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REV. HOSEA BALLOU;
ACCOUNTS OF HIS WRITINGS,
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF HIS SENIORS AND EARLY CONTEN-
PORARIES IN THE UNIVERSALIST MINISTRY.
“I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST." — Rom. 1: 16.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1855, by
TO VOLUME FOURTH.
I CANNOT send out this fourth and last volume of the biography of Hosea Ballou, without offering up a deep and heartfelt thanksgiving to my Heavenly Father, for permitting me to bring it to a close. To his mercy am I indebted for all I have enjoyed of health and earthly good, and for what I have been able to accomplish for the truth throughout my days.
My great object in this work has been to give a succinct and accurate biography of the man: a history of his rise and standing in the denomination of Universalists ; the position he held with his contemporaries, among whom must be included many of the fathers as well as the later preachers; the influence he exerted on the denomination and the country at large ; a fair account of his opinions and his manner of defending them ; with a just view of his amiable, honorable, Christian life. I have not sought to praise him, but to tell the truth; yet, in describing the character of a good man, it is difficult to avoid the form of praise.
I have sought to make the work as much as possible an autobiography. I would not intimate that I have ever had the slightest sketch of an autobiography of the man placed in my hands. What I intend to say is, that I had been in the habit, for more than thirty years before he died, of almost daily intercourse with him ; I had recorded and preserved all the scraps and fragments I had heard him utter, from time to time, in re