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TO WHICH IS
PREFIXED A BRIEF SKETCH OF THE AUTHOR'S LIFE.
Read me with care; then with candor, forsooth,
BY LEWIS C. TODD.
Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1845,
By L. C. TODD,
The reader should be informed, that this work is not designed mainly to prove universal salvation, or to disprove endless misery; though this question is incidentally discussed in connexion with the subjects of controversy. That work has been done by Ballou, Balfour, Whittemore, Rogers, and others, and little probably can ever be added to their arguments. But several other elementary subjects of great and engrossing interest, intimately connected with the main question, remained, as was conceived, not sufficiently elucidated, and not as generally understood as they should be. I am aware, that on some of these points, I differ from some popular Universalist writers. But I consider it proper to pursue my own judgment; and, lay before the public, the result of my own reflections with perfect independence; as we acknowledge no infallible guide but reason and scripture. In some things, I may have erred; for “to err is human," but I have endeavored to be right, and trust this work contains no very pernicious errors. Many of my subjects deserved a more extended argument, but as I did not wish to risk a large and expensive Book, it seemed necessary to give the main arguments briefly, and omit much which might have added to the strength of the positions. I have originated generally what I have writ