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NEW BEDFORD :
IN T R O DUCTION
To THE REVISED EDITION PRINTED IN 1809.
SINCE the printing of the Book of Discipline, about twenty-four years have elapsed; during which period, the new regulations which have taken place have rendered it an imperfect collection of the rules of the Society; and, the Book being out of print, the Yearly Meeting committed the revisal of our Discipline to the Meeting for Sufferings, in 1807, which meeting having with care and diligence completed the said revisal, and laid it before the Yearly Meeting, in the sixth month, 1809; this body adopted the following as the Discipline of the Society, and directed the same to be printed, in order:— 1st. That every quarterly and monthly meeting may be furnished with a fair and correct collection of the minutes and advices which have been agreed to, for regulating the affairs of the Society. 2dly. “That these minutes and advices, being more generally received, may be more uniformly observed and put in practice; that order, unity, peace and harmony, may be preserved throughout the churches.” 3dly. “That, in an especial manner, the youth of the present time and of succeeding generations,