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He that is first in his own cause seemeth just ; but his neighöor corneo and searcheth him.—st. PAUL.
AS it would probably be expected that the writer of the following sheets on presenting them to the public, would assign his reasons for so doing, it will be proper to do this in the commencement of this preface, and in order to which, it will be necessary to give a brief sketch of the circumstances which gave them existence. An Universalist Periodical was commenced in June 1825, at Montrose, to be issued semi-monthly with the title of “ The Candid Eacaminer.” On being informed that the Editor held a reputation for candor & piety above the common grade of those editors with whom he ranked himself, the writer sought an opportunity of becoming acquainted with the merits of his work. On examination it did appear that the general spirit of the work was more candid and temperate than most works of that peculiar kind. The principles upon which the editor professed to conduct his work, he stated in his editoral address, thus: “We shall not hesitate, boldly, to oppose those theories which we consider as false, whose deleterious qualities are poisoning the streams of human enjoyment, but we shall not intentionally give unnecessary pain to our most virulent opposers; and while we assume the privilege of opposing what we consider erroneous, we give those whom we oppose an opportunity, in this paper, of supporting their own views, on condition of using candor in argument, decency in expression & a prolixity compatible with the size of this work,” (Vol. I. p. 2.) This proposition appeared quite plausible, and the language very moderate and pleasant: but being permitted to go on to his seventh number without meeting with any