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William Penn. (1644–1718).  Fruits of Solitude.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Part II
The Conformist
249. It is reasonable to concur where Conscience does not forbid a Compliance; for Conformity is at least a Civil Virtue.  1
  250. But we should only press it in Necessaries, the rest may prove a Snare and Temptation to break Society.  2
  251. But above all, it is a Weakness in Religion and Government, where it is carried to Things of an Indifferent Nature, since besides that it makes Way for Scruples, Liberty is always the Price of it.  3
  252. Such Conformists have little to boast of, and therefore the less Reason to Reproach others that have more Latitude.  4
  253. And yet the Latitudinarian that I love, is one that is only so in Charity; for the Freedom I recommend is no Scepticism in Judgment, and much less so in Practice.  5


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