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Extracted from Reviews.
This work having been respectfully noticed in several Periodical Publications, a couple of short extracts are here inserted. The first is from the Gospel Herald, (N. Y.) No. 14, for Nov. 18. 1826, Vol. vii.
“ The appearance of every thing,” says the editor, “ that may tend to enlighten mankind, and aid ip removing the gross darkness which has covered the human mind during the lapse of ages will be hailed with pleasure by the friends of improvement and free inquiry.
“The author appears to have kept constantly in view as his principle object, a plainness of speech to enable common readers to meet on level ground and by fair argument, the ‘bone and muscle' of orthodox sermonizers.7* ** “This work will prove a wholesome dose' for the sick, who are languishing amidst the pestilential effluvia, and groaning beneath the burden of modern orthodoxy. We recommend Dr. Brown's book to be taken in as large portions as the patient can possibly bear, and we sincerely hope it may prove (what the boasted medicines of the day have failed to be,) a sovereign remedy.”
From the Christian Intelligencer, (Portland,) Number for Dec, 16, 1826. Vol. VI. “ We think that Dr. Brown's History of Universalism contains a fund of useful information, and in a plain style, adapted to the instruction of common readers, for whom it appears to be principally designed.” &c &c.
The same may be said of his History of the Jews, which shows that Christ's predictions and denunciations of judgments, respecting these people, have no allusion to a future state of punishment, but to the calamities ihat befel them in the destruction of Jerusalem, and throughout their dispersion among all nations down to the present day; to which time the history is continued, and many prophetic passages of scripture clearly illustrated.
Notice.-The author has issued proposols for publishing another edition of his History of the Shakers, with improvements and additions. But few books have been more read than the first edition of this work, on account of the singularity of the religion of the people who are the subject of the history.
Several periodical publications and writers have noticed this work. The editors of the Port Folio or Magazine, (Philadelphia) Vol. VIII. after several
pages of observations concerning it, say, “We should do injustice to the author if we did not say, that no marks of intemperance or passion are visible in his writing; he appears to enquire anxiously after truth, and to use all possible means to enlighten himself on every subject of importance. These circumstances strongly recommend his writings.
“Totally unacquainted as we are with the author, we do not hesitate to say, that he writes and acts like a very sober good sort of a man.” &c. &c.'
An extract from the third volume of the Travels of Dr, Dwight, President of Yale College, says, The author appears to have written with a commendable spirit of moderation, and with strong appearances of integrity, and with a respectable share of good sense and information.” Professor Silliman's Tour from Hartford to Quebec.
" Mr. Brown appears to have written with candour and truth, and exbibits considerable ability,
ORIGIN AND PROGRESS
OF ALL MEN TO HOLINESS AND HAPPINESS, FULLY AND CLEARLY
PROVED FROM SCRIPTURE, REASON AND COMMON SENSE.
THE PRINCIPAL TEXTS OF SCRIPTURE, COMMONLY UNDERSTOOD.
TAE DREADFUL DOCTRINE OF ENDLESS MISERY INVESTIGATED,
0 Cyril S
of the Jews.
* Thou lovest all things that are, and abhorrest nothing which thou hast
ASTOR, LENOX AND
Northern District of New-York, ss.
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the fifth day of October, in the fifty-first year of the Independence of the United States of America, A. D. 1826, THOMAS BROWN, 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 History of the Origin and Progress of the Doctrine of Universal Salvation. Also, the Final Reconciliation of all men to holiness and happiness, fully and clearly proved from scripture, reason and common sense.And the principal texts of scripture, commonly understood to mean neverending punishment for sin, examined, and the true scriptural sense of them clearly explained. The dreadful doctrine of endless misery investigated, and the long controversy, whether or not all men will finally be saved, decided. By Thomas Brown, M. E. author of the History of the Shakers, Ethereal Physician, and History of the Jews. • Thou lovest all things that are, and abhorrest nothing which thou hast made, for never wouldest thou have made any thing if thou hadst hated it.?--Apocrypha. “It is decided that the world of mankind shall belong to Christ, and the whole race of mankind shall know, and love, and serve God, and reign with him forever.'-Wesley.”
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R. R. LANSING, Clerk of the Northern District of N. Y.
OR HEADS OF THE SEVERAL SUBJECTS.
Of the authors who are quoted in this work, mostly in the History, who have written some more and some less, in sup. port of the doctrine herein advocated (except three or four.) I bave classed all together, as Universalists, who have bem lieved in the final salvation of all men ; having paid no regard to their different sentiments how God will deal with souls hereafter to make them fit subjects of happiness.
Zoroaster, 232. St. Clemens, 233, St. Augustine, 234, 236. - St. Cyril, 234. St. Chrysostom, 234. St. Jerome, 235. St. Ignatius, 235. Origen, 237, 238, 239. Theodore, 238. Dr. Samuel Huber, 240, 245. Richard Copin, 245. Bishop Rust, 249. J. White, 250, 253. Chevalier Ramsay, 250. Archbishop Tillotson, 111, 250, 255. Dr. Thomas Burnet, 250. Dr. Cheyne, 250. Dr. Johnson, 250. Milton, 250. Pope, 250. Howard, the philanthropist, 250. Dr. Hartley, 231, 251. Bishop Sherlock, 252. Dr. Wm. Whiston, 253, 254, 256. Bishop Newton, 256, 381, 385.Sir James Stonehouse, 256, 320. Dr. Paley, 14, 256. R. Wright, 257, Dr. Browne, 257. Dr. Morgan, 257. Dr. Steed, 257. Dr. Watts, 83, 258. Paul Seig volck, 259, 319. Petitpierre, 260. Wm. Law, 262, 264. James Relly, 264, 325. John Murray,* 264 to 308, 326his death, 304. Mason writes in support of the doctrine, but not a Universalist, 275, 308. Gen. Greene, 305. Dr. Chauncey, 312 to 317. E. Winchester, 319 to 331_his death, 327, 340, 394. Dr. Franklin, 215, 325. Dr. Rush, 325. Dr. Priestley, 325. Gen. Washington countenances Winchester and Murray, 325, 326. John Wesley appears to be a believer, see 331 to 336. J. Huntington, 339 to 343. Wm. P. Smith, 347. Joseph Young, 347, 349. Lindsey, Grundy, Estlin, Yates, Belsham and Dr. Smith, 363. Hosea Ballou, 350. W. Balfour, 351. 'T. Bigelow, 356. T. Cotton. 361. A. Kneeland, 363.
* The writer wishes Universalists of the present day to particularly nolice Murray, pp. 317, 318. Universalists agree in so many things, they should not differ about non-essentials, and give enemies to the glorious doctrine we believe, cause to speak evil of it. The doctrine of universal salvation, and the final restoration, are both good, or infinitely better than the doctrine of the eternal existence of sin and misery. Murray, speaking of Winchester, says, Though we are not agreed in sentiment in every particular, we join in one glorious truth ; and on this ground I hail him as my friend and brother.” So do ye one to another, and all be united. Ste page 362.