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Southern District of New-York, ss.
(L. S.) of the Independence of the United States of America, Jonathan Seymour, of the said district, hath deposited in this Office the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words and figures following, to wit:
"Sermons, by John B. Romeyn, D. D. Pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Cedar-street, New-York. In two 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 time 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."
To whom can I inscribe these volumes with more propriety than to you? Neither individuals, who have honoured me with their friendship, nor the Congregations among whom I have laboured, before the providence of God placed me over you in the Lord, have claims upon my esteem and affection comparable to your's! I came to you at your invitation, an entire stranger, and received me with open arms. I have laboured among you in much weakness, and with great imperfection, but you have uniformly encouraged me when I
halted, and over my defects have cast the mantle of charity. Your treatment of me is the more grateful to the best feelings of my heart, and the more honourable to your character, because it has been purchased by no sacrifice of independence on my part, either as it respects the doctrines which have been preached; the discipline which has been introduced into the Church; or the line of conduct pursued in my intercourse with you. In that treatment, I have found the most powerful of all temporal motives to spend and be spent for your spiritual welfare. God has been pleased, however, to afford me a higher motive for discharging my duty toward you. Whilst you have contributed munificently to my temporal enjoyment, it has pleased the Father of mercies to make me, as I trust, an instrument of dispensing eter
nal benefits to many among you. My desire is to leave some memorial, when we shall be gathered to our fathers, to the praise of God's grace displayed to us, and to your honour, for the manner in which you have acted towards your pastor. May God grant his own blessing to these volumes, that this desire may be accomplished in their publication! Thus your children, and your children's children, with emotions of pleasure, will be enabled to dwell upon your memory, as having, in a distinguished manner, cherished the ministry of reconciliation, and relieved, by your uniform attention and kindness, the cares and perplexities, the fatigues and disappointments, inseparably connected with an upright discharge of the duties of that responsible office.
JOHN B. ROMEYN.