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IN THREE VOLUMES.
THE FOURTH EDITION.
PRINTED AND SOLD BY WILLIAM PHILLIPS, GEORGE YARD,
OF THE THIRD VOLUME.
People called Quakers are farther explained and con-
Giving all diligence, add to your faith, virtue ; and to virtue, knowledge; and
to knowledge, temperance ; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness ; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things, is blind, and cannot see far off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 2 Pet. i. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
Published in the Year 1679.
THE PREFACE.* The acceptance this address has found with all sorts of people, to whose hands it has come, who value religion for the sake of piety, more than out of interest or formality, hath brought it a second time to public view.
It was writ in the year 1679, as a Christian expedient for peace and safety: but our animosities were then too great, to consider of the best means to obtain them ; which stood, and does, and will ever stand, in a thorough reformation of hearts and lives: else God, that cannot lie, in the ways of his providence, will undoubtedly meet with us, as he has often done and yet will do, to our
great confusion, if we do not speedily repent and forsake those courses by which he is provoked against us. The design of the author was that of Christianity, to mend the spirits and lives of men, by shewing the odiousness of sin, the vanity of self,
* This Preface was put to a second edition of this book. Vol. 111.