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BE IT REMEMBERED; That on the fifth day of January, in the forty-second year of the independence of the United States of America, Timothy Dwight, and William T. Dwight, both of said District; Administrators of the Rev. Timothy Dwight, now deceased, and late of the said District, have deposited in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof they claim as Administrators as aforesaid and Proprietors, in the words following, to wit:

"Theology; explained and defended, in a Series of Sermons; by Timothy Dwight, S.T.D. L.L.D. late President of Yale College. With a Memoir of the Life of the Author. In five Volumes. Vol. I."

In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, 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 men-

Clerk of the District of Connecticut.

A true copy of Record, examined and sealed by me,

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Clerk of the District of Connecticut.



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MEN of letters pass their lives in a course so tranquil and uniform, it is generally supposed, as to furnish but few incidents for the labours of the biographer or the entertainment of his readers. Mankind are attracted rather by what is brilliant in character and daring in action, than by the less splendid achievements of learning and piety. The exploits of the Hero are recounted with applause while he is living, and after his death are enrolled with admiration on the records of nations; but the Minister of CHRIST must usually wait to receive his honours in Eternity, and expect the due estimate of his labours only as they are written on the tablet of the skies.

There are, however, exceptions to this remark. Sometimes the good man, by the uncommon powers of his mind, by peculiar incidents in his life, by having exerted a commanding influence on the interests of the public, or by having acquired an unusual share in their affections; presents the most attractive subject of biography. Contemporaries indulge a strong desire to view more minutely the life and character of the man, whose living excellence they have often felt and acknowledged; and posterity receive with admiration the history of one who so widely blessed a preceding generation.

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