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struction. Sacred truth, however, demands that the Christian history should record the divine virtues, and the benevolent labours, of all who profess the faith and bear the image of God our Saviour.

The Author of this Volume has endeavoured to prosecute his work“ as one that must give account,” agreeably to his profession as a minister of Jesus Christ. His chief design in this labour has been to serve the interests of pure Scriptural Christianity among his countrymen : but while fidelity to truth required the record of some things which may offend the fastidious, and he is not unconscious of many imperfections, he is not aware of any of its statements or representations on which he cannot continue to implore the blessing of God.

Reflecting upon the encouraging manner in which the public have received his “ Church History through all Ages,” the Author offers his most grateful acknowledgements. And, laying the present volume at the feet of Him, whose name is “ IMMANUEL,” the triumphs of whose gospel and grace, in the British Churches, it briefly records, he commends it to his respected Brethren in “the ministry of reconciliation," in the hope of it being, through the influence of the Holy Spirit, instrumental in promoting the edification of our inquisitive youth, and of advancing the saving doctrine of Protestant, Scriptural Christianity.

BOOK I.

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