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The present edition of some of the writings of the Society of Friends, being intended for the use of those not Members, as well as for the Society at large, and their young people in particular. It is introduced by that short sketch of its History, Doctrines, and principles, entitled “a Summary,” published by the authority of the Society ; and is followed by a farther statement of its views, respecting some of the most fundamental doctrines of christianity, and also those points relative to silent worship, and the ministry, in which Friends differ from most other professors ; with a few remarks for the consideration of those who may be concerned in the important business of education.
It is not intended always to publish entire Journals of the lives of Friends, but rather extracts from them, of parts more particularly interesting, and occasionally they may be accompanied with notes and observations, by
History. Sketch of the rise of the Society.-George Fox.
Persecution and Sufferings.- Relief by the Toleration Act and other Laws.- Ireland.- United States of America.
The beginning of the seventeenth century is known to have been, in England, a time of great dissention respecting religion. Many pious persons had been dissatisfied with the settlement of the Church of England in the reign of queen Elizabeth. Various societies of Dissenters had accordingly arisen; some of whom evinced their sincerity by grievous sufferings, under the intolerance of those who governed church affairs. But these societies, notwithstanding their honest zeal, seem
• Sewel, p. 5, 6. edit. 1722,