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FOR BELIEVING IN
AN APPEAL FROM
BIGOTRY, SUPERSTITION, IGNORANCE AND
PROPER CANDOR, SOUND REASON,
A KEY TO THE BOOK OF
WITH SHORT NOTES ON THE SAME.
BY SAMUEL HUTCHINSON.
He that Judgeth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly
Prove all things; Hold fast that which is good.—1st
But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.-1st
PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR, BY ASA BARTON.
WHEREAS the Author was not favored in the
days of his youth, with an opportunity to study English Grammar, his knowledge in that science is imperfect. He therefore begs that his work may be excused from grammatical criticisms. But in point of doctrine, he seeks no shelter from scrutiny; but heartily submits his work to the CANDID, REASONABLE and UNDERSTANDING Investigation of any man in Christendom.
Now it came to pass, when I had received and acknowledged the idea of Universal Reconciliation, that I was very soon prosecuted on a kind of sham indictment, purporting that I had received a lie, and had become a deceiver. And as I desired to believe nothing but truth, I was willing to stand a fair trial, and receive just judgment, and abide by the same.
But when I came to trial, Behold! the court was composed of four abominable villains, whose names were Bigotry, Superstition, Ignorance, and Unbelief: and although I knew that such a court had no lawful authority to try any cause whatever, being self-made. Yet when I was called, I began my plea. But as soon as I had begun to speak, Bigotry cried out, "Away with ye: We'll hear nothing from ye," and stopped his ears. Superstition immediately joined him, saying, "We are determined to believe, and practise as our fore-fathers, and ministers have taught us, right or wrong, and will not hearken to any thing else." Then said Ignorance, "Aye, aye, for we know enough already, and we want none of your instructions." Unbelief also added, "It is danger9ous to trust wholly in the grace of God for salvation, or in Jesus Christ either, and if you do, you will all be eternally lost. And I charge you jury not to reason at all upon the subject." So I was immediately thrust away from the place of hearing.
Then the jury, which was composed of Calvinists, and Arminians, (without leaving their seats,) made out a verdict according to their charge,