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HISTORICAL MEMOIRS

OF THE

RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS,

COMMONLY CALLED

QUAKERS;

BEING

A SUCCINUT ACCOUNT OF THEIR CHARACTER AND COURSE DURING

THE SEVENTEENTH AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURIES.

BY

WILLIAM HODGSON.

“We are nothing; Christ is all." - Geo. Fox.

THIRD EDITION.

PHILADELPHIA:
J. B. LIPPINCOTT & CO.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1844, hy

WILLIAM HODGSON, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States fut the Eastern

District of Pennsylvania.

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PREFATORY REMARKS.

THERE are many thousands of the descendants of Friends in the United States and in Great Britain, who know very little of the true character or history of their forefathers as a church of Christ, and do not by any means realize the value of those pure principles of primitive Christianity, which the “people called Quakers,” after a long night of darkness and apostasy, and the dawning of a better day, was raised up to revive in the view of the various denominations of

professing Christians, and to testify to ages yet to come. A considerable proportion of these, doubtless, cherish a respest for the memory of their ancestors, and would willingly, if they could readily, know more than it has fallen to their lot to know, of the grounds of their remarkable conscientious position, for which they were made willing to suffer the loss of property, liberty, reputation, and all the usual comforts of life, and even life itself.

The author of the following work has had this class very much in view in preparing a second edition; and should any among them be brought through its means

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