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tinued to reside at Windsor, as chaplain of His only publication was a sermon on “The the State Prison, for six years. He then Eloquence of St. Paul,” in the Christian removed to St. Johnsbury, and was not again Spectator for 1824. employed in the ministry, except that he preached a year in Craftsbury, a year in East St. Johnsbury, and a year at various places in
Mrs. MARY A. WARNER died at Johns. the West. In the fall of 1863 he enlisted as town, Rock Co., Wis., Dec. 18, 1864, of cona private in Company H, 9th Vermont Regi- sumption, at the age of thirty years. The ment, then stationed at Newbern, N. C., but
deceased was the wife of Rev. J. K. Warner, was subsequently transferred to the 18th army of Johnstown, as also the daughter of the late corps in Virginia. He was detailed as a nurse, Rev. Eben Platt, of Brooklyn, and niece of for which he was well qualified by his general Rev. Dennis Platt, of South Norwalk, Ct., all knowledge of disease, and his cheerful, social well known, and much respected Congregaqualities. He also engaged in holding meet
tional ministers. ings on the sabbath and at other times, and in Only those who knew Mrs. Warner best distributing religious publications, and was can appreciate her excellences or understand held in high esteem for the fidelity with which the loss her family and friends have sustained. he discharged all his duties. About the first She was a person of superior intellectual of November, 1864, he was sent to the hospi- ability and culture. She was familiar with tal with chronic diarrhæa, of which he died. our best authors, and her literary judgment
He married, October 24, 1837, Ann Fisher, and taste were unusually correct and delicate. of Franklin, Mass., (sister of Prof. Alexander Had she given her attention to it, she would M. Fisher, of Yale College,) by whom he had undoubtedly have become more than an ordiCatherine Beecher, born October 23, 1839, nary writer. So think the few who have and Helen Everett, born September 2, 1841. some of her productions, both prose and poet
He received the degree of A. M. from ical, treasured up among them. Middlebury College in 1837.
Her circle of intimate friends was not large. She was too sensitive to pour out her heart, in all its richness of love and friendship, to
every one. She was ever ready to sympaRev. JACOB NOBLE LOOMIS died in thize with the needy and sorrowing; but her Craftsbury, Vt., December 5, 1864.
extreme simplicity, and aversion to display, He was born in Lanesboro', Mass., October kept her retired. Her affection for friends 8, 1790, a son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Noble) was, however, exceedingly strong; while Loomis. In his youth his parents removed theirs for her knew no bounds. It is the to Charlotte, Vt., where he fitted for college happy lot of but few to be loved as was Mrs. with Rev. Truman Baldwin. He was grad- Warner. uated at Middlebury in 1817, and at Andover Of her as a wife, no one can speak except in 1820, and was ordained pastor of the Con. her bereaved companion. But those who had gregational Church in Hardwick, Vt., Jan- the privilege of mingling in their own family uary 3, 1822. Rev. Calvin Dale, of Charlotte, circle knew that she was all a wife well could preached the sermon. His health failing he be. Her devotion to her husband was comwas dismissed January 27, 1830. In the fall plete. She took a deep interest in everything of 1830, he became acting pastor at Plainfield, that concerned him; while her exalted intelN. H., where he remained two years. Of his lect and rare good sense rendered her an ministry there, it is said in Lawrence's His- invaluable assistant in his ministerial labors. tory of the New Hampshire Churches — “His She was a true mother to the four little services in the pulpit and parish were very children she leaves behind, the oldest of acceptable and useful. Had he and Mrs. whom, a girl of eight years, gives good eviLoomis been permanently settled here, great dence of having been already led to Christ good might have been expected as the result.” through her instruction and example. When From the fall of 1832, to the fall of 1834, he her husband was attending sabbath evening was acting pastor at Greensboro', Vt.; and service, she frequently gathered her little from the spring of 1835 to the spring of 1836, ones around her, and read a chapter in the at Hardwick. He then retired from active ser- Bible, after which all knelt down and prayed. vice in the ministry, removed to Craftsbury, And they now speak of what good meetings and spent the rest of his life as a farmer. they used to have, and of the passages of
He married, September 6, 1822, Deborah Scripture they read. The one in John, reWorcester, of Hollis, N. H.
