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C. Francis

1837. from De. Allyn' Library

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AN ATTEMPT TO SHEW THAT POURING OR SPRINKLING IS A
SCRIPTURAL MODE; AND THE INFANTS OF BELIEVERS
ARE PROPER SUBJECTS OF THE BAPTISM INSTI-

TUTED BY CHRIST :

WITH AN

EXAMINATION OF VARIOUS OBJECTIONS.
PARTICULARLY THOSE CONTAINED IN A COURSE

ANONYMOUS LETTERS TO
BISHOP HOADLY.

1001

LIBRARY
ARVARD UNIVERSITY

BY JOSEPH LATHROP, D. D.
Pastor of the first Church in Westspringfield.

DIVIVITP

FIFTH EDITION,
REVISED, CORRECTED, AND MUCH ENLARGED.

BOSTON:
PUBLISHED BY ISAIAH THOMAS, JUN.

No. 6 MARLBORO -STREET.

Samuel Avery, Printer.

DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, TO WIT: Be it remembered, That on the twentysixth day of February, in the thirtyfifth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Is AIAH THOMAS, Jun. of the said district, has deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit : Discourses, on the mode and subjects of Christian Baptism. Or an attempt to shew that pouring or sprinkling is a scriptural mode; and the infants of believers are proper subjects of the baptism instituted by Christ : With an examination of various objections. Particularly those contained in a course of anonymous letters to Bishop Hoadly. By Joseph LATHROP, D.D. Pastor of the first Church in Westspringfield. Fifth edition revised corrected and much enlarged.

In couformity 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, “An act, supplementary to an act, intitled, Au act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts and books, to the authors and propria etors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned; and extending the benefits thereaf to the arts of designing, engraving and etching historical apd other prints."

WILLIAM S. SHAW, Clerk of the district

of Massachusetts.

PREFACE

THE following Discourses on BAPTISM, which, some years since, were published in substance, are now republished with some corrections, and considerable additions. The necessity of this republication is perhaps superceded by many excellent treatises, which, within a few years, have appeared on the same subject. This was an objection in the author's mind, against giving these Discourses a new edition. This objection, however, has been overruled, not merely by the urgency of requests, but also by an inclination, near the close of his life, to add his testimony to that of his brethren, in favour of a usage, which, on careful and repeated examination, he is fully convinced is agreeable to divine institution, and important to the continuance of the church of Christ.

We believe our antipedo baptist brethren to be in an errour. We consider their errour as

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