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THE

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THEORY OF WILLIAM MILLER,

CONCERNING

THE END OF THE WORLD IN 1843,

UTTERLY EXPLODED.

BEING

FIVE DISCOURSES

BY OTIS A. SKINNER,

PASTOR OF THE FIFTH UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY IN BOSTON.

WITH

SOME OTHER ESSAYS

ON THE SAME SUBJECT.

BOSTON:

THOMAS WHITTEMORE,

37 CORNHILL.

BT 885 .p3f so cop. a

Entored according to Act of Congress, in the year 1840, by Thomas WHITTEMORE, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

PREFACE.

These sermons are published in the hope, that they may enlighten the community in regard to the important subjects which are therein discussed. William Miller was invited to deliver his lectures in the Baptist Meetinghouse in Cambridgeport; and many efforts were made to get up an excitement, miscalled a revival of religion. Several very respectable. citizens of that peaceful village, entirely disapproving the course of those who had introduced Mr. Miller into the place, and wishing to defend the sacred Scriptures against his manifest perversions, so fatally calculated to turn the Bible into ridicule, and lead men into infidelity, invited the Rev. 0. A. Skinner to prepare and deliver these discourses in that place ; and subsequently obtained the use of the Universalist Chapel for that purpose. Mr. Skinner reluctantly consented to discharge this duty, thinking it a poor compliment to the

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