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Religion of the Quakers-Invitation to a patient

perusal of this part of the work-No design by this invitation to proselyte to Quakerism--AU systems of religion that are founded on the principles of Christianity are capable, if heartily embraced, of producing present and future hapu piness to manNo censure of another's creed warrantable, inasmuch as the understanding is finite Object of this invitation.


AVING explained very diffusively the three great subjects, the Moral Education, Discipline, and Peculiar Customs of the Quakers, I propose to allot the remaining part of this volume to the consideration of their Religion.

I know that persons who are religiously disposed will follow me patiently through this division of my work, not only because religion is the most important of all subjects that can be agitated, but because, in the explanation of the religious systems of others, some light may arise, which, though it may not be new to all, may yet be new and acceptable to many. I am aware, however, that there are some who direct their reading to light subjects, and to whom such as are serious may appear burthensome. If any

such should have been induced by any particular motive to take this book into their hands, and to accompany me thus far, I intreat a continuation of their patience, till I have carried them through the different parts and divisions of the present subject.

I have no view, in thus soliciting the attention of those who are more or of those who are less religiously disposed, to attempt to proselyte to Quakerism. If men do but fear God and work righteousness, whatever their Christian denomination may be, it is sufficient. Every system of religion, which is founded on the principles of Christianity, must be capable, if heartily embraced, of


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