pecting the Good Shepherd, they remember with peculiar interest. Eternity alone can another time, after repeating some of her unfold her influence on these young and ten- favorite hymns and portions of God's word, der minds. The eldest will retain a vivid she said to her husband, her mind perhaps a recollection of her, especially of her last little wandering, “What a pity it is we can't sickness and death; and she will in after- take the Bible and hymn book with us. In years, if their lives are spared, take pleasure a moment, however, seeing her mistake, she in telling her little sister, now an unconscious added with a smile, “But we sha n't need babe, of their mother in heaven,
them there." But it is chiefly as a Christian that we love Her last moments were peculiarly interestto think of our dear departed friend. At the ing. She was constantly talking, and Jesus -age of thirteen she gave her heart to Christ, was her only theme. The following are some and ever afterward won the esteem of all who of her expressions which she uttered in a knew her, by her ardent piety. Possessing most touching manner: “Precious. Jesus, qualifications that would have fitted her for come and take me! Loving Saviour, come and almost any station in life, she cheerfully take me to my glorious home!” “He has accepted the many petty annoyances and heard my prayer; I feel his arms around me! privations of a country pastor's wife. When I see across the river, and behold the beauin the early summer she received warning of tiful gate open.” With her last breath she - the near approach of death, her mind became gasped out, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus !" and then the scene of a severe conflict. Few persons fell asleep in his arms. enjoy life, not its vanities but its substantial pleasures, as much as Mrs. Warner did. Few have as much to hope for from the future as Rev. SENECA WHITE died in Amherst, she had. She was just in the prime of life, N. H., January 11, 1865, aged seventy-one having a husband to whom she was devotedly years lacking a few weeks. attached, a family of little children whom He was a son of Peter and Sarah (Moore) she loved as only a mother can love, and a White, and was born in West Boylston, Mass., somewhat numerous circle of friends to whom February 27, 1794. He was graduated at she was bound by the strongest ties of affec- Dartmouth in 1818, and at Andover in 1822, tion. Besides, she took a lively interest in and was ordained pastor of the Second Conall the important movements of the day, and gregational Church in Bath, Me., September especially in the struggle now going on in 10, 1823. Rev. Eliphalet Gillott, D. D., of our own country.
Hallowell, preached the sermon.
He was Under such circumstances, it is not strange dismissed in August, 1830, and was installed that in the early stages of her illness, when in Wiscasset, April 18, 1822. Rev. William the result seemed doubtful, she was anxious Allen, D. D., of Brunswick, preached the to recover. But as her disease progressed, sermon, and it was printed. He was disand it became more evident that her end was missed July 19, 1837. His next and last setnigh at hand, she was enabled to say, “Thy tlement was in Marshfield, Mass., where he will be done." After reaching this point she was installed September 8, 1838. Rev. R. S. enjoyed perfect peace of mind. She no lon- Storrs, D. D., of Braintree, preached the ger desired to live, or troubled herself about sermon. His actual pastorate closed May, her little ones, three of whom were in the 1847, but was not formally terminated till meantime dangerously sick with diphtheria. October 30, 1850, when he was dismissed by Christ was everything to her. Her whole the same council which installed his successor, soul seemed absorbed in him.
