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By MARY ANNE SCHIMMELPENNINCK,

AUTHOR OF THEORY ON THE CLASSIFICATION OF BEAUTY
AND DEFORMITY; DOM LANCELOT'S TOUR TO ALET, &c.

'Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for thrfir's
is the kingdom of heaven.

HonTion;

PRINTED FOR J. AND A. ARCH, CORNHILL.

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PREFACE.

The Narrative of the Demolition Of Port Royal Des Champs was originally written by way of sequel to The Tour to Alet.

It is only published as a distinct work, instead of a concluding volume to the new edition, in order to render it accessible to those who have already purchased the first edition, and who might not therefore wish to incumber themselves with the second.

We have chosen to begin abruptly as a fragment, rather than weary the Reader by a detail of all the litigations, chicanery, vexations, and oppressive decrees by which the Monastery of Port

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Royal des Champs was harassed for above fifty years; and by which were successively wrested from its possession, the House of Port Royal de Paris, and the principal part of its own revenues.

The three last articles of the Tour to A let will form a verv sufficient introduction to this volume, the Narrative of which will afterwards sufficiently explain itself.

Many of the readers of this little work, will, probably, like the Author, be far removed from the distinctive peculiarities of opinions and practices characterizing Catholicism or Jansenism. Nevertheless she trusts, that, with her, they will be ready to hail the genuine spirit of Christianity, amongst whatever denominations the individuals possessing it, may be found.

The History of Port Royal affords many bright examples of the paramount

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power of divine grace; it also exhibits a striking illustration of the inestimable value and importance of both religious and civil liberty, and of toleration; and it inculcates no less decided a lesson, on the duty of universally diffusing them, and of maintaining them sacred and inviolate.

MARY ANNE SCHIMMELPENNINCK.

Bristol,
December 3, 1815.

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