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AGED CHRISTIAN'S CABINET,
CONTAINING A VARIETY OF
Essays, Conversations, and Discourses,
ADAPTED TO THE
IMPROVEMENT, CONSOLATION, AND ANIMATION, OF AGED
CHRISTIANS OF EVERY DENOMINATION.
REV. JOHN STANFORD, D. D.
They shall still bring forth fruit in old age, to show that the Lord is upright,
and there is no unrighteousness in him.
PUBLISHED BY T. AND J. SWORDS,
No. 127 Broadway.
Edward J. Swords, Printer.
Southern District of New York, ss.
RE IT REMEMBERED, that on the 10th day of October, A. D.
D 1829, in the fifty-fourth year of the Independence of the United Seal.
States of America, John Stanford, of the said District, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as Author,
in the words following, to wit: The aged Christian's Cabinet, containing a variety of Essays, Conversations, and Discourses, adapted to the Improvement, Consolation, and Animation, of aged Christians of every Denomination. By the Rev. John Stanford, D. D.
They shall still bring forth fruit in old age, to show that the Lord is upright, and there is no wnrighicousness in him. David.
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 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.”
FRED. J. BETTS,
PERHAPS no apology is necessary for the publication of this volume, except it be for the writer himself, who shares with you the infirmities incident to the last stages of human life. The several pieces which are here introduced were originally composed for his personal use, and are the offspring of leisure hours from more active and public duties. They were dictated by the perusal of those parts of the sacred Scriptures in which the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort has been pleased to record the history, conflicts, preservation, and final departure of many of his aged people. In the course of more than twelve years these papers have so much accumulated as to create an impression that their publication might contribute to the improvement and consolation of those whose feeble steps are hastening down the vale of years; especially as
among the multitude of volumes annually published, not one of this description has been known to have issued from the American press. The subjects have no bearing upon any particular religious denomination; disputed points in theology have been avoided, and the plain truth, as it is revealed in the Scriptures, has been the only source from whence he has addressed himself to the hopes, the fears, the conflicts, the duties, and the prospects of the reader. The subjects are presumed to contain an agreeable variety, and some of them are calculated to elevate the depression which is too common in old age. The whole is devoutly intended to glorify ALMIGHTY God, exalt the Divine RedeeMER, and teach the aged reader the great importance of his being refreshed by the influences of the Holy SPIRIT in the use of his Bible, so that he may be directed in his duties, supported under his infirmities, and the more happily excited to finish his course with joy!
Having passed beyond the ordinary age of man, the writer is not unwilling to confess, that in composing these papers, he has been materially aided by his personal experience of those infirmities which are the frequent attendants on old age; otherwise he would have deemed himself incompetent to tủe undertaking. At the same time he