He removed to Amherst, and resided there During the last few weeks her sufferings without ministerial charge till his death. were intense; but she endured them without He married, January 29, 1826, Elizabeth a word of complaint. Her chief anxiety was Stockbridge Winslow, a native of Bath, Me., lest she might not be patient to the end. At and a descendant in the 6th generation from one time, after a coughing spell, to a friend Governor Edward Winslow. who was trying to comfort her she said, “Oh, I don't mind it; every cough is one step nearer home.” When passing whole nights Dea. OLIVER CLARK died at his late without a moment's sleep, she spent much of residence, in Tewksbury, February 15, 1865, the time in meditating upon such passages of aged eighty-five years. Scripture as seemed to her most precious and He was the son of Dea. Thomas Clark, comforting, remarking, “How thankful I am and was born December 28, 1779. The old that I learned so many when a child! At family residence was within a few rods of
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the place where he afterwards made his own and rum, giving neither the one nor the home, and some three miles from the meet- other any quarter. He kept along with the ing-house. His parents were prompt in the world at the same time that he kept above it. matter of his baptism; as the record shows His religion never made him morose, or jeal. him to have been at that time only three ous of the progress that he saw around him. months and nineteen days old. On the sub- He was ever hopeful, ever cheerful, and ever ject of his early religious experiences we interested in all that had in it a promise of have no light, except from his subsequent good for society. No one ever doubted his character and history: from these we infer piety but himself; and he with only that a great depth of his early convictions, and measure of doubt that betokened a proper consecration to the service of his Master. Christian self-distrust and humility. One He made a profession of religion May 22, who writes, from a distance, his early recol. 1808, and was appointed a deacon in the lections of him, says, “ His was not an church in August, 1826. At the first organ- equivocal Christian character, but stood out ization of the Sabbath school in the town, he clear and decided; and he leaves us no dim was chosen superintendent, in which office and shadowy hope as to his destiny. It is a he continued for many consecutive years. hope full-orbed; and we may say of him,
All the early remembrances of him point that we know in whom he believed. What in one direction: they show him to have an influence his life has carried with it, been an earnest and true-hearted Christian calm, quiet, serene, yet effective and perman. Conscience and the fear of God ruled vading!” in all his life. He is familiarly spoken of as To him it was given, beyond the lot of one who was venerated for his piety, and ordinary Christian men, to enjoy his reward loved and trusted by all, - a very Nathanael, on earth. The divine covenant with him in whom was no guile. He accepted the was kept in a manner to attract the notice of whole of vital religion; its doctrines, its pre- all who knew him. With a competency of cepts, its spirit, and its duties. His interest the good things of this life, he was permitted in the cause of Christ, both at home and to enjoy that which is far better - the knowl. abroad, never wavered. He had a word for edge that all his children were walking in his Master on all occasions, and recom the truth; and that with no halting or uncer. mended religion by the whole spirit and tain step, but as conspicuous examples of temper of his life and conversation, wherever Christian light and power, and as officers he went. He was favored by nature with a and commanders in the army of the church genial and happy temperament and great militant. Of the three sons, one is a deacon cheerfulness; and these were enhanced and in the important church in Winchester, and, purified and sweetened by religion.
for seventeen consecutive years, superintenHis delight was in the communion of the dent of the Sabbath school, with the promise saints, and in prayer. He established a of many years of equally valuable service to prayer-meeting between the sabbath services come; another is an able and honored minfor those who, like himself, lived at too great ister of Christ, who has already seen some a distance from the church to go home at fifteen years of fruitful service, and is now noon. Prayer-meetings were also held from settled over one of the most interesting and time to time in the school-houses in the dif- promising churches in New Hampshire; sferent districts of the town. And when the and the third, a deacon in the High Street distance was five, six, or even seven miles, Church in Lowell, and superintendent of the extending within the limits of Andover and Sabbath school, and in either position honBillerica, he did not count it too great. After ored and beloved : while, of the daughters, the labors of the day, he prepared himself one is the earnest and helpful companion of for the spiritual repast of the evening; and a well-known Massachusetts pastor (Rev. was sometimes, like Paul, “minded to go Mr. Coggin of Boxford); another is the wife afoot." He is remembered, too, as a pioneer of Professor Fisk of Beloit College ; and the in the cause of temperance. He became a others, each in her sphere, doing equal honor practical abstainer from the use of intoxicat- to his memory, and proving that the coveing drinks a number of years before any tem- nant with him was one of life and peace for perance society was formed, and refused, at his household. the same time, to furnish ardent spirits for Thus, in every view, his Christian life his workmen or for his guests. Of course he whether we contemplate its internal spirit, was a faithful laborer in the temperance re- its outward activities and influence, or its form. He was the unsparing foe of tobacco results - seems rounded into completeness, and leaves a rich heritage to the world. It was his desire, repeatedly expressed, that, if it should be the will of his heavenly Father, he might depart without a lingering illness. It was as he desired. What seemed an ordinary cold, and was scarcely thought to be serious until within five or six hours of his death, carried him gently but quickly down to the grave. “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.” A few days after his death, there was found in his Bible, in his own handwriting, a copy of the hymn beginning “Farewell, dear friends, I must be gone." From circumstances known to the family,
there is no doubt that it was written a short time before his death, and was intended as a sort of leave-taking of his friends and of his brethren in the Lord. As such it was read in connection with a brief tribute to his memory, upon the sabbath. His tender sympathy and affection for the few who remained of his own generation gave a touching and sublime force to the sentiment of the last stanza,
“Farewell, old soldiers of the cross !
