’d.

As his work is principally a Revival of old Charges, we apprehend no Defence more rational, than such as is taken from the Writings of those he has accus’d; their own Words being the best Evidences of his perverting them.

The End we propose, is the right Information of himself and others, concerning a People found in all the Doctrines of Christianity, Lovers of Sobriety and Virtue, and deferving better Usage, than he has thought fit to give them.

We freely submit what we have written to the Consideration of every impartial Reader, who will form his own Judgment, without Respect of Persons, by the Merits of the Cause.

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The Vicar having prefixed 10 bis Book the

Names of the Quaker Authors, by him cited,
que bave thought proper also.to enter the same,
and refer our Readers to ibe Pages of this An-

per, where they may see that he has either
miscited, or perverted, every one of them, and
some of 'em often.

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read 13. p. 39. 1. 19. for Cor. read i Cor. p. 140. To 5. for were read where. p. 147. 1. 26. for outread our. p. 181. 1. 27. for part read past. p. 185.1. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18. dele the Comma's. p. 186. 1. 23. for 1 Foon read Fohn. p. 188. in the Margin, for lanecâ read lanceâ. p. 206.1.13. for then read when. p. 221. 1. 17. dele not. p. 224, l. 27. for be read are to be. p. 228. 1. 32. for Hamon read Haman. p. 250. l. 15. for Hour read Hours. p. 260. l. 3. for Merits read Mercies. ibid. I. 25. for the Period put a Semicolon. p. 2826 1. 17. for Occasion read Omission. p. 286. 1. 7. for 15. read xvi, 15. p. 290. l. 16. for XX. read xxviii. p. 331.1.3 for include read conclude. p. 368. 1. 29, 30. for their read his. ibid. l. 29, 30, 31. dele the Comma's. p. 370. l. 11. dele the Comma after teftify. p. 372. l. 14. for away read a Way.

Such other Typographical Errors as may occur, the Rea. der is defired to correet with his Pen,

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