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Vlli DEDICATION. amidst a host of difficulties, and in defiance of the most powerful opposition. The rulers of those times persecuted them with wanton cruelty, in total contempt of every sacred law, of every just principle, and of every humane feeling. From these volumes you will learn, that the glorious cause of Nonconformity has been adorned by the holy lives of a mul- titude of good men ; has been consecrated by the blood of martyrs; and has been sanc- tioned by the approbation and protection of heaven. For their exalted attainments in piety, their assiduous researches in literature and divinity, and their unwearied exertions in the cause of God and their country, the Puritan divines are entitled to the admiration and reverence of every succeeding age. Our political freedom, our religious liberty, and our christian privileges, are to be ascribed to themmore than to any other body of men that England ever produced. When you learn