You've struggled long and hard for heaven;
Books of Interest to Congregationalists.
Gillett's History of the Presbyterian But when the author goes outside his deChurch in the United States,' it is hardly nominational lines, he is far from satisfactory. necessary to say, is a valuable contribution For instance, as to Presbyterians early in to American ecclesiastical history. It does New England, a very interesting and valuanot cover so much ground as one might sup- ble chapter might and ought to be made. pose from the title, which we find to be used The author does not seem to have access to in an official sense only, inasmuch as the proper sources of information in this particwork does not include the Associate Re- ular, or else to have thought it not worth formed, nor the Associate un-reformed, nor while to do more than generalize. the Reformed without the Associate, nor the But he makes up for this indifference by Reformed Presbyterian, nor the United Pres. finding supposed Presbyterians in astonishbyterian, nor the United Synod, nor the ing quarters. We are gravely told of the Reformed Protestant Dutch, nor the Free, “Presbyterianism of Owen," and informed nor the Cumberland, nor the Southern Gen- that “Robinson was a Presbyterian," -old eral Assembly, nor any more, if more there John Robinson! The author does not specify are, -- which are a standing argument in our Robinson's works in his list of books concountry how nicely the Presbyterian polity sulted. If he had, such a statement would prevents splits and preserves unity; not the be unpardonable; if he had not, the blunder Presbyterian Church which split itself in is no less gross and silly. When he says, 1837, and which now exists, as the author also, that “Robinson claimed that his thinks, in the New School body as the Church at Leyden was conformed to the genuine article.
French Presbyterian Church,” he errs by This work bears evidence of much and evidently quoting second-hand a statement careful research, within certain limits. It is accurately printed in Bradford's History, ed. written in a spirit apparently as candid as 1856, p. 34, where neither is the word Presany man, who writes the history of his own byterian used nor a sentiment advanced which body, can hope to possess. It is interesting, makes the Leyden Church Presbyterian. though by no means such reading as Stevens's A still more absurd statement is that “the fascinating History of Methodism. On mat- Church at Plymouth was in reality a Presbyters of fact within his Church, the work terian Church." Does the author presume on doubtless ought to be authoritative.
