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OF

PRIEST CRAFT

IN ALL AGES AND NATIONS.

BY WILLIAM HOWITT.

EDITED BY

A CLERGYMAN OF NEW-YORK.

Help us to save tree Gospel from the paw
Or hireling wolves, whose conscience is their maw.-MILTON,

LONDON:

PUBLISHED BY EFFINGHAM WILSON.

NEW-YORK:

REPRINTED FOR THE BOOKSELLERS.

18 33.

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ADVERTISEMENT.

This little work presents a concise and concentrated view of universal Priestcraft, to strengthen the present disposition to abate that nuisance in England: and, I think, it will be sufficient to establish any disinterested person in the conviction, that Priestcraft is one of the greatest curses which has afflicted the earth ; and in the persuasion, that till its hydra heads are crushed there can be no perfect liberty : for nothing is more certain than that priests have, in all ages, followed one system that of availing themselves of the superstitions of the people for their own interested motives; and nothing better attested than the crimes and delusions of that order of men treated of in this volume.

There will be some who will exclaim, Oh ! the author is a dissenter ! I am a dissenter; and one of the most sturdy and ceremony-despising class; and therefore, having deserted "the beggarly elements” of state creeds, am more anxious to release my fellow-men from the thraldom of state priests. I am a dissenter; and therefore, feeling the burden and the injustice of being compelled to support a system whose utility I deny, and whose corruptions need no proof, I have the greater reason to raise my voice against it.

Nottingham, June 4th, 1833.

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