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own minds, and weaken the moral principle. But the Quaker-poor, who are principled against such customs, can of course suffer no moral injury on these accounts. To which it may be added, that their superior knowledge both leads and attaches them to a superior conduct. It is a false, as well as a barbarous maxim, and a maxim very injurious both to the interests of the rich and poor, as well as of the state to which they belong, that knowledge is unpropitious to virtue.
Religion of the Quakers-Invitation to a patient
perusal of this part of the work-No design by this invitation to proselyte to Quakerism-All systems of religion that are founded on the principles of Christianity are capable, if heartily embraced, of producing present and future happiness to man—No censure of another's creed warrantable, inasmuch as the understanding is finite-Object of this invitation.
Having explained very diffusively the three great subjects, the Moral Education, Discipline, and Peculiar Customs of the Quakers, I propose to allot the remaining part of this volume to the consideration of their Religion.