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BX 6276 . I 95 v. 3

OXFORD:
PRINTED DY BARTLETT AND HINTON.

PREFACE.

STRADA, describing the qualifications of an historian, says, “ To execute the office well, the writer should belong to no country, no order of men, no party, and no religion.” The Writer of this History makes no pretensions to such qualifications. He is an Englishman, who venerates the excellent and liberal constitution settled at the period of the glorious Revolution in 1688; he is a Protestant, who admires the principles of the Reformation; he is a Dissenter, who claims the right of private judgment in matters of religion, and who rejoices that this right is recognized and confirmed by the Act of Toleration; he is a Baptist, who rejects Pædobaptism, because he considers it an unscriptural innovation; and he is a Calvinist, who glories in the doctrines of frce grace as exhibited in the gospel, because yo one owes more to sovereign grace, or expects more from it, than himself.

It has afforded him real gratification in collecting the loyal and constitutional addresses which have been presented to the throne by the General Body of Dissenting ministers in London, to find that the Baptists have always been most prompt and zealous in giving proof of their solicitude for the Protestant Succession, their attachment to the princes of the House of Hanover, and their veneration for the principles of English law, which guarantee equal civil rights, and the inalienable privilege of religious liberty.

The most remarkable period of that part of the history now brought under review, in relation to Protestant Dis

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