District of New-Jersey, 38.
BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the sixth day of May, in the fortieth year of the Independence of the United States of America, AVA NEAL, of the
said district, hath deposited in this office, the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as Proprietor, in the words following, to wit:
"A Dissertation on the Marriage of a Man with his Sister in Law. By JOHN H. LIVINGSTON, D.D. S.T.P. Ye shall do my Judgments, and keep my Ordinances,
to walk therein: I am the LORD your GOD .... Levit. xviii, 5."
In Conformity to an act of the 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 the act, entitled, "An act supplementary to the 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."
Clerk of the District of New-Jersey.
AT the last ordinary session of the GENERAL SYNOD of the Reformed Dutch Church, when the case of a man who had
married his sister in law was brought up from a lower judicatory; the consideration of the question, which that case
suggested, was postponed, and I was requested to state the arguments and ascertain the sentiments of the Reformed
Church respecting the illegitimacy of such a connubial connection.
The subject, in itself, has nothing to recommend it, either to the writer or the reader. But the honour of religion, the
purity of the church, and the welfare of the community, which are all implicated in the decision of the question,
render it very interesting and highly worthy of discussion. A fervent desire to vindicate these, and a cheerful willingness
to meet the wishes of my beloved brethren, have conquered my reluctance, and finally induced me to prepare what is now
offered to the public.
The incessant pressure of official duties, during the weeks devoted to this work, afforded nothing more than interrupted