Reed, John. An Apology for the Rite of Infant Baptism, and for the usual Modes of Baptizing; In which, An attempt is made to state fairly and clearly the Arguments in proof of these doctrines; and also to refute the objections and reasonings alleged against them by the Rev. Daniel Merrill, and by the Baptists in general. Providence: Heaton & Williams, . First Edition. 
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This is a close examination of the controversy regarding baptism. It defends the position of the Congregational churches.
John Reed, D.D. (1751-1831), b. at Framingham, Mass., graduated at Yale College in 1772. He served as a Chaplain in the Navy during the Revolution for two years, became pastor of the First Congregational Society at West Bridgewater, MA., in 1780, and was elected as a Federalist to the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Congresses (1794-1801). He resumed his pastoral duties in 1801, and was pastor at West Bridgewater until his death in 1831. In 1803 Brown University awarded him a doctorate degree. Dr. Reed adopted Arminian views after leaving Yale, and later, Unitarian ones.