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District Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the fifteenth day of May A. D. 1824, in the fortyeighih year of the Independence of the United States of Anierica, Cummings, Hilliard, & Co of the 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 :
“ Sermons by the late Rev. David Osgood, D. D. Minister of the Church in Medford."
In conforunity 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 mentioned ;" and also to an act, entired * An act suppleinentary to an act, entitled . An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of inaps, 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.”
JOHN W. DAVIS,
Dr. Osgood was frequently urged by his friends to publish a volume of his sermons, but could never be prevailed on to undertake the task of revising them for the press. He however left permission with his family to make a selection if they should be requested, and himself named several of those which he was willing should be printed. Since his decease, it having appeared to be the general wish of his friends to possess some more lasting memorial of his preaching than what their own recollections afforded, his family have consented to publish the following posthumous sermons. In selecting them, care has been taken to follow the directions of the Author, who strictly forbade the publishing of any of those discourses which treated upon controversial topics, and named those which delineated the moral virtues. The discourse on the Institution of the Sabbath is the only one which was written for the press. It was composed when the Sabbath laws were revised by the General Court; but its publication at that time was delayed by accidental circumstances, and at length finally relinquished. It now appears in this volume, prefaced by the advertisement which was originally designed to accompany it. The other sermons in this selection were among the more popular discourses of the Author, and will be recollected, not only by
his own parishioners, but by many individuals in the adja
An exposition of the Scriptures of the Old Testament formed one of Dr. Osgood's weekly exercises for many years, and at the close of the volume a few of these compositions have been added.
ON THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD.