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SELECT SERIES,
BIOGRAPHICAL, NARRATIVE,

EPISTOLARY,

AND

MISCELLANEOUS:

CHIEFLY THE PRODUCTIONS OF

EARLY MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS:

INTENDED TO ILLUSTRATE

THE

SPIRITUAL CHARACTER OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST.

EDITED BY
JO H N BARCLAY.

The kingdom of God is not in word but in power.-1 COR. IV. 20.

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LONDON:
DARTON AND HARVEY,

GRACECHURCH-STREET.

MDCCCXXXVI.

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AND

POSTHUMOUS WORKS

OF

RICHARD CLARIDGE;

BEING

Memoirs and Manuscripts

RELATING TO

HIS EXPERIENCES AND PROGRESS IN RELIGION, HIS CHANGES

IN OPINION, AND REASONS FOR THEM.

COLLECTED BY

JOSEPH BESSE,

AND FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1726.

THIRD EDITION.

Prove all things, hold fast that which is good.-1 Thess. v. 21.

A man may be allowed to change his opinion at any time, upon good reason; and
no length of days, no multitudes nor authority of men ought to prescribe against
the truth.-William Tilly's Sermon at Oxford Assizes, 1705.

If truth do anywhere manifest itself, seek not to smother it with glozing delusion,
acknowledge the greatness thereof, and think it your best victory, when the same
prevails over you.--Hooker's Preface to Ecclesiastical Polity, sect. 9.

LONDON:

DARTON AND HARVEY,

GRACECHURCH-STREET.

1836.

LONDON :

JOSEPH RICKERBY, PRINTER,

SHERBOURN LANE.

ADVERTISEMENT.

Richard Claridge's Life as now republished, is nearly a verbatim transcript of the first edition. A second came out in 1757; both of them having this addition to the title: "With Essays in Defence of several principles and practices of the people called Quakers.” But it was found that these Essays, if subjoined to the present volume, would have swelled it to about twice its size, and probably impeded its circulation. The hope, however, is entertained, that at least a Selection from these, as well as from the other valuable productions of so clear, forcible, and experimental a writer on doctrinal truth, may very acceptably be revived in the same cheap, compact form, and laid before the public and the Society of Friends in particular, at the present juncture.

JOHN BARCLAY.

Stoke Newington,

8th Month, 1836.

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