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DELITENED BEFORE THE HONOURABLE TUE MAYOR AND CORPORATION

OF THE CITY OF NEW-YORK, APRIL 29, 1816;

ON OPENING THE CHAPEL

IN THE

NEW ALMS-HOUSE, BELLEVUE.

BY JOHN STANFORD, M. A.

The lib'ral hand of Providence expands
The lib'ral Christian's heart: much he receives,
And much he scatters, dealing all around
With cheerfulness, what God bestows on him,
Fear not, ye rich, to turn your gold to seed
And sow it in the fields of poverty;
A glorious crop beyond your hopes shall rise,
And thus reward your kindness; ye shall reap
Of present benefit an hundred fold,
And future sheaves of everlasting good.

Swain.

NEW-YORK :

PRINTED BY T. AND J. SWORDS,

No. 160 Pearl-Street,

In Common Council, April 29, 1816. RESOLVED, that the thanks of this Common Council be presented to the Rev. Mr. Stanford for his able and eloquent Sermon delivered before them this day, on the occasion of the consecration of the Chapel in the new Alms-House; and that he be requested to furnish a copy thereof for publication.

Extract from the Minutes.

J. MORTON, Clerk.

To the Honourable the Mayor and Common

Council of the City of New-York,

GENTLEMEN,

Agreeably to your resolve of April the 29th, requesting a copy of the Discourse which I delivered before you on the opening of the Chapel in the New Alms-House, in order to its publication, I now present it to your hand. Since the delivery of this Sermon, I have met with a few communications in relation to the history of our poor, which I have thought proper to incorporate with the original narrative. I contemplated the introduction of an APPENDIX, which should contain the rise, progress, and present state of the other public Institutions in this City; but, in pursuing the subject I find that it would require a greater portion of time than my present stated duties will permit. On the suggestion, therefore, of some of my learned friends, I no longer detain this Discourse from the press; but, by the blessing of Providence, shall employ my future leisure in continuing the compilation of the history of the other public Institutions; which, should they promisc utility, may hereafter, through your patronage, be presented to the public attention.

I am, Gentlemen,
With sentiments of esteem,
Your servant in the Gospel,

JOHN STANFORD.
Lispenard-street,
Jug. 16th, 1816.

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