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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1833, By LUCIUS R. PAIGE, in the Clerk's office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

P R E S S OF WILLIAM A. HALL & CO. 21 Devonshire Street.

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MANY passages occur, in the New Testament, which, by some, are understood to indicate endless misery in the future life, and, by others, to indicate severe temporal judgments in the present life. In their interpretations of these passages, Universalists have been accused of wresting the Scriptures from their true import. And, not unfrequently, it has been remarked, that, if Universalists are correct in their expositions, it is unaccountable, that some of the pious and learned divines of the last two centuries should not have discovered the true meaning of the controverted passages. I do not mean that any reputable critic has urged this apology for an argument: but it is a favorite theme with many laymen; and some clergymen have not hesitated to adopt this expedient, to persuade their hearers that the views, exhibited of the Scriptures by Universalists, must necessarily be false; and that they are adopted and defended, merely to give some semblance of support to a favorite theory.

To remove this objection, and to exhibit the

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