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ther as another Book, than a Preface; and
to that end I have set the Contents of it be-
fore it, as Writers commonly do before their
Books, Could I have foreseen it would have
been fo long, I would have made it a Book
by it felf; but however I chink it is all onc
to the Reader, and the Interests of Truth ,
whether he hath an Anfwer to your Book
in a joint, or a feparate Treatise ; and those
who think it not worth the while to read
such an Answer under the Title of a Pre-
face, would, I believe, have as little mind
to read it, if it were published lipgly in a di-
ftinct Book.

When you please, Sir, to make a Reply,
I hope you'll put your Name to it, as
have put mine to this Book, and thereby
shew the World, that you are neither alham'd
or afraid to own what you have written in
your Book of the Rights, or the Preface to it,
or to appear in the defence of them. Afhamid
you ought not to be for discovering a Craft,
I mean the Craft of Priests, who, if you write
Truth, have bubbld and cheated the World,
at least ever since the Priestly Office was di-
vided from the Regal ; nor ought you to be
afraid for publishing wholesome and seaso-
nable Doctrines, to deliver Mankind from the
Şlavery of an usurped Power, under which,
if Men will believe it, it bath been so long

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with there in Ethem. Ahamd deliver bis Country, truly Priest-ridden, from you

of whom Fam in Egyptian Bondage. But if the World should r my Preface ra

bera blind, and ungrateful, as to persecute their a Preface ; and Deliverer, would not your Sufferings carry a do before their it not be for your everlasting Honour to be n it would have a Confeffor for detecting such

Errors as you made it a Book

pretend to refute ? Pray, Sir, remember ink it is all one

that Socrates, who dy'd for one great Truth, erests of Truth,

hath had not only Statues ere&ted, but Medals Atruck for the Honour of his Memory, and by his Sufferings hath left such a glorious Idea of himself in the Minds of Men, that his Name hath been transmitted to Posterity, like the Pictures of Saints, with a Glory about it

and to this day is not mentioned but with are fuch Honour, as is usually paid to the Memo.

ries of such excellent Men, as were, or endeavoured to be Reformers of their Country, and Benefactors to Mankind. Sir, remember his great Example, and fear not at a venture to publish your Name, that it may for ever live, and be venerable with his, who attempted to the Religious Slavery, and Impositions of crafty Priests. Take Courage then, Sir, and let the World know your worthy Name, that it may be immortalized with that of Mr. Bl-'s, and T's, and Afm-'s, and Stmans's and other such Hero's, whose Principles are cited in the Rehearsal, and in the Ax laid ti

the Root of Christianity, that you may be a ! glorious in your Athes after you are dead, 2

o make a Reply me to it, as I k, and thereby e neither alhamd

have written in the Preface to it,

covering a Craft, ated the World, Ty Office was di ought you to be ome and scaloankind from the

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