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FAREWELL SERMONS

OF SOME OF

THE MOST EMINENT

OF THE

Nonconformist Ministers,

DELIVERED

AT THE PERIOD OF THEIR EJECTMENT BY THE ACT OF

UNIFORMITY IN THE YEAR 1662.

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED

A HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL PREFACE.

“ Then Peter and the other apostles answered, and said, we ought to obey
God rather than men."

ACTS v, 29.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR GALE AND FENNER,

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HISTORICAL

AND

BIOGRAPHICAL PREFACE.

The season of religious intolerance is, we trust, passing away. The increase of knowledge has been marked by the diminution of bigotry; and the mighty convulsions which have for a series ofsanguinary years shook the foundation of thrones, and led every man to examine by what principles his life was governed, and how far they were ca. pable of sustaining him in the prospect of future, perhaps of greater calamities-have resulted not only in universal peace, but in general improvement. Institutions have of late sprụng up which have produced the effect of making christians of different persuasions better acquainted with each other, and the stiffness of jealousy has relaxed into the interchanges of mutual friendship and conciliation. One great lesson at least we may venture

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