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"He that is first in his own cause seemeth just: But his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.”
PUBLISHED BY BRADFORD AND READ,
AND BY JOHN BREWER, PROVIDENCE. ·
H. Mann & Co. Printers, Providenc
ASTOR, LENOX AND
DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, TO WIT
District Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the eighteenth day of November, A. D. one thousand eight hundred and thirteen, and in the thirty-eighth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Bradford and Read of the said district, have deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as Proprietors, in the words following, to wit: "Letters to the Rev. Ezra Stiles Ely, A M. Author of a Contrast between Calvinism and Hopkinsianism. By James Wilson, AM Pastor of the second congregational church in Providence " He that is first in his own cause seemeth just: but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him." In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, intitled, "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;" and also to an Act intitled, Act supplementary to an Act, intitled, 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; and extending the Benefits thereof to the Arts of Designing, Engraving and Etching Historical and other Prints."
WILLIAM S. SHAW, Clerk of the District of Massachusetts.
REV. EZRA STILES ELY, A. M.
YOUR "Contrast between Calvinism and Hopkinsianism" having been politely presented to me, by you, through my valued friend Mr. H. of this town, gratitude and the usual forms of civility require from me a suitable acknowledgment. How far the following letters, thus publickly addressed to you, are a becoming acknowledgment, remains for you and for the publick to decide. That your book is well intended, industriously compiled, curiously arranged, and contains a variety of judicious and interesting observations and criticisms, I can feel no hesitancy in openly acknowledging. But should I withhold further encomiums, it will, no doubt, be amply gratifying to you, to reflect, that your "Contrast," eulogized by names numerous, dignified and venerable, needs no support from my feeble pen and obscure name.
Upon first looking into your book, I was not a little surprized, to discover such a number of "Isms," industriously collected, and singularly arranged; for happening to open towards the latter part of it, I be