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DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT, ss.
BE it remembered, That on the eleventh day of December, in the fifty-fourth year of the Independence of the United States of Ainerica, Sereno E. Dwight, of the said District, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof to the "works" he claims as proprietor, and to the memoir" as author, in the words following to wit:
"The Works of President Edwards, with a Memoir of his Life. In ten volumes.” In conformity to the act of 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, entitled "An act supplementary to an act, entitle 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.".
CHÁS. A. INGERSOLL, Clerk of the District of Connecticut." A true copy of record, examined and sealed by me.
CHAS. A. INGERSOLL, Clerk of the District of Connecticut.
The length of time, which has elapsed, since this edition of the Works of President Edwards was, sense, announced, needs a brief explanation.
His manuscripts were so illegible, and left in such a state, that it was impossible to decide on the publication of any of them, until they were copied. The materials for his Life, were to be sought for in remote places, by consulting those advanced in life, by finding out family traditions, by copying records, by collecting letters, manuscripts and pamphlets, and the original editions of his works, in libraries of long standing, and in the collections of antiquaries. Many of the manuscripts, thus discovered, were so illegible, that no one could be found to undertake the task of copying them. According to the original plan, the negligences of language in the published works were to be corrected ; and this plan was not relinquished, until the slow process of correcting them with the pen, on the printed page, was far advanced towards completion. The expense of copying the manuscripts of Mr. Edwards, was also heavy, and could not have been defrayed, but for the liberality of a friend. Without any farther detail of circumstances, it need only be stated, that the whole work, including the examination and copying of the manuscripts, the preparation of the unpublished manuscripts, and of
the Life, has occupied several years of constant labour, and has been pursued unremittingly, and at the sacrifice of health, by a regular devotion to it, of all the time, that could be spared from professional duties.
In preparing the Memoir, the Life by Dr. Hopkins, which is the testimony of an eye-witness, has been incorporated ; and the quotations are marked in the usual way, except where the paragraphs are seriously altered by the insertion of new matter. In the last chapter, free use is made of a brief sketch of the Life and Character of Mr. Edwards, (also the testimony of an eye-witness,) by a gentleman connected with the college at Princeton, probably Dr. Finley, inserted in the first edition of the Treatise on Original Sin ; as well as of a well written review of the Worcester Edition of his works, in the Christian Spectator. To a friend I am indebted, for the very brief account of the two Treatises on Original Sin, and the Freedom of the Will. "The works, heretofore published, are taken from the English Edition, as far as it contained them, without alterations of the language. The notes of its editor, Dr. Williams, are marked with a W. at the end, and have been retained by request.
the time of his settlement. Attention to Religion in the Parish.
Course of Study. Habits of Life. Marriage. Death and Cha-
racter of Mr. Stoddard. Sickness of Mr. Edwards. Death and
Character of his Sister Jerusha. His first Publication.
Remarkable Revival of Religion, in 1734, and '35. Its Extent and
Power. Manner of treating Awakened Sinnere. Causes of its
Decline. Religious Controversy in Hampshire. Death of his
Sister Lucy. Characteristics of Mrs. Edwards. Remainder of
Narrative of Surprising Conversions. His views of Revivals of Re-
ligion. Remarkable Providence at Northampton. “Five Dis-
courses.” Mr. Bellamy a resident of his family. History of Re-
demption. Extra-Parochial labours of Mr. Edwards. Sermon at
Enfield. Funeral Sermon on the Rev. W. Williams.
Commencement of a second Great Revival of Religion, in the Spring
and Summer of 1740. Visit of Mr. Whitefield at Northampton.
Impulses. Judging of the Religious Character of others. Letter