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Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.
DELIVERED IN THE CHAPEL AT BELLEVUE, N. YORK,
BY JOHN STANFORD, A. M.
Chaplain to the Institution, &c.
" SAUL AND JONATHAN WERE LOVELY AND PLEASANT IN THEIR LIVES, AND IN
THEIR DEATH THEY WERE NOT DIVIDED: THEY WERE SWIFTER THAN
EAGLES, THEY WERE STRONGER THAN LIONS."-DAVID.
PRINTED BY E. CONRAD, 4 FRANKFORT-STREET.
SOLD BY T. & J. SWORDS, No. 99 PEARL-STREET, AND BY
J. B. JANSEN, No. 90 NASSAU-STREET.
THE FOLLOWING PAPER WAS READ BEFORE SERMON.
At a meeting of the Common Council of the City of New
York, on Saturday, 8th July, 1826, the following
“ RESOLVED, That the reverend the Clergy of our City, who have charge of Churches, be respectfully requested to notice, in a solemn and appropriate manner, in their respective Churches, on the morning of Sunday the 16th inst. the remarkable dispensation of Divine Providence, in the Death of two of the illustrious signers of the Declaration of our Independence, on the fiftieth Anniversary."
THEREFORE, in accordance with this Resolution, as this Institution is under the immediate guardianship of the Mayor and Common Council of this City, and wishing your moral instruction by every solemn event which occurs, I shall attempt to offer you a plain Discourse upon the Death of Thomas JEFFERSON and John Adams, who both signed the Declaration of our Independence ; both sustained the high Office of President of the United States, and who both died on the same day of the Fiftieth Year of our National Independence.
Your Fathers, where are they? And the Prophets,
do they live forever ?
By reading the verse which precedes the text, we presume the intention of the prophet Zechariah, by asking the disobedient Jews these two questions, was to convince them of the mis-improvement which they and their fathers had made of the instructions and warnings which their successive prophets had given them in the name of the Lord of Hosts; and, consequently, a series of calamities had come upon their nation, and now demanded their penitence and reformation. The questions were likewise calculated to teach them a solemn lesson of mortality:“ Your Fathers, where are they ?”—they are gone down to the dust of death. Your “ Prophets, do they live forever ?"-no, they have filled their days and their ministry together, and have gone the way from whence they will return no more ; and therefore, remember that ye also must go the way of all