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and increase, or advance, their felicity, so far as human nature is capable of it, both in a particular and general relation; rather than the contrary, or discord, rebellion and revolt, so often advocated, pursued, and in the end, unhappily experienced, under the plausible name and falfe appearance, of melioration.
But how muchsoever the recommendation and Original extension of unity, concord and amity, with a due
" happiness submission, in civil society, may be contrary to the and misery ambition, and selfish views, of an independent and it
' fame. rebellious spirit, in any age, or country, yet it is most certain that as the former constituted the state of original, and most complete, felicity, so the latter occasioned the contrary; and cannot, in the nature of things, do otherwise;—and that human happiness may be much further increased, or aug. mented, both in an individual and collective capacity, than either idleness or wickedness will permit many to believe, or think possible, the province of Example of Pennsylvania has afforded a very signal example, le and incontestible proof, to the admiration of strangers; and doubtless far beyond the credibility of many, who are not sufficiently acquainted with the early, as well as the later state of the country.
To conclude, as the world is said to have been How good formed out of a chaos, and that order sprung from disorder, by the effect of Omnipotence; fo, in the and restora, rise of this province, appears a remarkable instance od. of happy consequences, from apparent unhappy causes;--rational liberty, with an equal participation of natural and civil rights, and religious privileges, with the glorious effects, have risen out of oppression, persecution and bigotry:-But, as the abuse of the former has always introduced the latter, sooner or later; and as human nature ever remains to be the same, so the reversing of those en, joyments continues to be no less incident to the hu. man race, than it was in former ages of the world;
and their preservation depends as much upon the wisdom and conduct of the possessors of them, as their restoration will do, on means similar to those, which raised, and so long preserved, the happy state of the province of Pennsylvania.
PART THE FIRST.
In the account of the religious system and manners of the Quakersy
a religious society. 2. Their first and chief principle, &c. 3. Their wor:hip and ministry, with some of their chief and particular
1. Their jufite, veracity and true Christian fortitudes
4. Under the first of these heads are comprised :
5. Under the second head are,
In their diet and discourse.
18 Contents of the Introduction.
6. Under the third head are represented:
things, from R. Barclay.
cluded with some further hints of the temper, and general difpo.
time of the grant and settlement of Pennsylvania.
PART THE SECOND.
glish administration by the governors of N. York, over the country on
4. Division of New-Jersey into East and Wes New-Jersey, in 1676;
A general and comprehensive view of the rise, princia ples, religious system and practice, or manners, of the people called QUAKERS, who first settled
the province, under his government.
T 1 HE wisdom of former ages, when transmitted, Office and in writing, to posterity, is an inestimable treasure; use of hisa but the actions of illustrious and virtuous persons," in the same manner exhibited, is still more beneficial: by the former our judgments are rightly informed, and our minds brought into a proper way of thinking; by the latter we are animated to an imitation; and while the excellency of noble examples is displayed before our understandings, our minds are inspired with a love of virtue. This appears to be the office of history; by which every succeeding age may avail itself of the wisdom, and, even, of the folly, of the preceding, and become Wiser and happier by a proper application. Thu ough