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SECTION XXIV.-VISITS NANTUCKET.

It was not far from this time that Mr. Ballou made a visit to the island of Nantucket. There had arisen a dissatisfaction there between some individuals of wealth and the clergyman of the principal society; and they, from opposition to their former clergyman (not the most honorable motive), resolved to form a new society. The fate of this society was what might have been expected under such circumstances, it flourished for a few years, then dwindled and died. Whether the event we are about to relate took place at the first visit of Mr. Ballou to the island, we are not prepared to say. He was on his return home, had crossed to the main land, and taken the stage, we believe, at New Bedford. A stranger who was in the coach commenced conversation with him.

Stranger. "Are you from Nantucket, sir." "I am," replied Mr. B.

Stranger. "Is there any news at the island?"

"I heard none," said Mr. B. "There might be much news, and I not hear of it."

Stranger. "Ah! well! They say old Ballou is down there preaching; did you hear anything about him?"

"He has been preaching there, sir."

Stranger. "Large congregations, I suppose; did you hear him, sir?"

"I did, sir, several times."

Stranger. "Well, I don't like him; he's coarse in his preaching; he don't believe in any future punishment; he holds that all men will go to heaven when

they die, just as they leave this world; I don't like him. There's Mr. Dean, I think he is a very fine man, a gentleman, I should like to hear him preach."

"Did you ever hear Mr. Ballou preach ?" said Mr. B., very calmly.

Stranger. "No! no, sir, I never heard him preach; I have no desire to hear him preach; but I should be gratified at an opportunity to hear Mr. Dean. ever hear Mr. Dean, sir?"

"Yes, sir, I have heard him several times."

Did you

Stranger. "Well, he is a fine man, sir, a gentleman; but Ballou I do not like at all; he preaches a horrid doctrine."

"And what does he preach, sir, that is horrid ?"

Stranger. "O, he holds that all men will go to heaven at once, when they die."

"Well, sir, suppose they do, is that horrid? Is it not very desirable to have all men become holy and happy?"

Stranger. "Ah, sir, but he holds that men will go to heaven in their sins."

"But, sir, you have confessed that you never heard him preach; how do you know he preaches in that manner?"

Stranger. "O! I have heard so, a thousand times." "But you may be misinformed, my friend. I am quite confident Mr. Ballou holds no such doctrine. If you were to put the question to him, I think he himself would say he held to no such doctrine."

Stranger. "I am surprised. Well, what does he hold to, then?"

"I think if he were here, he would say he did not believe, what you have attributed to him, that men are to go to heaven in their sins. I am quite confident he would not (almost tempted to reveal himself). He would probably say he held that men are to be saved from their sins."

Stranger. "Well, you seem to know. Will you let me ask where you live?"

"I live in Boston, sir."

Stranger. "Do you attend a Universalist church?" "I do, sir."

Stranger. "What church do

"I attend Mr. Ballou's, sir."

you

attend?"

Stranger. "Are you intimately acquainted with Mr. Ballou, sir?""'

Here was the point for the denouement, and Mr. Ballou replied, amiably,

"My name is HOSEA BALLOU, my friend!

The stranger looked as if he would gladly have shrunk under the seat on which he sat, if it had been possible. He sought to stammer out an apology; but what could he say? If he had said, "Sir, excuse me, I did not know it was Mr. Ballou," it would have been a mere confession that he would not knowingly have said those things in Mr. Ballou's presence, but he was perfectly willing to say them in his absence. So bigotry and impudence sometimes get punished. Mr. Ballou was very quiet, and uttered not a recriminating word; but the stranger felt so deeply embarrassed, that every kind expression from Mr. B. only added to the man's confusion, and he left the coach at the first convenient place,

without intimating to Mr. Ballou that he was going to

part from him.

SECTION XXV.

UNIVERSALIST PERIODICALS IN 1824.

As the Universalist Magazine had led off in the matter of newspapers devoted to the subject of Universalism, it seems to belong to a true history of Mr. Ballou's influence, to show how this class of publications increased. In 1824 there were the following:

"Universalist Magazine, published weekly at Boston, quarto, $2.50 per annum, or $2 if paid at the commencement of the volume. Rev. H. Ballou, H. Ballou, 2d, and Thomas Whittemore, editors.

"The Gazetteer, published weekly, at the city of Philadelphia, 8 pages quarto, $3 per annum. Rev. Abner Kneeland, editor. Gospel Herald, published weekly, at the city of New York, 8 pages royal octavo, $2 per annum. Mr. Henry Fitz, editor.

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"Christian Repository, published once in two months, at Reading, Vt., 48 pages duodecimo, $1 per annum. Rev. S. C. Loveland, editor.

"Christian Intelligencer, published semi-monthly, at Portland, Me., 4 pages quarto, $1 per annum. Rev. Russell Streeter,

editor.

* The publisher of the Universalist Magazine said, in an address to his patrons, published this year: "As soon as it was known in different parts of the heritage of our common Lord that the Magazine was well encouraged, it was an inducement to the brethren in different states, who were equally desirous of promoting the common cause, and of contributing their labors and exertions to help forward with the good work, with ourselves, to commence similar publications, and to use all suitable means to obtain the public patronage. And, wonderful as it may seem, no less than a dozen have since been projected, and sent forth to enlighten the public hemisphere, to warm and fertilize the mental regions with the fruits of righteousness."

"Religious Inquirer, published semi-monthly, at the city of Hartford, Conn., 8 pages royal octavo, $1 per annum.

"Evangelical Repertory, published monthly, at Charlestown, Mass., 16 pages octavo, 75 cents per annum. Rev. Edward Turner, editor.

"Gospel Advocate, published weekly, at Buffalo, N. Y., 8 pages royal octavo, $2 per annum. Rev. Thomas Gross, editor. "Herald of Salvation, published semi-monthly, at Watertown, N. Y., 8 pages royal octavo, $1 per annum. Rev. Pitt Morse,

editor.

"Gospel Inquirer, published semi-monthly, at Little Falls, N. Y., 8 pages royal octavo, $1 per annum. Rev. George B. Lisher, editor.

"Messenger of Peace, published semi-monthly, at Hudson, N. Y., 8 pages royal octavo, $1 per annum. Rev. R. Carrique, editor.

"Rochester Magazine and Theological Review, published monthly, at Rochester, N. Y., 16 pages octavo, $1 per annum. Rev. J. S. Thompson, editor.

"Christian Telescope, published at Providence, R. I., 4 pages quarto, weekly. Rev. D. Pickering, editor."

SECTION XXVI.—

ENCOURAGING FACTS.

Besides the removal of Rev. Mr. Streeter to Boston, there were some other encouraging facts as to affairs in the vicinity of Boston. A hope sprung up at one time that Rev. Elias Smith would cease to be unstable, and become of use to the denomination. True, the hope was doomed to disappointment, but it gave comfort at first. He said he felt in his own soul, since he had become a Universalist, that he had reached a place of rest, and that he should wander no more. To use his own language:

"The Scriptures foretell an end of transgression and sin: That

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