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REV. JESSE APPLETON, D. D.
LATE PRESIDENT OF BOWDOIN COLLEGE.
DELIVERED AT THE ANNUAL COMMENCEMENTS,
FROM 1808 to 1818 ;
SKETCH OF HIS CHARACTER.
MAINE DISTRICT. BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the twenty-fourth day of (L. S.) April, A. D. 1820, in the forty fourth year of the Independence
of the United States of America, JOSEPH GRIFFIN, of the Maine District has deposited in this office, the title of a Book, the right where. of he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit;
“ ADDRESSES BY Rev. JESSE APPLETON, D. D. LATE PRESIDENT OF BowdoiN COLLEGE. DELIVERED AT THE ANNUAL COMMENCEMENTS FROM 1808 TO 1818; WITH A SKETCH OF HIS CHARACTER.”
In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, enti. tled, “ An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned.” And also to an Act, entitled " An Act, supplementary to an Act, entitled an Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned ; and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical, and other prints.”
JOHN MUSSEY, Jun.
It need not be mentioned, for the information of any intelligent individuals, who were accustomed to attend at the annual commencements of BowdOIN COLLEGE, that the general impression, produced by the ADDRESSES delivered on those occasions by President APPLETON, with regard to the importance, as well as the treatment, of their topics induced a very extensive desire for their publication ; with a view to secure their preservation in a more permanent form and thereby to promote the valuable purposes contemplated in their preparation—which were by no means limited to the interest of the day.
For this purpose therefore an application was accordingly made to the President by the graduates of the institution, through the medium of a committee appointed by them at the commencement in 1818,
In the course of Providence it occurred that this was the last anniversary of the institution, at the celebration of which he officiated. Although the application for the series to that period, was not suggested by any apprehension of its immediate termination, it certainly bore an interesting and affecting relation to that impending event by which their prosecution was interrupted. Of that event it would almost appear, that a prophetic anticipation was entertained by the President himself in the emphatic expressions uttered at the close of his last ADDRESS.
At the time when this application was presented to him how