Excerpt from An Examination of Universalism, Embracing Its Rise and Progress, and the Means of Its Propagation
It is 'believed that this work, for the most part, passes over ground heretofore unoccupied by any other writer. It has been attended to amid all the duties of a minister of the gospel; some times, for weeks together, no opportunity being afforded to write a sentence of the work, and what we had previously written being often forgotten when we have taken the pen again: this may, in part, account for a few unnecessary repetitions. The sole design 'has been to place a few facts, in a plain manner, before the people, respecting the history and propagation of what we, in all honesty, believe to be a soul-destroying error.
When a work appears against their errors, it is the policy of Universalist editors to forestall the minds of their people by ring ing changes upon the words slander, misrepresentation, bigotry, ignorance, 8l0. No writer need care but little for this, as it has but little inﬂuence beyond the readers of the Banner and Trumpet. In respect to this work, Mr. Drew, of the Banner, commenced forestalling public Opinion, some months since, by as. Serting that the originals from which it is to be taken are Hat field's and M. H. Smith's books. This, doubtless, many of the readers of the Banner will ever believe, although there are but two or three very brief extracts from these authors in the book.
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