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BY THE LATE
TO WHICH ARE PREFIXED,
OF HIS DEATH,
Moreover, I will endeavour that ye may be able,
II. PETER, I. 15.
E IT REMEMBERED,That on
" Discourses on Religious Subjects, by the late Rev. Job SWIFT, D. D. To which are perfixed, Sketches of his Life and Character, and a Sermon, preached at West-Rutland, on the occasion of his death, by the Rev. LEMUEL HAYNES.
Moreover, I will endeavor that ye may be able, after my decease, to have these things always in remembrance. II. Peter,.i. 15.”
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CEPHAS SMITH, jun. Clerk.
THE circumstances under which the present
work makes its appearance, are different from those usually attending publications of this nature. To those unacquainted with these circumstances, some apology may be necessary for its appearance in its present form. The critical reader may possibly complain, that he does not find the work so complete as it ought to have been, to have authorized the publication of it. But he is requested to suspend his censure till he attends to the following brief statement
It is now about a year since the mournful tid. ings arrived, of the death of Dr. Swift. The news appeared deeply to affect all classes of men, and for a long time was the general topic of conversation, as at the death of a Patriarch. It was a remark frequently made, that no person could have * died in the State, whose death would liave been more universally and deeply felt by the virtuous part of community. Under these circumstances, the minds of people were naturally turned to a review of the life and character of the deceased. It was much lamented that Dr. Swift, in the course of his life, had never, in a single instance, suffered any of his writings to be published. Of course, it appeared that the benefit accruing to the world, from the labors of this great and good man, was about to terminate in some degree, with his life. It also appeared, that Dr. Swift had left behind him no written documents, from which facts could be collected, which might assist in detailing the history of his life.