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AND PUBLISHED AT THE REQUEST OF THE BRETHREN ATTENDING
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only
true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”—Jesus.
Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to itiit:
Be It Remembered, that on the sixth day of November, in the forty-third year of the independence of the U. States of America, A. D. 1818, Hev. Abner Kneeland, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit:
'' A Series of Le9Uires on the Doctrine of Universal Benevolence; delivered in the Universalist Church, in Lombard Street, Philadelphia, in the Autumn of 1818; and published at the request of the Brethren attending in said Church. By Rev. Abner Kneeland, Pastor. 'And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.' Jesus.''•
In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, " An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing' the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned." •—And also to the act, entitled, "An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled, ' An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, bysecuring the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned,' and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, enrraving•, and etching historical and other prints."
THE reader will please to take notice that nothing more than the substance o'i these Lectures has been committed to paper; and, perhaps, in some parts they are more concise than could have been wishfed; as many of the illustrations, as well as some of the arguments, arc omitted; but, as the principal object was to state the doctrine of universal benevolence, as believed by the author, rather than to defend it, if they are only so explicit as to be fully understood, this object is g;:incd: and the reader is referred to l)r. Lai-iiners Letter concerning the Logos, Dr. Priestley•s History of the Corruptions of Christianity, Di\ Taylor on Original Sin, tijc. and also the writings of the llev. Hosea liallou, now of Boston, particularly his Treatise on Atonement, for a defence of the same.
A few extracts have been made from the above writings, which, it is believed, have enriched the Lectures, and which, it is hoped, will be the means of bringing those works more into notice, particularly in this place.