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DISCUSSION

OF THE

CONJOINT QUESTION,

18 THE DOCTRINE OF ENDLESS PUNISHMENT TAUGHT IN THE BIBLI'I
OR DOES THE BIBLE TEACH THE DOCTRINE OF THE FINAL HOLI-

NESS AND HAPPINESS OF ALL MANKIND?

IN

A SERIES OF LETTERS

BETWEEN

EZRA STILES ELY, D. D.,
Pastor of the Third Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia,

AND
A B E L C. THOMAS,
Pastor of the First Universalist Church, Philadelphia.

NEW-YORK:
PUBLISHED BY P. PRICE,

No. 2 Chatham-square.
STEREOTYPED BY J. S. REDFIELD,

1835.

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Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1835, by

P. PRICE, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District

of New-York.

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PREFACE.

The reader will probably desire to know what course was adopted by Rev. Drs. BRANTLEY, Tyng and BARNES, in relation to the proposal which led to the controversy between Rev. Dr. Ely and Mr. THOMAS. Let it suffice to remark, that Drs. Tyng and Barnes are not known to have given the slightest attention to the matter. Rev. Dr. BRANTLEY, in a note dated “January 30, 1834," stated in effect, that it would be azreeable to him, should his society approve of the course, to hear the sentiments of Univer. salists proclaimed in the meeting house of the First Baptist Church, in Second-street, Philadelphia-with the understanding that he should afterwards examine and criticise those sentiments in his own way and time. He also stated, that the house, which was undergoing some alterations, would "not be tenantable for two months to come.” Immediately after the receipt of this note, Blessrs. Thomas and Fuller presented a joint request for the use of the meeting-house, so soon as it could be occupied. To the letter containing this request, no answer has yet been received.

Rev. Ezra Stiles Ely is extensively and favourably known as a Presbyterian Clergyman, author of several Theological works, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, and editor of The Philadelphian. He is a graduate of Yale College, from which institution, we believe, he received the title and degree of Doctor in Divinity. In 1814, he was elected to the pastoral charge of the Third Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, which station he recently resigned, having accepted the appointment of Professor of Polemic Theology in Marion College, Missouri.

Rev. ABEL C. THOMAS commenced the Ministry of Reconciliation in December, 1828, at the age of 21 years. In April, 1829, he

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