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FELLOW OF THE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL
THIS MANUAL of John Milton is now most
justly inscribed, as the assertor and protector of the civil and religious rights of mankind. Who, with dangers compassed round, yet undismayed by the terrors of absolute power, the frowns of fortune, and the malignity of the times, never relinquished his principles; but, with consistency and fortitude, maintained those principles which at present enlighten the world, and give afsurances that human nature will be improved to the utmost of its faculties, resting with deity alone to fix their boundary.
A LOVER OF LIBERTY, HIS COUNTRY,
AND ITS ORIGINAL CONSTITUTION,
AS MOST NOBLY CONFIRMED
AT THE GLORIOUS REVOLUTION.
PA R L I A M E N T
COMMONWEALTH OF ENGLAND, WITH THE DOMINIONS THEREOF.
I have prepared, supreme council, against the much expected time of your sitting, this treatise ; which, though to all christian magistrates equally belonging, and therefore to have been written in the common language of christendom, natural dutie and affection hath confined, and dedicated first to my own nation: and in a season wherein the timely reading thereof, to the easier accomplishment of your great work, may save
much labour and interruption: of two parts usually proposed, civil and ecclesiastical, recommending civil only to your proper care, ecclefiaftical to them only from whom it takes both that name and nature. Yet not for this cause only do I require or trust to finde acceptance, but in a twofold respect besides : first, as bringing clear evidence of scripture and protestant maxims to the parliament of England, who in all their late acts,