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AUTHENTIC REPORT

OF THE

TESTIMONY

IN A CAUSE AT ISSUE

IN

THE COURT OF CHANCERY

OF THE

STATE OF NEW JERSEY,

BETWEEN

THOMAS L. SHOTWELL, COMPLAINANT,

AND

JOSEPH HENDRICKSON AND STACY DECOW, DEFENDANTS.

Taken pursuant to the rules of the Court,

BY JEREMIAH J. FOSTER,
MASTER AND EXAMINER IN CHANCERY.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

Vol. I.

PHILADELPHIA.
J. HARDINO, PRINTER, 36 CARTER'S ALLEY.

1831

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-one, by JEREMIAH J. Foster, in the Clerk's office of the District of New Jersey.

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Filed, November 13th, 1828, John Wilson, Clerk.

To his Excellency Isaac H. Williamson, Governor and Chancellor of

the State of New JerseyIN CHANCERY, Humbly complaining, showetu unto your Excellency your orator Joseph Hendrickson, of the county of Burlington, New Jersey, that the religious Society of Friends, or the people called Quakers, are an ancient and well known sect or body of christians, who date their origin in England in the seventeenth century under the auspices and influence of George Fox, who is generally considered the Founder of this religious society. That the Society of Friends, as a christian sect, hold doctrines in reference to christianity, which, like those of other sects, are in some measure common to all christians, and in other respects are peculiar to themselves. In what among protestants are commonly deemed the great essentials of christianity the religious sentiments of the Society of Friends, or people called Quakers, are in accordance with the doctrines commonly entertained by the other protestant sects of christians who arose after the dawn of the great protestant reformation in Europe. That some of these religious doctrines still are and always have been by the said religious Society of Friends, considered fundamental.

And your orator further showeth, that the said religious Society of Friends are duly organized under a certain regular form of government and rules of discipline, and under and by virtue of

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