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CHURCH OF ENGLAND,
It is endeavoured to be made appear, that it is their Duty, Principle, and Interest to abolish the
PENAL LAWS and TESTS.
Published in the Year 1687.
M O matter who, but what: and yet if thou wouldst
I know the author, he is an Englishman, and therefore obliged to this country, and the laws that made him free.
That single consideration were enough to command this undertaking; for it is to persuade his countrymen to be delivered of the greatest yoke a nation can well suffer under; penal laws for religion, I mean.
And now thou hast both the who, and what. If thou art wise and good, thou art above my epithets, and more my flatteries : if not, I am in the right to let them alone. Read, think, and judge. Liberty, English and Christian, is all that is fought in the en-: suing discourse. Adieu.
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CHURCH OF ENGLAND, &c.
T Must own it is my aversion at this time, to meddle I with publick matters; and yet my duty to the publick will not let me be silent. They that move by principles, must not regard times nor factions, but what is just, and what is honourable; and that no man ought to scruple, nor no time or interest to contest.
The single question I go upon, and which does immediately concern and exercise the minds of the thinking, as well as talking men of this kingdom, is, " Whether it be fit to repeal the penal laws and tests i in matters of religion, or not?' I take the affirmative of the question, and humbly submit my reasons to every reasonable conscience. I say reasonable, be- : cause that which knows not its own duty, principle and interest, is not so; and that which is not willing to do to others as it would be done by, less deserves to be thought so..
Now there are three sorts of people that will find themselves concerned in this question, the church of England, the Roman Catholick, and the Protestant DifJenter, and these make up the whole body of the king