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with a dependant and helpless family, would dispense with their (possibly) false delicacy, for necessity has no law.
Anterior to publishing his first edition, he was confident that there were thousands of citizens who would most cheerfully patronize his work. It had been his hard fortune, in the war of the Revolution, to become a captive three times, and each time to travel home an absolute beggar.
In his anticipations he has not been disappointed. Numerous gentlemen and ladies have bought and read his book, and have paid him so much of a compliment as to say, that they considered it an interesting narrative, and well deserving patronage. It has introduced him to many families of distinction, and procured for him many affectionate and warm-hearted friends among strangers.
Those gratuitous tokens and expressions of friendship, together with the sympathies exhibited, have gone far to revive his drooping spirits, while buffeting, in advanced life, the inclemencies of three tedious winters, far distant from his family,
He is at a loss for language to express his grateful sense of obligations to those ladies and gentiemen who have patronized his first edition. He can only say, that it has been, is now, and shall be his prayer to God, that they and theirs may never want any good thing. And most fervently does he pray
that the Americans as a nation may properly appreciate the freedom which they enjoy, while they learn the price of its purchase, and that they may be a virtuous, united and happy people, sustained and protected by the arm of Omnipotence.
In disposing of his first edition, the author has travelled South into the State of Virginia, East to Maine, and West to Ohio. To his second edition he has added the most interesting events of the last three years of his life, in these long journeys; and now presents the public with this edition, being confident that as yet he has offered his little book to but few of those patriotic citizens who would most freely patronize the work.
As in the providence of God, the Author has been denied the advantages of an education, he makes no pretensions to elegance of style or diction ; but with all due deference submits his humble performance to the public.
ANDREW SHERBURNE. Augusta, Oneida County, N. Y. March, 1831.
Whereas the Rev. Andrew Sherburne, our worthy brother and fellow-laborer in the gospel, contemplates making a journey, with his family, to remove into the south western regions of this country, to reside; in order that he may meet with that reception among Christians, to which his character and office entitle him; the undersigned beg leave to represent, that he has for fifteen years past maintained a respectable standing in the New Hampshire Baptist Association, as pastor of the Baptist church in Arundel; and as far as our information extends, is deemed faithful and well established in doctrine, whom we esteem highly in love, as a Christian brother and a minister of Christ; and as such, we would recommend him to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.
SIMON LOCK, Pastor of the church in Lyman.
ABNER FLANDERS, Pastor of the Baptist church in Buxton.
JOSHUA ROBERTS, Pastor of the Baptist church in East parish of Wells.
Pastor of the church in Hollis. Hollis, August 21st, 1818.
This and the three following Certificates were given to the Au. thor, while on his journey from the State of Ohio to Maine. Washington city, House of Representatives, Feb.28, 1823.
The Rev. Andrew Sherburne, the bearer of this, is worthy the confidence of the friends of Zion, and esteem of his fellow-citizens generally. Twenty years acquaintance, has proved him an undeviating friend. I most cordially sympathize with him in his troubles, having performed those services in the revolutionary war, which entitle him to respect.
TÔ WHOM IT MAY CONCERN. The subscriber has seen the credentials of the Rev. Andrew Sherburne, and has, otherwise, had an opportunity of becoming acquainted with his character. He believes Mr. Sherburne to be a brother deserving the affectionate and respectful regards of the churches. Mr. S. will, himself communicate the story of his sufferings during the revolutionary war, and his subsequent toils in the service of his country. His necessities are real and imperious, and it is hoped the patriot and the Christian will alike contribute to his assistance.
WM. STAUGHTON. Philadelphia, April 11, 1823.
Having seen the Rev. Mr. Sherburne's testimonials, and being personally and fully satisfied with his piety and good character, I do most cordially coincide with the Rev. Dr. Staughton in the foregoing certificate and just recommendation.
WM. ROGERS. Philadelphia, April 15, 1823.
I cheerfully add my testimony in favor of the Rev. Mr. Sherburne's character to the foregoing, and recommend him to the charitable consideration of the opulent and benevolent.
JEDEDIAH MORSE. New Haven, June 12, 1823.
MEMOIRS OF ANDREW SHERBURNE. ** I have attentively perused the Memoirs of Andrew Sherburne, a pensioner of the navy of the Revolution.' Publications of this description, though they may not challenge admiration by elegance of style or diction, still deserve the notice of Americans.
The actors in our Revolutionary struggle, have, with a few exceptions, gone the way of all the earth.' Many interesting details relative to the period that tried men's souls,' must necessarily perish with those who witnessed them. An attempt to preserve from oblivion, facts which show the interposition of the Lord of Sabbaoth, in favor
of the oppressed, and the unconquerable firmness of those who fought in the great cause of freedom and of man, cannot be uninteresting to the pious and the free. I recommend the work to the perusal of our citizens, and its aged, war-worn author to the kindness of all who believe that a debt of gratitude is still due to the veterans of the Revolution.
N. N. WHITING, Pastor of the Baptist church, Vernon. Vernon, Aug. 5, 1828.
I have read the above work with considerable interest. The author has written in a spirit of moderation and piety worthy of imitation.
I consider Mr. Sherburne and his work, as entitled to the patronage of all Americans.
N. WILLIAMS, Judge of the Circuit Court, State N. Y. Utica, Nov. 12, 1828.
We fully concur in the opinion above expressed by Mr. Whiting and Judge Williams, and most cheerfully recommend the work to the patronage of a liberal and enlightened public.
S. C. AIKIN, Pastor of the first Pres. church, Utica.
The following editorial notice of this work appeared in the New-York Baptist Register, conducted by A. M. Beebee, Esq. on the 7th November, 1828, which may be recorded as the fair expression of those who have read the book.
“We have read with deep interest - The Memoirs of Andrew Sherburne, a pensioner of the navy of the Rev. olution, published by William Williams, Utica, and recommend it to the patronage of the community. It is the plain and simple narration of the life of one who commenced while a youth, in our Revolutionary struggle, and endured with the fortitude of a man, most extraordinary per
and sufferings, displaying a purity of patriotism to be admired, even in a veteran. Its interest is not a little