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New HAVEN, June 28th, 1844.
The undersigned have been appointed a Committee of the Church under your pastoral charge, to request for publication a copy of your discourse delivered on the occasion of the death of our much esteemed and beloved brother, the late Timothy Dwight, Esq.
With much respect and affection,
New HAVEN, June 29th, 1844. DEAR BRETHREN :
I take pleasure in complying with your request for the publication of the Sermon which I preached on the death of Mr. Dwight. Not that I think the discourse itself deserving of this notice, but that I wish to do what I can to keep alive in our remembrance the virtues of our respected brother, and to induce others to cultivate the same. Hoping that the Lord will sanctify to us all the removal of one with whom we were so happily associated, and long continue our fraternal intercourse,
JOS. P. THOMPSON.
This little Memoir makes no pretensions in respect to its subject or its execution. Its aim is simply to exhibit a Christian in the ordinary walks of life, whose example seems worthy of record and of imitation. The contemplation of such an example may contribute more to the full development of Christian character, than the study of a whole system of Christian ethics. It is the remark of an enthusiastic German writer, that “one might well consent to be branded and broken on the wheel, merely for the idea of such a character as Christ's.” But while, on the one hand, the Evangelists could never have conceived of such a character, had they not seen it exhibited in life--for how could such illiterate men have originated a character, of which Plato and Xenophon, with Socrates, the purest of heathen moralists, before their eyes, had never conceived ? -so on the other hand, the bare idea of Christ's perfect moral excellence, would have done little to incite us to attain to that excellence, in comparison with the em