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AS You are a Lover of Truth and Liberty, and a Foe to Priestcraft and Spiritual Tyranny, I beg Leave to inscribe this Volume to your Name. Having no Views selfifli or personal, I am under no Temptation to flatter you : Nor am I so vain as to think, that this Dedication can do you any Honour. It will, probably, expose you to the same Censures which the Editor himself has long suffered; the Censures of the Ignorant, the Bigot, the Hypocrite, ~ and the Priest. But You and I, Sir, God be thanked! have both learned to despise these Things, and to pity the Authors of them. To that just Zeal which I have often heard you express for Civil Liberty, You have likewise added a noble Zeal for that which is religious. After having acquired a plentiful Fortune by honest Industry, you still continue to associate with those only who are the Friends of Liberty l nor are you ashamed to countenance and encourage those that dissent from the Ejiablijhed Church. And indeed it is quite inconsistent with all
just Notions of Civil Liberty, to be indifferent about Religious Shackles and the Impositions of Priests. Oppression in Matters of Religion, and Ecclesiastical Tyranny, ever made Way for, and will eternally introduce, Civil Bondage, and the Tyranny of Princes; And in our own History more especially it appears, that Ciyil and ReligiousOppre ssion rife and fall together.
I congratulate you upon that noble Spirit which of late Years hath appeared in this Nation; a Spirit of free Enquiry, and careful Search after Truth: The Consequences of it will, we hope, be happy and glorious to our Country.
That God Almighty may long preserve your Life; and as you increase in Years, that you may advance in Wisdom and Goodness; and be eternally A 3 happy happy hereafter in the Kingdom of the Righteous, is the sincere Wish and hearty Prayer of,