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THE

WORKS

OP

JOHN ROBINSON,

PASTOR OF THE PILGRIM FATHERS.

WITH

A MEMOIR AND ANNOTATIONS

BY

ROBERT ASHTON,

SECRETARY OF THE CONGREGATIONAL BOARD, LONDON.

VOLUME I.

LONDON:

JOHN SNOW, 35, PATERNOSTER ROW.

1851.

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PREFACE.

The Committee of the Congregational Union of England and Wales originated the “Wycliffe Society" in 1843, for the purpose of reprinting "the more rare and important Tracts and Treatises of the Puritans and Nonconformists of Great Britain."

The Society was not able, from a variety of causes, to publish more than two volumes 8vo. of the intended series: one entitled “Tracts and Treatises of John de Wycliffe;" and the other, “ Select Works” of the Rev. David Clarkson, B.D.

Preparations had been made for reprinting the entire works of the Rev. John Robinson; but these were suspended till a more favourable opportunity should present itself for introducing them to the public.

A growing desire for Puritan History and Literature having been created, within the last few years, the subject of reprinting Robinson's Works was again considered by the Committee of the Congregational Union, and at their request a paper was read by the Editor at the Autumnal Assembly of the Union, held at Southampton, in October, 1850, containing proposals for the republication of the Works.

The project was approved by the Assembly, and the Editor was urged to complete his preparations.

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