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AN ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE, PERSECUTION,

WRITINGS AND OPINIONS:

Being designed to eradicate
BIGOTRY AND UNCHARITABLENESS:

AND TO PROMOTE
LIBERALITY OF SENTIMENT

AMONG CHRISTIANS.

BY RICHARD WRIGHľ,
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One is your Master even Christ, and all je are brethren.

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ME PAUL

WISBECH,

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DEDICATION. To Calvinists in general;---to the admirers of Mr. Andrew Fuller's book, entitled the Calvinistic and Socinian systems compared as to their moral tendency, in particular;----the following pages are inscribed; as affording a display of the practical influence of Calvinisii, on the temper and conduct of its first promulgators; and as a necessary sequet :·to::the above work, being itlustrative of its

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-. By their sincere wellwisher,

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PREFACE.

CALVIN has had multitudes of admirers; poor Servetus has been held in general disrepute.Even in the present enlightened age, there are those to be found who will not believe that the former was a persecutor, though no historic fact is more unquestionable, or that the latter was a virtuous and good character.

That Calvin persecuted Servetus to prison and to death, merely for his opinions, cannot be denied by any person who is acquainted with the ecclesiastical history of those times. Calvin's owar writing's prose the fact; for he attempted to defend kịs con act in bringing his opponent to the flames: :: 1 tariy of his disciples, those who adhere to lis:opinions and call themselves after him, 'admit*tliat he procured the destruction of Servetus, though they attempt to palliate his conduct; as if deliberate persecution and mur- . der could admit of palliation.

There are those who contend that the infainous conduct of Calvin and his coadjutors, in pleading for and practising persecution, ought to be buried in oblivion; because they cannot

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