Excerpt from Importance of a Minister's Reputation: A Sermon; Delivered at the Installation of the Rev. Nathaniel Hewit, as Pastor of the Second Congregational Church of Christ, in Bridgeport, Conn;, Dec, 1, 1830
This maxim is founded in the nature of the human mind. Desire for the esteem and affection of others is inseparable from our intellectual and moral constitution. It is one of the affections which uniformly manifests itself in early life; and it may he expected ordinarily to increase in strength, in proportion to the intimacy of the relation which individuals sustain to society, and in some proportion also to the degree in which their minds are cultivated and improved. It is obvious that those who are conscious of a special dependence on the good opinion of others for the accomplishment of their desires respecting their own welfare, or the welfare of their fellow men, must value reputation more than those, who are not conscious of such dependence. And it would seem that those, whose intellectual and moral powers and whose susceptibilities for pleasure and pain are heightened and refined by cultivation, must be peculiarly alive to the approbation and esteem of their fellow men. It is accordingly found, that professional men, being closely connected with society, and having their sensibilities strengthened by education, generally feel an unusual interest in whatever concerns their good name. And no one can doubt that this unusual interest is altogether natural and just.
But on the present occasion, I shall confine my remarks to the value of a good name in respect to one class of professional men.
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