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ITS SUBJECT, ITS MODE, ITS HISTORY,
AND ITS EFFECTS UPON
CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS SOCIETY.
IN OPPOSITION TO THE VIEWS OF
MR. ALEXANDER CAMPBELL,
AS EXPRESSED IN A SEVEN DAYS' DEBATE WITH THE AUTHOR, AT
AND IN HIS SPURIOUS PUBLICATION OF THAT DEBATE,
AND OF A PREVIOUS ONE, OF TWO DAYS, WITH THE
REV. JOHN WALKER, OF OHIO.
AND IN OPPOSITION TO THE VIEWS OF THE CELEBRATED
MR. ROBINSON, AND OTHER BAPTIST AUTHORS.
BY W. L. M'CALLA,
Pastor of the Eighth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, and
PUBLISHED BY GEORGE M'LAUGHLIN.
In consequence of a general challenge, long published by Mr. Alexander Campbell, and at last accepted by the Author, a debate was held in Washington, Kentucky, in October, 1823, on Christian Baptism. With the expectation that it would last three hours, or a day at most, Mr. Campbell came prepared with a printed prospectus, promising that "All the arguments on both sides shall be faithfully and impartially detailed." As there was no stenographer, a detailed report was literally impossible; and, as the debate occupied seven days, instead of one, a detailed report would have been a losing, instead of a lucrative enterprise. He therefore published 6000 copies of the promised volume, in which all the speeches were composed by one man, in such a way as to answer the purpose of one party. Providence enabled me afterward to expose this forgery, in an Octavo volume of 150 pages, entitled "The Unitarian Baptist of the Robinson School exposed." To this he replied in a Duodecimo of 24 pages. An exposure of this pamphlet, and of the book which it is intended to support, is prefixed to the argument in this volume.
The public are already informed that want of time compelled me to omit, in the debate, much matter which had been prepared for it. This need not be suppressed in a printed publication. As Mr. Campbell's report has taken the liberty of making new speeches, in part, for himself, as well as entirely new ones for me, I shall, when necessary, answer such interpolations, or, at any time, strengthen the cause of truth, by introducing new matter on my part, and by very freely condensing the matter delivered on the stage.