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BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the eigh(L. S.) teenth day of April, in the fortieth year of the Independence of the United States of America, MENZIES RAYNER, of the said District, hath deposited in this Office the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as Author, in the words following, to wit : "A Dissertation upon Extraordinary Awakenings, or Religious Stirs ; Conversion, Regeneration, Renovation, and a Change of Heart; Conference Meetings; Extraordinary Gifts in Extempore Prayer; Evangelical Preaching, &c. &c. By the Rev. Menzies Rayner, Rector of St. Paul's and St. Peter's Churches, in Huntington, (Conn.) "Believe not every spirit: but try the spirits, whether they are of God". 1 John iv. 1. To which is added, an Appendix :" 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."

Clerk of the District of Connecticut.

A true Copy of Record, examined and certified by me.

Clerk of the District of Connecticut.

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WE the undersigned, having examined the Work entitled " a Dissertation upon extraordinary awakenings, or religious stirs," &c. do hereby express our entire approbation of the same; and believing it calculated to give correct ideas of the subjects concerning which it treats, do hereby recommend it to the patronage of the members of the Episcopal Church and to the careful perusal of all sincere inquirers after religious truths.

(Signed by)


Rector of St. John's Church, Bridgeport. Rev. DANIEL BURHANS,

Rector of Trinity Church, Newtown. Rev. BIRDSEY G. NOBLE,

Rector of Christ Church, Middletown.

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THE following brief Dissertation, upon the subjects mentioned in the title-page, together with the Appendix, is presented to the public, with the view, not as some (who have seen the prospectus) have supposed, to oppose the spirit of religion; but rather to promote a spirit of religious inquiry, and of rational and pious devotion. In reprehending opinions and practices which he views to be erroneous, and in detecting misrepresentations, the Author has aimed to be plain and unequivocal, yet moderate, even where severity might perhaps have been justifiable. He highly prizes the blessings of friendship, and of Christian and social intercourse, among all the professors of religion. He still more highly values the truth as it is in Jesus; earnestly wishing its universal diffusion, and the united conformity of all mankind to its heavenly dictates.

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