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FOR THE YEAR COMMENCING JUNE, 1826.
PRINTED BY J. SEYMOUR, AND J. & J. HARPER.
AG v. 1-2
Southern District of New-York, ss.
of the United States of America, Austin Dickinson, of the said District, hath deposited (L.S.)
in this office, the title of a Book, or Periodical Work, the right whereof he claims as Editor and Proprietor, in the words following to wit:-"The National Preacher; or
Monthly Sermons from Living Ministers ; Edited by Rev. Austin Dickinson, New-York." 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, 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.
The Editor was led to undertake this Publication from having travelled extensively in the United States, and seen and heard much of the want of a preached Gospel. It seemed very desirable, that some simple method should be adopted, through which millions of fellow-sinners, going down to death, might be addressed, at once, on the great subject of salvation. The idea occurred that Ministers in the different States doubtless had Discourses, prepared in some of their happiest moments of thought and feeling, which, if concentrated in a Work of this kind, might reflect light on the desolate places, as well as on the churches of our land. It was thought also, that this method of introducing Ministers of different sections of the church and of the nation to each other and to the Christian public, might be the means of promoting among good men a more general harmony of feeling and effort, and thus widening and strengthening that band of brotherhood which is to encircle the world. It seemed, moreover, that it might be desirable as an item of history, that there should be some National Work, from which men of other nations and languages, and of future ages, might have the opportunity of knowing what was the character of preaching in the United States, in this era of Christian enterprise, and of the Holy Spirit's gracious operation.
The encouragement received, during the first year, has exceeded the most sanguine expectations. So much so, that second and third editions of back Numbers have been called for; and, in all, upwards of one hundred thousand copies of Numbers have been published.
The Editor, however, is aware that the Work is comparatively but little known. Scattered as its Numbers have been