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While the Editor makes bis sincere and grateful acknowledgments to these Gentlemen, and to all who have favored his undertaking with their approbation and assistapce; he begs leave to solicit their further encouragement and aid ; and any communications from others, that can contribute to the accuracy or completion of the work which he has before announced, and which he still has in contemplation, namely, “ An History of the Protestant Dissenters, and of the Progress of Free ENQUIRY and ReLIGIOUS LIBERTY from the REVOLUTION to the present Times." He cannot ascertain to what extent this work will reach; but he will aim to comprise the historical, literary, and biographical information, it will include, in as short a compass as possible ; and he proposes, lest life and health should not be enjoyed to finish it, to bring it forward from the press in such detached parts as will correspond to the periods into which, he apprehends, it will naturally divide itself, so that each part may form a complete bistorical survey of the subjects it treats of, down to the time at which it closes.
Mr. Neal's History being volaminous, though as an original work and a book of authority it will retain its val. ue, the Editor, with pleasure, informs his Readers, that his wortby and much-esteemed friend the Rev. Joseph Cornish, of Colyton, Devon, is preparing for the press, a new, corrected, and much-improved edition of bis “ Brief and Impartial History of the Puritans," in 12mo, which will be peculiarly adapted for the use of youth, and of those who have not leisure to go through Mr. Neal's larger work, and to assist the recollection of those who are acquainted with it.
TAUNTON, August 11, 1796.
CONTENTS OF THE FIFTH VOLUME.
From the King's Declaration of Indulgence to the Popish Plot.
From the Popish Plot, to the Death of King Charles II.
proceedings about withdrawing the toleration bill. Fitz-Harris' sham
Thomas Gonge. Contests about election of magistrates. Charter of
en up and destroyed. Mr. Baxter again in prison. Trial of Mr. Rose-
CONTROVERSY about laying on of hands. A dispute with the
and of Mr. Francis Cornwell; the effect of his visitation sermon. Mr.
THE quakers avail themselves of the declaration of indulgence;
State of the nation. The king begins his reign with arbitrary and
The princess's reply. He attempts the prince. His Highness's reply