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THE HISTORY

THE ENGLISH CHURCH,

AND OF

THE SECTS
WHICH HAVE DEPARTED FROM ITS COMMUNION;

WITH

ANSWERS TO EACH DISSENTING BODY
RELATIVE TO ITS PRETENDED GROUNDS OF SEPARATION.

BY JOHNSON GRANT, M. A.

or st. John's COLLEGE, OXFORD.

VOL. II.
CARRYING DOWN THE NARRATIVE TO THE REIGN OF

CHARLES II.

AND INTRODUCING DISCUSSIONS OF
THE PRINCIPLES HELD BY PRESBYTERIANS, INDEPENDENTS,

ANTINOMIANS, MILLENARIANS, AND QUAKERS.

« It is not St. Augustine's, or St. Ambrose's works, that will make so wise
a divine, as ecclesiastical history, thoroughly read and observed.”-

LORD Bacon.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR J. HATCHARD,
BOOKSELLER TO THE QUEEN, No. 190, PICCADILLY,

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PRE FACE

TO THE SECOND VOLUME.

For the long interval which has elapsed since the publication of my former volume, I have several satisfactory reasons to assign. To some minds it would, perhaps, be sufficient to state, that by the loss of the best of mothers and firmest of friends, I was nearly disabled for one whole year from bending my mind to any laborious pursuit. I might also plead vexation, arising from particular circumstances connected with this painful event ; ill health, and the necessity laid upon me of directing attention to objects of a different description. The labour also, requisite in preparing the volume now presented, has been far greater than many can readily imagine ; greater than, perhaps, I shall obtain credit for; and such, I am confident, as no praise or emolument I am likely to receive, will ever adequately remunerate.

It is, however, more important that I should

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