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A96168 A brief narration of the practices of the churches in New-England. Written in private to one that desired information therein; by an inhabitant there, a friend to truth and peace. Published according to order. Weld, Thomas, 1590?-1662. 1645 (1645) Wing W1263; Thomason E298_20; ESTC R200239 15,892 20

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