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HIS EXPERIENCES AND PROGRESS IN RELIGION, HIS CHANGES
IN OPINION, AND REASONS FOR THEM.
AND FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1726.
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
If truth do anywhere manifest itself, seek not to smother it with glozing delusion,
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.
8th Month, 1836.