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Records of the Life of the Rev. John Murray

RECORDS

OF THE

LIFE OF THE REV. JOHN MURRAY;

LATE

MINISTER OF THE RECONCILIATION,

AND
SENIOR PASTOR OF THE UNIVERSALISTS, CONGREGATED IN BOSTON.

 


WRITTEN BY HIMSELF.



 

THE RECORDS CONTAIN ANECDOTES OF THE WRITER'S INFANCY, AND ARE
EXTENDED TO SOME YEARS AFTER THE COMMENCEMENT OF
HIS PUBLIC LABOURS IN AMERICA.

TO WHICH IS ADDED,

A BRIEF CONTINUATION,

TO THE CLOSING SCENE.

BY A FRIEND.

To Christian Friends this Volume makes appeal;
Friends are indulgent.... Christian Friends can feel.



BOSTON:

PUBLISHED BY MUNROE AND FRANCIS.
NO. 4, CORNHILL.

1816.

 
 

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REVd. JOHN MURRAY

 
 


DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS: To wit:

L.S.District Clerk's Office.

BE it remembered, that on the sixth day of May, A.D. 1816, in the fourtieth year of the Independence of the United States of America, JUDITH SARGENT MURRAY, of the said district has deposited in this office the Title of a Book, the right whereof she claims as propietror in the words following, to wit:

"Records of the Life of the Rev. JOHN MURRAY; late minister of the Reconciliation, and senior pastor of the Universalists, congregated in Boston. Written by himself. The records contain Anecdotes of the writer's infancy, and are extended to some years after the commencement of his public labors in America. To which is added a brief Continuation, to the closing scene. By a Friend.

To Christian Friends this Volume makes appeal;
Friends are indulgent....Christian Friends can feel."

In comformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled "An Act for the Encouragement of learning, by securing 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 an 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 time therein mentioned," and extending the Benefits thereof to the Arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other Prints."

WILLIAM S. SHAW,

clerk of the district of massachusetts.


 
 

PREFACE.

THE pages, which compose the Volume now presented to the public, were originally designed only for the eye of a tender and beloved friend.

They were written at the earnest request of one, to whom the Author was endeared by many years of intimate friendship, and still more by those divine and soul-soothing tenets, of which it was his distinguished lot to be ordained the Promulgator.

For those who, like this individual, have dwelt with rapture upon the blessed assurance of the boundless and enduring love of a redeeming God, as powerfully exhibited by those lips which rarely opened but to expatiate upon the glad tidings which was the theme of the angelic song: For those, who loved the philanthropic, the inspired Preacher, for the sake of the glorious inspiration; these sheets will possess the strongest, and most important interest: To such, and to such only, they are addressed. It is in compliance with their solicitations that they are sent into the world, and it is not even expected that those who turned a deaf ear to his consolatory message, and who knew not the powers of his mighty mind, or the pure, and exalted benevolence of his heart, will have any interest in inquiring, "What manner of man was he who told these things, nor what spirit he was of?"

BOSTON, MAY 2, 1816.

 
 

CONTENTS.

 

 
An account of the Author's birth and parentage, with succeeding events until the decease of his father
.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .
Page 4
Record continued until the Author's departure from Ireland
.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .
42
Arrival in England, and further progress of the inexperienced Traveller
.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .
62
The Author becomes a happy husband, a happy father. He embraces the "truth as it is in Jesus," and from this, and other combining causes, he is involved in great difficulties. Death deprives him of his wedded friend, and his infant son, and he is overtaken by a series of calamities
.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .
90
The bereaved man quitting his native shores, embarks for America, indulging the fond hope of sequestering himself in the solitude for which he sighed. But, contrary to his expectations, a series of circumstances unite to produce him a Promulgator of the gospel of God our Saviour
.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .
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Record continued from the September of 1770, to the winter of 1774
.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .
134
Summary Record of Events from January 1775, to October 1809; with a fac simile of General Washington's hand writing
.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .
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Record continued from October, 1809, to September, 1815, including the closing scene
.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .
228
Conclusion
.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .
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This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.