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In answer to many false doctrines and principles which Babylon’s
merchants have traded with, being held forth by the professed minis-
ters, and teachers, and professors in England, Ireland, and Scotland,
taken under their own hands, and from their own mouths, sent forth
by them from time to time, against the despised people of the Lord,
called Quakers, who are of the seed of that woman who hath been
long fled into the wilderness.

ALSO,

An invasion upon the great city Babylon, with the spoiling of her golden cup,
and delicate merchandise, whereby she hath deceived the world and nations;
and herein is declared the spoiling of her prey, in this answer to the multitude
of doctrines he'd/orth by the many false sects, which have lost the key of
Anowledge, and been on foot since the apostles' days, called Anabaptists,
Independents, Presbyters, Ranters, and many others; who out of their own
mouths have manifested themselves not to be of a true descent from the true
christian churches; but it is discovered that they have been all made drunk
with the wine of fornication received from the whore which hath sitten upon
the beast, after whom the world hath wondered.

BY GEORGE FOX.

“And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her, for no man buyeth their merchandise any
more ”—Rev. xviii, 18. ... . . . -

* And they cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, what city is like unto this great city ?
And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, alas, alas, that great city, wherein
were made rich all that had ships in the sea, by reason of her costliness, for in one hour is she made desolate."—
Rev. xviii. 18, 19. -

LoNDON, PRINTED 1659.

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PHILADELPHIA:
MARCUs T. C. GOULD, No. 6, NORTH EIGHTH STREET.

NEW YORK,

ISAAC T. HOPPER, No. 420, PEARL STREET,
J. HaRDING, printer.

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THE EPISTLE TO THE READER.

so To all the world to whom this may come to be read, that they read with a good understanding, and hereby they may come to the perfect knowledge of the ground of difference between the priests, and professors, and all sects in these nations, and us who are in scorn called Quakers; showing that the controversy on our part is just and equal against them all, and that we have sufficient cause to cry against them, and to deny their ministry, their church, their worship, and their whole religion, as being not in the power, and by the spirit of the living God, as commanded of him, or ever practised by his saints: but this declareth the ground, and foundation thereof to be another thing, than that on which the true church, and ministry, and practice, and worship, and true religion were built in the days of the apostles. And also, this is an invitation to all sects and professions of people, to come forth and try if what they hold and profess be according to the scriptures of truth; and to do this by evident and sound arguments, and by the best spiritual weapons they have, and to lay aside all this persecution and unrighteous dealing, and stocking, and whipping, and imprisoning of us for speaking against their religion; and that they come forth in fair dispute, to contend in the spirit of meekness, sor what they profess and practice, and to prove, according to the scriptures, their ministry, church, and whole religion, that it is in, and by the spirit and power of God, or otherwise to renounce and deny all their religion, and the profession and practices thereof, that every man may be satisfied who they are that are in the true and right way, and of the true worship, and true religion, and who are not; and this is desired by us who are called Quakers. And here also is a true account of our first beginning and coming forth in the world; and of the great sufferings we have sustained, and how we have been carried on and preserved to this day. . The Lord God everlasting, who is true and faithful, hath fulfilled his promise in us, and unto us, and we are gathered from the mouths of all dumb shepherds, and out of the mouths of all hirelings, who have made a prey upon us, and fed themselves with the fat, and devoured souls for dishonest gain. And we are come to the fold of eternal rest, where Christ Jesus is the chief shepherd, and he is the shepherd and

Vol. III. • l

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