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AN

HISTORICAL SKETCH

OF THE

FIRST CHURCH IN BOSTON,

FROM

ITS FORMATION TO THE PRESENT PERIOD.

TO WHICH ARE ADDED

TWO SERMONS,

ONE ON LEAVING THE OLD, AND THE OTHER ON ENTERING

THE NEW HOUSE OF WORSHIP,

BY THE LATE
REV. WILLIAM EMERSON, A.M. A. A.S. & S.H.S.

TUE TWELFTH PASTOR OF SAID CHURCH

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DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, TOʻWIT;

District Clerk's Office. . BE it remembered, That, on the twenty-sixth day of December, A D. 1811, and in the thirty-sixth year of the Independence of the United States of America, RUTH EMERSON, of the said district, has deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof she claims, as proprietor, in the words following, to wit; " An HISTORICAL SKETCH of the FIRST CHURCH IN BOSTON, frons its formation to the present period. To which are added Two Sermons, one on leaving the old, and the other on entering the new house of worship. By the late Rev. WILLIAM EMERSON, A.M. M.A.S. & S.H.S. the twelfth pastor of said church.”

In conformity to the act of the congress of the United States, entitled, “ An act for the en. couragement 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, engraying, and etching historical and other prints.”

WILLIAM S. SHAW,
Clerk of the District of Massachusetts,

ADVERTISEMENT OF THE EDITORS,

THE following work is published, without material alterations, as it was left by the author.

It is to be regretted, that he did not live to complete his design.

To what was prepared respecting Dr. Chauncy is added a sketch of his family by Dr. Clarke.*

As several of the author's late society have earnestly requested, that this history should contain some records of their two last beloved pastors, accounts of them have been added from documents, which have been already published.

The notice of Dr. Clarke is from the collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, vol. vi. p. 3. consisting of a Sketch of the life and character of Rev. Dr. Clarke," supposed to be written by Rev. Dr. Belknap ; and an extract from President Willard's discourse, delivered at First Church, the sunday after the decease of Dr. Clarke.

The account of Mr. Emerson is extracted from the discourse, delivered at his funeral by Rev. Joseph S. Buckminster, minister of Brattle-street church.

To the whole are added, agreeably to the original design of the author, two sermons ; one preached, on leaving the old house of worship in Cornhill ; the other, at the dedication of the new meeting-house in Chauncy-place.

25 Dec. 1811.

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:* Published in an appendix to his sermon on the death of Dr. Chauncy.

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