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BOSTON:
SAMUEL T. COBB, PUBLISHER,

NO. 45 CORNIILL.

1860.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1859, by

SYLVANUS COBB,

In the Clerk's Office of tho District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

LITHOTT PED BY COWLES AND COMPANY,

17 WASHINGTON STREET, BOSTOK.

BT 836 733 1860

PUBLISHER'S PREFACE.

Rev. Mr. Cobb, Editor of the “Christian Freeman," and respondent in this discussion, after long deliberation whether to accommodate the public interest or the wishes of his honorable opponent, in respect to the binding up of the "Argument” entire, with the “Reply,” at length yielded to the latter. His feelings were tender towards Dr. Adams; and as the Doctor persisted to the last in protesting against the binding up of bis part with the other, he omitted it from his edition of the book. He reasoned that, in doing so, there would be no essential good withheld from the public, inasmuch as he had reprinted, in his Reply, and duly explained all the texts of Scripture quoted by his opponent, and all his arguments. And he had the Doctor's testimony in a private note, that he “evidently strove to be fair and candid ; and the

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fact of his unwillingness that his part should be published in the book entire, Mr. Cobb regarded as a public acknowledge ment that, in the Doctor's own judgment, his “ Argument was answered.

For that first edition, it was indeed of less importanca that the “ Argument," in its separate embodiment, should go out in the book. The copies of the “ Christian Freeman," containing the whole, were then accessible in all parts of the country, so that reference could be made to Part I. of the Discussion, if any question should be raised. But that edition is exhausted, and as I have taken on myself the responsibility of stereotyping the work, and printing it in a permanent form, in which it will be doing its mission with posterity when the folio sheets and the

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