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OOXTAINING A STATEMENT OP TAR
ORIGIN, DEVELOPMENT, DOCTRINES, FORMS OF WORSHIP
IN THE WORLD.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES OF EMINENT DIVINES.
SAMUEL M. SCHMUCKER, LL.D.
REVISED AND ENLARGED
BY CHARLES DREW.
Nos. 217 AND 219 QUINCE STREET.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1859, by
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, in and for
the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1870, py
The design of the following work is essentially different from that of other publications on the same subject, which already exist. The larger and more extensive of these are composed of articles on the Religious Sects in the United States, which were written by members of the several donominations described, and are often expanded into immense length by reïterated and familiar arguments intended to demonstrate the truthfulness and Scriptural authority of the Sects to which the respective writers belonged. This method of treatment is much better suited to works on Polemic Theology, than to those which profess merely to contain a statement of opinions and a narrative of events. On the other hand, the smaller works which have appeared on this subject are superficial and in. complete; being generally made up of very short articles, of clippings from Encyclopedias and Biographical Dictionaries; and are utterly unfit to convey even to the general reader a satisfactory idea of the various subjects which come under consideration.