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VIEW OF THE TRINITY.
AND ON THE
TRINITY IN UNITY OF THE GODHEAD;
Quotations from the primitive Fathers.
BY ETHAN SMITH,
PASTOR OF A CHURCH IN POULTNEY, (VT.)
"Immanuel,-God with us."
"In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
"Because he believeth not the record that God
gave of his Son."
PUBLISHED AND PRINTED BY SMITH & SHITE,
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
District of Fermont, To'wit:
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the seventeenth day of January, in the forty-eighth year of the independence of the United States of America, SMITH & SHUTE, of the said District, have deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit: "View of the Trinity.-A Treatise on the Character of Jesus Christ, and on the Trinity in Unity of the Godhead; with Quotations from the Primitive Fathers. Second edition. By ETHAN SMITH, Pastor of a church in Poultney, Vt. Immanuel,-God with us.' 'In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.' 'Because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son."" In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled "An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned."
J. GOVE, Clerk
Rev. Dr. Emmons".-"The Rev. E. Smith read to me, some time ago, his Treatise on the Character of Jesus Christ, and on the Trinity. I much approved of his sentiments; and am very desirous that his piece should be published; because I think it is ably executed, and directly calculated to refute some dangerous errors, which are at the present day industriously propagated.
Franklin, (Mass.) March 30, 1814."
Rev. Dr. Griffin's." I have had the pleasure of hearing the Rev. E. Smith read a considerable part of his Treatise on the Character of Jesus Christ, and on the Trinity; and am one of those, who have urged him to lay this work before the public. In my opinion it is the most ample, consistent, and satisfactory exhibition of the Filiation of Christ, that I have seen. The author has evinced an extensive acquaintance with the holy scriptures, and indefatigable industry in collecting their testimony. In this age of error, I cannot but think that the publication of this work may be of essential service to the cause of truth; and do heartily wish it a gene ral circulation, and the most distinguished success.
E. D. GRIFFIN.
Boston, (Mass.) March 23, 1814."
Rev. Dr. Morse's.-"I have examined with attention the Rev. E. Smith's work, entitled a Treatise on the Character of Jesus Christ, and on the Trinity.
In view of the errors of the times, of those particularly which have been spreading for some time past in this region, I consider this little volume as an excellent and very seasonable antidote to the poison of these errors. It is a work honorable to the tal ents, the industry, the piety, and candor of its author.
In this publication, I consider Mr. Smith as having rendered essential service to the Christian public, and that he has merited their thanks and patronage. I earnestly wish it may be read by all on either side, who feel an interest in the existing controversy on these great and fundamental doctrines of the gospel of Christ.
Charlestown, (Mass.) April 18, 1814.”
It is but justice here to inform the reader, in order that he may intelligibly peruse the following treatise, that for several years before the publication of the first edition, a certain branch of Unitarians in our land made a new attempt to promote the Unitarian interest, by advancing the scheme and arguments, against which this treatise directs its efforts. The scheme was conceived by its propagators to be in some important respects new; and calculated to reconcile all parties. It was vindicated with abilities, Some became proselytes ;-many were for a time stumbled ;-and considerable expectations seemed to be excited among Unitarians generally.
Regardless of names, or titles of books, this trea tise was designed to examine the new scheme ; and to trace and refute its arguments. It was thought to be best calculated for good, to lead the attention of the reader abstractedly to the sentiments and arguments of our opponents; without any consideration of names, or authorities. This plan was pursued.
Most of the arguments and sentiments of this work are such as apply to Unitarians of every description ;