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ABRIDGED FROM THE WRITINGS OF JOHN COUCH,
WILLIAM SEWELL, &C.

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HISTORY

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CHAP. I.

r'KOU THE DECLARATION OF INDULGENCE TO T«« DEATH OF KINO CHARLES II.

THE Dutch war being ready to break out (1672) the King, by the advice of his counsellors, seizes the opportunity, under colour of promoting domestic peace, while engaged in foreign war, to issue his proclamation for suspending the executioa of the penal laws against nonconformists.

Those friends who were at liberty, arid free from the oppression of the penal laws, could not help seeling for their brethren under restraint, many of whom had been kept immured in uncomfortable prisons for several years. And as the present disposition, of government in savour os nonconformists presented an-opportunity to intercede in their behalf, some of the principal members in London, viz, George Whitehead, Thomas Moor, and Thomas Green, attended the King and council to solicit the discharge of their suffering friends, and were so' successful as to obtain the King's letters patent, containing a discharge for all such to whom he wight legally grant the same, whereby all that were

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