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DELIVERED BEFORE THE
LOWELL INSTITUTE, BOSTON.
MARK HOPKINS, D.D.LL.D.
PRESIDENT OF WILLIAMS COLLEGE; AUTHOR OF “LECTURES
ON THE EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY,” ETC.
59 WASHINGTON STREET.
NEW YORK: SHELDON AND COMPANY.
18 6 5.
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
FROM THE LIBRARY OF
APRIL 25, 1939
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1862, by
GOULD AND LINCOLN,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
The Graduates of Williams College
Permit me, my friends, a word of explanation with those of you who may read the following Lectures. It seems called for by the difference between
them now, and when they were heard by the most of you.
In 1830 I was elected to the Professorship of Rhetoric and Moral Philosophy in this college, and during the first year prepared and delivered twelve Lectures on Moral Philosophy. Of these, omitting the introductory
one, the first paragraph was the following: “ If the human constitution was made by a wise and good being, it must have been made for certain
ends; and in those ends, whatever they may be, and nowhere else, can its perfection and happiness be found. To discover these ends and the means of attaining them, is the object of Moral Philosophy.” Then followed such
an examination of the constitution of man as I was able to make.
shows that the present lectures are but the carrying out of my original thought; but that those lectures should have been delivered for more than
twenty-five years without essential alteration is what requires explanation,
if not apology.
The explanation is, chiefly, from the pressure of other duties. During the remaining years of my professorship, my leisure was occupied with lectures on Rhetoric and Natural Theology, in connection with extra duties imposed by the declining health of Dr. Griffin. Subsequently, and till 1855,