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PREFACE. TO, THE REFORMED CHURCHES OF CHRIST, WHICH THE RISE AND
PROGRESS OF THOSE CONTROVERSIES IN BELGIUM, FOR THE REMOVAL OP
WHICH THIS SYNOD WAS ESPECIALLY HELD, ABE BRIEFLY AND FAITHFULLY
RELATED. INTRODUCTION TO THIS PREFACE. BY THE AUTHOR. In perusing
this preface, and the history contained in it, the reader should
especially recollect, that it was drawn up and published by the
authority and with the sanction of the States General, and the
Prince of Orange, as well as by that of the Synod itself; and that,
in every part of it, the actb, or public records in which the
events recorded were registered, are referred to, with the exact
dates of each transaction. No history can therefore be attested as
authentic, in a more satisfactory and unexceptionable manner: for,
whatever degree of coloring prejudices or partiality may be
supposed to have given to the narration; it can hardly be
conceived, that collective bodies, and individuals filling up such
conspicuous and exalted stations, would expressly attest any thing
directly false; and then appeal to authorities, by which the
falsehood of their statement might at any time be detected and
exposed. It should also be remembered, that prejudices and
partiality would be as likely to color the account given to the
world, and transmitted to posterity by the opposite side; while the
very circumstances, in which they were placed, would render it
impracticable for them to substantiate the authenticity of their
narrative in the same manner. Yet, contrary to all rules of a sober
and unbiassed judgment, the unauthenticated histories of the
Remonstrants concerning the Synod of Dort have, almost exclusively,
been noticed and credited by posterity, especially in this country,
to the neglect of the authentic records. In giv...
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