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BY HOSEA BALLOU, OF BARNARD ;
Woodstock, Hartland, Bethel and Bridgewater.
AUTHOR OF A PAMPHLET, ENTITLED
• Notes on the Parables of the New-Testament.”
« For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be
ic And there shall be no more death."
A LETTER TO THE READER.
KNOW it is frequently the case, when a perfon takes a new work in hand, he first casts his eye over the title page, and if he finds no word on it that indicates perverse sentiments ; and the name, or denomination, of the author is agreeable, he may think of having patience to read it ; but, being something in a hurry, passes slightly over the preface, supposing it to be of little consequence. But what sensations may have struck your mind, on reading the title of this Book, and finding it to be the intention of the author to prove the doctrine of universal holiness and happiness, through the mediation and power of atoning grace, I cannot fay; however, I would invite you to read, with candor and attention, not only this letter, but the whole of the work, and make up your judgment afterwards,
Many circumstances might be mentioned, which, in their association, have induced me to write and publish the following treatise ; but I can say, with propriety, that the central object was that, in which I always find the most happiness, yiz. to do what I find most neceffary, in order to render myself most useful to mankind.
I have, from my early youth, been much in the habit of inquiring into the things of religion, and religious fentiments ; and have, for a number of years, seen, or thought I faw, great inconsistencies, in what has, for a long time, pailed for orthodoxy in divinity.