the fact that most of his readers would never be able to verify his reference to Prince as
authority? Prince explicitly declares that 1 History of the Presbyterian Church in the
that Church was “independent in the exerUnited States of America. By E. H. Gillett,
cise and enjoyment of" its “rights and privauthor of "The Life and Times of John Huss.” ileges," and allowed no interference, by way Philadelphia : Presbyterian Publication Com- of authority, of other ministers or churches. mitte. 2 vols. 12mo. pp. 600, 617,
The fact is, the author inferred those things. He gets bewildered by looking at everything our churches into Presbyterian, multiplied through Presbyterian spectacles. Finding Synods and Presbyteries, and enabled perthe name “Ruling Elder,” his reasoning sistent minorities and arbitrary majorities to seems to be, - Presbyterian churches have have things their own way. But this plan is Ruling Elders; therefore a Congregational dead now, thank God. Church, having Ruling Elders, is a Presby- We are sorry to read a repetition of the old terian Church. We expect to see some Epis- charge about doctrinal unsoundness in Westcopalian argue: the Episcopalian Church has ern Congregationalists. That is very stale. Deacons; therefore a Presbyterian Church It answered its purpose once, in frightening having Deacons is an Episcopal Church. weak-minded Congregational emigrants; but The fact is, our old Ruling Elder was a differ- upturned whites of the eyes, and clasped ent being from a Presbyterian Ruling Elder, hands, and solemn laments over Western and by and by, from his very uselessness, heresy, only make men laugh now. The became unknown. We never had an author- West and the East are brethren. The Conitative Church session; mere attempts to gregational denomination vouches for their allow one only to prepare business for the faith and practice. Let the old humbug die. Church itself utterly failed. For light on This historian himself belongs to a body cut this, we refer the author to an article in off for alleged doctrinal unsoundness more this Quarterly, in 1863. He finds, too, the than for anything else. word Presbytery; therefore, Congregational We are also sorry to see the attack on the churches are Presbyterian. As well argue Home Missionary Society. The author does that Presbyterians are Episcopalians because not state the thing fairly, when he says, “The they say that a minister is a bishop. Our Alton Presbytery came under a rule that virChurch officers, collectively in a local Church, tually forbade it to cultivate its own field.” were called its Presbytery; but as to a Pres. This may be believed when it is felt to be byterian Presbytery, outside of churches, to either honorable or honest for Alton Presbywhich appeals were carried, - such a thing tery to spend its funds almost entirely in was unknown. So, again, he finds Synods; founding weak churches exclusively Presbytherefore, the early Congregationalists wanted terian, to be thrown on the society for supPresbyterianism. We do have Synods; but port. But until then, the Alton Presbytery they no more make our churches Presbyte- is a by-word for meanness. rian, than, because of the use of a name, the In matters where Congregationalism is con“General Assembly" of the Presbyterian is cerned, we think this book of little or no acidentical with the “ General Assembly of the count. In matters within the Presbyterian first-bom.”
Church, we suppose it to be as correct as it Our author shows a want of familiarity with is evidently laborious. But — merely as a early Congregational ecclesiastical literature. matter of opinion of our own-we think This is no fault; but it is a fault in a historian exactly the other way from him as to the disto dogmatize on slight knowledge. A few ruption of 1837. quotations, apparently second-hand, from a
Of works specially helpful to the few writers, out of their connection, do not clergymen of our denomination we find sevdo much for history. Let this author study eral on our table. First and chiefest' comes Owen, Robinson, the Mathers, and the other an important fragment from that most accomwise men of the fathers, before he undertakes plished pen now still forever, which aids to to state what they believe.
the exact comprehension of the lands of the In some other matters we fail to get satis- Bible. To human view the loss of the Chris. faction. The early Congregational churches tian world in the death of Dr. Robinson, on Long Island and their fate are confused before the completion of his great work, for with Presbyterians. The facts our readers which all before had been merely studies, will find in Dr. Thompson's article, Quarterly, seems almost irreparable; but God will take January, 1860. How the early churches in care of his cause and his kingdom. MeanNew York generally were transformed into while this treatise, so far as it goes, covering Presbyterian, we should like to know in a the physical geography of Palestine and the history of the Presbyterian Church. His significant statement, also, that, “with the
1 Physical Geography of the Holy Land. By adoption of the plan of union, a new vigor
Edward Robinson, D. D., LL. D. A supplement seemed to pervade the Church,"wants a chap
to the late author's “ Biblical Researches in Pales. ter to show what influences stopped the form- tine. Boston: Crocker & Brewster. 1865. 8vo. ation of Congregational associations, changed