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And sold by
SUTTON AND SON, BAYNES, GALE, CURTIS, AND FENNER, PATER-
NOSTER ROW; WILLIAMS, STATIONERS' COURT; OTRIDGE AND
BAGSTER STRAND; AND GARDINER, PRINCES STREET, CAVENDISH

SQUARE.

1814.

ВХ

27

I 95
у. 2

PREFACE.

THE English Baptists, from the period of the Reformation, have been a numerous class of Protestant Dissenters. In the first Volume of this history they have been considered the descendants of the Ancient British Christians, and also of the Wickliffites and Lollards; as the latter undoubtedly were of the Ancient Waldenses. No evidence having been produced since its publication to the contrary, I may be allowed to consider it is as proved.

The present Volume is composed principally of biographical sketches of the Baptist Ministers in England of the seventeenth Century. We do not allow them nor any other uninspired men to be the originators of our sentiments ; but they were the founders of our churches, and as such entitled to our respect.

It has been usual for ecclesiastical writers to represent the English Baptists as inconsiderable in their number; as erroneous in their principles;

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