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BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the first day of August in the L. S. fifty-second year of the Independence of the United States

of America, D. F. Robinson and Co. of said district have deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit: Lectures, on the Relations and Duties of the Middle Aged. By Joel Harvey Linsley, Pastor of the South Church in Hartford.” In conformity o the act of Congress of the United States, entitled, “ An act for he encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, luring the times therein mentioned.”—And also to the act, entitled, • An act supplementary to an act, entitled · An act for the encourgement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times herein mentioned,' and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of lesigning, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."


Clerk of the District of Connecticut. A true Copy of Record, examined and sealed by me,

CHARLES A. INGERSOLL, Clerk of the District of Connecticut.


These Lectures were originally prepared and preached for the benefit of the Middle Aged in this city. By complying with a request to publish them, the author hopes he may contribute something to promote the welfare of society, to advance the cause of human improvement and happiness, and through the risen, to subserve the true interests of the rising generation.

Those who heard the Lectures, will notice the omission of the one, on the duties of the middle aged, as members of civil society.' This Lecture, though properly belonging to the series, is suppressed, from a conviction that the copiousness, and increasing importance of some of the topics which it embraces, demand a more extended discussion. Should the author at a future period, be able to execute the plan which he has formed, the consideration of these topics, will occupy several additional Discourses, which will be published in a manner to correspond with the present volume. In the mean time, it has been deemed advisable to throw into the form of an Appendix, several brief extracts from the Lecture referred to, touching points of more than ordinary interest.

To those who are now engaged in the active scenes of life, this volume is affectionately and respectfully inscribed, with fervent prayer to God, that it may contribute to quicken and guide them in the discharge of their momentous duties.

Hartford, August, 1828.

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