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AN ORIGINAL HISTORY

OF THE

RELIGIOUS DENOMINATIONS

AT PRESENT EXISTING IN

THE UNITED STATES.

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Entered, according to an Act of Congress, in the year 1844, by

JAMES Y. HUMPHREYS, AND CLYDE AND WILLIAMS,

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

C. Sherman, Printer,

19 St. James Street.

PREFACE.

The projector and compiler of this work, while examining many years since “ Histories of Religions,” and hearing numerous complaints by ministers and lay members of different denominations, that such books had unjustly represented their religion, was forcibly im. pressed, that a work like the one now offered to the public, was desirable and much needed : he then conceived the plan of obtaining the history of each denomination from the pen of some one of its most distinguished ministers or professors; thus affording each sect the opportunity of giving its own history-considering that a work thus prepared must be entirely free from the faults of misrepresentation, so generally brought against books of this character.

To supply this desideratum, and to furnish a comprehensive history of the religious denominations in the United States, and also to present to the public a book, as free as possible from all grounds of complaint, the projector, two years ago, made application to many of the most prominent divines and lay members of different denominations, for their views of such a work, receiving in all cases their approbation, and many at once consenting to aid, by writing or procuring the necessary articles.

It would be superfluous to say any thing in regard to the contributors to this work—they are too favourably known to their own sects to need it, and their names accompanying each article, is sufficient guarantee that justice has been done to all, so far as the projector was enabled to attain it.

It is presumed, that no writer in this work can have had any motive to wilfully misrepresent the doctrine of the denomination of which he is a member; it is admitted, that he may have been influ

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