Albany: Printed for the Author by G. Wood, 1826.
First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 12mo, pp. viii, --416, in original calf binding with red spine label. Boards rubbed, moderate foxing throughout, early ownership signatures on endpapers, binding sound. A scarce history of Universalism aimed at a general readership. "Thomas Brown (b. 1766), self-described medical electrician, was born into a Quaker family in New York City. In 1787 he became a member himself of the Society of Friends, but he relinquished his membership three years later and took up preaching as a Methodist. Brown traveled in 1798 from his home in Cornwall, New York, to visit the Shaker community at Niskayuna, also in that state, and soon became a convert, traveling frequently from Cornwall to Niskayuna until he left the sect in 1805. Seven years later he published a book about his years as a Shaker. Brown eventually settled in Troy, near Albany, and by 1815 he was studying the medical benefits of electrical charges. He received a patent the following year for an improvement to an electrical apparatus. Until at least 1830 Brown was working as a medical electrician in the vicinity of Troy. During this period he also published books on Judaism and Universalism" (Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Retirement Series, Vol. 13).