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(without typos) from the publisher. 1861. Excerpt: ... HISTOET OF
THE RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS. CHAPTER I. FRIENDS IN ENGLAND.
1660-61. The restoration of Charles II. to the throne of his
ancestors, in the year 1660, was an event of deep interest to the
society of Friends, and was hailed with joy hy the nation at large;
for they hoped under his reign to enjoy the advantages of a stable
government, and the security of law. The king, by his courteous
manners and great affability, gained the affections of the people,
and soon became exceedingly popular; but, unhappily, these amiable
qualities were counteracted by extreme levity of disposition,
indolent habits, and licentious morals. The courtiers who
surrounded him being generally disposed to imitate his deportment
and encourage his vices, there was a sudden change in the manners
of the court, passing from the rigid austerity of the Puritans, to
the opposite extreme of gay frivolity and unblushing immorality.
There is reason to believe that the king was not disposed to be a
persecutor, but, on the contrary, was II.--2 (13) desirous to
.conciliate all parties, and to heal the wounds in the body politic
by clemency and toleration. With this view, when about to embark
for England, he issued from Breda a proclamation granting a free
and general pardon to all his subjects who within forty days should
publicly declare their return to loyalty and obedience, excepting
only such offenders as should be excepted by Parliament. Freedom of
conscience was also promised in the following clause, viz.: "We do
declare a liberty to tender consciences, and that no man shall be
disquieted or called in question for differences of opinion in
matters of religion which do not disturb the peace of the kingdom,
and that we shall be ready to consent to such an act of Parliament,
as upon mature deliberation shall...
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