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( UNTIL BETTER SHALL BE PROPOSED )
GRAIN COAST OF AFRICA,
THE THIRD EDITION.
H i HI I III II I I I II I III . ]) P.D'iff^
P R E F A C E.
MOST of the following regulations are mere temporary expedients, devised, indeed, with sincere intention to promote the happiness of the new settlement in its infant state \ but subject, nevertheless, ejtber to be entirely set aside, rejected in part, or altered on revision, according to the prevailing sentiment, from time to tjme, of the majority of the settlers, after mature deliberation in their common Councilt because they themselves will certainly be the most competent judgej of their own situation .and affairs j and, of course, will be best able to propose the most effectual temporary measures and expedients for their own safety gnd welfare.
But whatever alterations they may hereafter think necessary, or more con~ duciVe to their happiness or profit, they most be careful not to adopt any regulations lations that arc at all inconsistent with the fundamental principles of the Cornmon Law of England because the majority of the settlers have been sent out at the expence of the British Government, which Is restrained by the fundamental and unalterable principles of the British state, from establishing or promoting any form of government, even in the most: distant part of the world, that is at all inconsistent with its own excellent constitution either in church or state: and therefore it is not only the Common Law of England which the settlers ought, of right, to adoprand retain; but, for the fame reason, they must be careful also not to' establish any Religion that is inconsistent with the religious EJlablifiment of England,though, as individuals, they are certainly entitled to a perfect liberty of conscience, and to a free exercise of their several modes of worship in private assemblies; but not as public, or equal establishments. For the Common Law of England, and she ejlabiifl:ed Religion of England, are really more closely connected together
than thari is either generally conceived by the good people of England at large, or .than is ordinarily apprehended even by the learned professors themselves, of the two excellent establishments; both of .them being built on the very same principal foundations which were laid by The Lord Of The Universe, for the correction and limitation of all other foundations, viz. Natural And Revealed Religion. Let not the meanest and most ignorant member of the new settlement despair of obtaining a sufficient comprehension of all that is necessary for him to know, either of the only Religion, or of the only civil Polity which the government of England may /aitfully favour and establish, if he will but sincerely endeavour to exert and improve his natural knowledge of Good and Evil, and to compare and discern Right from Wrong, and Truth from Falsehood. .For such a manly exertion of natural reason or conscience is properly Natu« Ral Religion, the first foundation of our Common haw, that by which we are required to dilcern justice from injustice,