Excerpt from Reasons for Withdrawing From Society With the People Called Quakers: With Additional Observations on Sundry Important Subjects; To Which Is Added a Friendly Expostulation, and Serious Considerations on Revelation, the Scriptures, War, Morality and Superstition
The/ensuing tracts were published at different times in Ireland, according to their respective dates, and are now oﬂ'ered to the British public in a collected form. I prefer exhibiting them in the plain dress, in which they origi nally appeared, Without attempting to give them/' any additional polish, or to collect the sentiments into a te gular series, because, in the present form, the reader may more clearly see the train of thought, as it arose, and as one idea led to another. My sole object is the investiga tion hf truth, and to promote a spiritiof serious and liberal enquiry; and in a pursuit of this important na ture, I have sought neither literary nor personal reputa tion. A desire to procure literary fame, or to preserve a personal reputation, frequently inﬂueri'ces an author to conform to the present fashion of the public taste, and to be more studious to please, than disposed to run the risk of offending by advancing bold, unpalatable truths, in an unadorned style yet I desire to ayoid a disposition to dogmatize, as I well know the weakness of human judg ment, when accompanied even with the'hest intentions.
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