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A51956 The Church of England and the continuation of the ceremonies thereof vindicated from the calumnies of several late pamphlets, more particularly that entitled, The vanity, mischief, and danger of continuing ceremonies in the worship of God, subscribed by 1690 (1690) Wing M65; ESTC R4181 64,933 67

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