Boston: Wm. Crosby and H. P. Nichols, 1850.
Fourth Edition. Hardcover. Small octavos. Three volumes. Volume I: xiv, 427 pages. Volume II: vi, 459 pages, . Volume III: vi, 494 pages, . Paper covered boards with titles on front and publisher advertisements on the back. Brown cloth spine with faded paper title labels. Light edge wear to the cloth spines. Boards are lightly edge and shelf worn. Cloth is split on the front joints volume 1, 3. Light damp stains to the covers of volumes 1 and 3. Toning to the end sheets. Light occasional toning to the text. Previous owner's patriotic black ink stamp on the right front flyleaf - "V. A. Houghton Cardiff N. Y." Good. Item #23472
William Ellery Channing (April 7, 1780 – October 2, 1842) was the foremost Unitarian preacher in the United States in the early nineteenth century and, along with Andrews Norton (1786–1853), one of Unitarianism's leading theologians. Channing was known for his articulate and impassioned sermons and public speeches, and as a prominent thinker in the liberal theology of the day. His religion and thought were among the chief influences on the New England Transcendentalists although he never countenanced their views, which he saw as extreme. He espoused, especially in his "Baltimore Sermon" of May 5, 1819, given at the ordination of the theologian and educator Jared Sparks (1789–1866) as the first minister of the newly organized First Independent Church of Baltimore, the principles and tenets of the developing philosophy and theology of Unitarianism, leading to the organization in 1825 of the first Unitarian denomination in America (American Unitarian Association) and the later developments and mergers between Unitarians and Universalists, resulting finally in the Unitarian Universalist Association of America in 1961.