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LEGAL ARGUMENT

ON THE

Statute,

1 st WILLIAM and MARY, Chapter 18,

INTITULED,

AN ACT FOR EXEMPTING THEIR MAJESTIES' PROTESTANT

" SUBJECTS, DISSENTING FROM THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND,

FROM THE PENALTIES OF CERTAIN LAWS;"

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COMMONLY CALLED

THE ACT OF TOLERATION.

BY A BARRISTER AT LAW,

OF LINCOLN'S INN,

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR J. BUTTERWORTH, FLEET STREET;

AND J. HATCHARD, PICCADILLY

1812.

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LEGAL ARGUMENT,

&c. &c.

IN the numerous discussions on the Toleration Act, to which recent events have naturally given birth, the author of the following pages has perceived, or thought that he has perceived, that in several quarters, a very remarkable degree of misapprehension has prevailed with respect to that important measure. And after making every allowance for the prejudices that have generally involved any question connected with religious differences, and for the mistakes which the heat of party never fails to engender, he believes, that even candid and learned persons have fallen into considerable errors, as to the true construction and legal effect of a Statute, which seems only to require a calm consideration, in order to be rightly understood. It has therefore occurred to bim, that it may not be deemed either an useless, or an unseasonable task, at this particular crisis, to attempt a plain exposition of such of its enactments, as are applicable to the great body of Protestant Dissenters of this country, and a

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