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REV. JOHN RODGERS, D. D.
LATE PASTOR OF THE WALL-STREET AND BRICK CHURCHES,
BY SAMUEL MILLER, D. D.
SURVIVING PASTOR OF THE CHURCH IN WALL-STREET.
PUBLISHED BY WHITING AND WATSON, THEOLOGICAL
AND CLASSICAL BOOKSELLERS.
J. Seymour, printer.
District of New-York, 88.
DE IT REMEMBERED, that on the twenty-second day of March in the thirty seventh year of the Independence of the United States of America, Whiting & Wat son, 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:
"Memoirs of the Rev. John Rodgers, D. D. late Pastor of the Wall-street and Brick Churches, in the City of New-York. By Samuel Miller, D. D. surviving Pastor of the Church in Wall-street."
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." THERON RUDD, Clerk of the District of New-York.
TO THE MINISTERS
IN THE UNITED STATES.
REVEREND FATHERS AND BRETHREN, THE character and ministry of the venerable Man with whose memoirs you are here presented, were dear to you all. Most of you knew him personally; and all of you revered him as one of the Fathers of the American Church. Knowing this, I had no doubt that you would be gratified with seeing some account of his long, laborious, and useful life: and knowing also, that no one could so naturally be expected to give this account as his surviving colleague, who served with him as a son in the Gospel, for more than seventeen years, I did not hesitate to make the attempt.
In the progress of the undertaking, I have greatly exceeded the limits originally prescribed to myself. What was at first intended to be a pamphlet of moderate size, has insensibly grown into á volume. Whether any apology ought to be made for such an extension of the work, can be ascertained only by the perusal.
Such as it is, allow me to inscribe it, most respectfully, to You. As I wrote under the habitual impression, that it would be my own fault if I did not profit by the contemplation of the character exhibited in the following pages; so I will also frankly confess, that I was not a little encouraged and animated by the hope, that the work, with all its imperfections, might not be entirely useless, among others, to my Fathers and Brethren in the Ministry. One thing is certain, that if the portrait here drawn be even tolerably just, it cannot be viewed wholly without benefit by those who have a taste for studying and copying excellence.