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An Account of the
Reformation of Manners,
LONDON and WESTMINSTER,
Perfons of all RANKS,
Zealous and Diligent in Promoting the Execution
A National Reformation.
Published with the Approbation of a
Who is on the Lord's fide, let him come unto me? Exod. 32. 20.
LONDON: Printed for B. Aylmer, at the Three Pigeons
Pickering 5-18-29 19270
By the King,
For Preventing and Punishing
Immorality and Prophanenefs.
bereas We cannot but be deeply Sensible ofthe great Goodness and Mercy of Almighty God, in putting an End to a Long, Bloody and Expensive War, by the Conclufion of an Honourable Peace, fo We
are not lefs touched with a Resentment, that notwithstanding this and many other
great Bleffings and Deliverances, Impiety, Prophaneness and Immozality do ftill abound in this Dur Kingdom: And whereas nothing can prove a greater Dishonour to a well ozdered Government, where the Chriftian Faith is Profeffed, noz is likelier to provoke God to withdraw his Mercy and Bleflings from Us, and intead thereof, to inflict heavy and severe Judgments upon this Kingdom, than the open and avowed Practice of Wice, Immozality and Prophaneness, which amongst many Men has too much prevailed in this Dur Kingdom of late Pears, to the high Displeasure of Almighty God, the great Scandal of Chriftianity, and the ill and fatal Example of the rest of Dur Loving Subjects, who have been Soberly Educated, and whole Inclinations would lead them to the Exercile of Piety and Wirtue, did they not daily find füch frequent and repeated Inftances of Diffolute Living, Prophaneness and Impiety, which has in a great Measure been occafioned by the Neglect of the Magiftrates not putting in Execution those good Laws which have been made for Suppreffing and Punithing thereof, and by the ill Example of many in Authority, to the great Dishonour of God, and Reproach of our Religion: Wherefoze, and foz that we cannot expect In= create oz Continuance of the Bleflings We and Our Subjects Enjoy, without Providing Remedies to prevent the like evils foz the future, We think Dur Selves bound