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BY WILLIAM PENN,
A builder on that foundation which cannot be moved:

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TRENTON:
FRANCIS S. WIGGINS, PRINTER,

1827

C1317.1.2

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

FROM
THE BEQUEST OF
EVERT JANSEN WENDELL

1918

TO THE

UNPREJUDICED READER.

IT was the fault of some in ancient times, that they made void God's law by men's traditions; and certainly I may now assume the same complaint. For whilst I take a serious prospect of the spiritual nature and tendency of the second covenant, which God Almighty, in the fulness of time, by his prophets, prophesied to make and perfect; and also the accomplishment thereof by Jesus Christ, and what was brought to pass amongst the primitive believers; methinks I do not only see an utter abolishment of ceremonial worships, but the inscribing that spiritual law on the heart, and infusion of holy fear to the inward parts, whereby each person became capacitated to know so inuch of God, as suited with his present state, from an infalliable demonstration in himself, and not on the slender grounds of man's lo-here interpretations, or lo-there : for the kingdom of God is within, where himself must be the teacher of his people. But on the other hand, when from the noise of ever party's pretensions to, and contentions for their own way, as most infalliable, I am induced to an impartial examination of them ; alas ! how have all adulterated from the purity both of scripture record, and primitive example! receiving for unquestionable doctrines, the falliable apprehensions,

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