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District of Connecticut, to wit :
Be it remembered, That on the twenty fifth day of March, in the thirty-first year of the Independence of the United States of America, SARAH WASHBURN of the
said District hath deposited in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof she claims as Proprietor, in the words following, to wit :
“ Sermons on practical subjects ; by the late Reverend
Joseph Washburn, A. M. Pastor of a Church of Christ “ in Farmington. To which is added, a Sermon of the “ Rev. Asahel Hooker, delivered at Farmington on the “ occasion of Mr. Washburn's death."
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 them, during the times therein mentioned.”
H. W. EDWARDS
The publication of sermons which were designed for the entertainment and instruction of a common audience, and not for the public eye, after the decease of the preacher, in case his consent had not been previously obtained, is thought by some to be hardly consistent with a due regard to the character of the deceased; because, as compositions, they will usually want that judicious arrangement and correct style, which the writer himself would be solicitous to give them, if by him designed for publication.
The Editors of the following Sermons of the Rev. Mr. Washburn are ready to admit, that the objection mentioned has its weight, in relation to posthumous works in general, that are not designed by the author for publication, and has not been unattended to, in considering the expediency of the measure they have taken. Still, however, reasons