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With diffidence I venture to lay this volume before the public. Whatever may be its defects or merits, it certainly owes nothing to the influence of learned ease, or the support of a patron. An American author is not favoured with either the one or the other. It was written under the unceasing pressure of my pastoral and academic labours; and the pleasure and amustment, which every author feels in arranging his materials, were resumed, from time to time, to beguile a sombre hour. I have been anxious to render it, in every respect, worthy of the notice of the public. But, it is, perhaps, prudent to conceal how much pains have been taken, and how many years have been spent, in collecting materials" in the toon of that singulaire an' graite mann Maister William Penn," to render them worthy of patronage, until it be known whether that shall ever be bestowed on it.
Maxims or first principles submitted to the candour of the
Section 1. A general outline of the religious opinions of the
Sect. 4. Two sects spring up out of this revolution. 1. The
of Scotland-causes-view of the genius and habits of the