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Rev. DAVID LEWIS PARMELEE blessed God.” That he might carry this dedied in Litchfield, Ct., June 29, 1865, in the sire into effect, he entered upon a course of seventieth year of his age. He was the eldest theological reading and study under the son of David and Lucy (Lewis) Parmelee, direction of Rev. Dr. Harvey, his former and was born in Litchfield, Nov. 11, 1795. pastor, and after two years thus employed,
Having acquired a good English education offered himself before the Middlesex, Ct., in the best schools in his native village, he Association, and by that body was approved became, at the age of sixteen, a clerk in the and licensed to preach the gospel. mercantile house of Messrs. Norton & Beach, After laboring for a season in several parin Goshen, Ct., and remained with them five ishes as a temporary supply, he was, at the years. Upon the dissolution of the firm with age of thirty-five, ordained and installed as which he had served a faithful and approved pastor of the Congregational church and soapprenticeship, he became connected in mar- ciety in Bristol, Ct. Although entering on riage with Miss Sally Stanley, only daughter the public ministry thus late in life, compared of William Stanley, Esq., of Goshen, and with many, it was evident that God had orcommenced business as a merchant on his dered his previous course of training, even in
things secular, as well as religious, that he Although he had been baptized in his child- might the better know how to “take care of hood, after the forms of the Episcopal the church of God.” He at once gave proof Church; and had, during the years of his that he was “not a novice,” and hence, not minority, been a conscientiously strict Epis-“ being lifted up with pride,” he did not copalian, he was all the while an evident and “fall into the condemnation of the devil” earnest inquirer after truth, and a frequent (as some do). His ministry of ten years in attendant on the ministrations of Dr. Lyman Bristol was eminently useful and successful. Beecher, then pastor of the Congregational The congregation was largely increased. church in Litchfield. It was after his remov- Special revivals were enjoyed, and the church al to Goshen, however, and while attending greatly strengthened and prospered. The on the ministry of Rev. Joseph Harvey, that town of Bristol then had, as it has now, an his mind became settled in regard to the active, enterprising population, and their great principles of evangelical faith ; and pastor's previous habits of life, exact and then it was, as he believed, and afterwards prompt, in all secular transactions, not only manifested, that he became a renewed man. enabled him to know how and when to deal Still, being accustomed to exercise a careful with them to their own benefit, but also led judgment on all matters of vital moment, and them the more bighly to esteem him as a not fully satisfied as to the character of his man, and to appreciate his services as a religious experience, he deferred making a good minister of Jesus Christ.” public profession for several years, till, in a But the ministry of reconciliation faithfully season of special revival, he obtained new performed in a large and increasing congrelight, and new evidence of the work of the gation, is a work wearing to both body Holy Spirit upon his heart, and openly es- and mind. So our departed brother found poused the cause of Christ. However up- it, and at the end of ten years' constant laright he had always been in his dealings with bor, “instant in season, out of season,” men, - however successful in his secular busi- feeling the need of temporary rest, he sought ness, and however honored, as he had been a release from the people of his charge. He by his townsmen, in matters of public respon- was accordingly dismissed, much to the resibility and trust, he now inquired, in refer- gret of the church and of the ministerial ence to what should be his future line of ser- brethren with whom he had been associated vice for Christ, “Lord, what wilt thou have in ecclesiastical relations. me to do?” He had, by his honest industry, He was not, however, allowed to remain and exact attention to all the details of busi- long unemployed. The church and society in ness, acquired a competence as to property, Litchfield, South Farms (now Morris), soon and now, with some just appreciation of the sought his labors, and he shortly after was invalue of the “true riches,” he felt a strong stalled as their pastor. The church had been desire to preach “the glorious gospel of the feeble and divided, but his labors were blessed,
promoting their union and strength ; and his Masters of Divinity of ancient New Engministry of twenty years as their sole pastor, land, such as Bellamy and Edwards and was one of great spiritual benefit to them and Hopkins, and the doctrinal tenets and teachto their children. As a watchman on the of the Holy Book, — he was a workman that walls of Zion, he was ever vigilant against needed not to be ashamed. the incursions of error. As a shepherd, en- Indeed, in ability to “box the compass” trusted by the great Head of the church with in all the cardinal and semi-cardinal points the care of the flock, like his namesake of and quarterings of theology, but few of the old, “So he fed them according to the integ- present generation of ministers excelled him. rity of his heart, and guided them by the As a preacher, what he had of eloquence lay skillfulness of his hands.” He was, at the not in voice nor in manner, but in clear same time, deeply interested in all the benevo- statement, in close argument, in scriptural lent and religious enterprises of the day; his proof and illustration, and in natural inferown agent in presenting these objects to his ence and pungent application. Hence, his people ; and thus bringing them up, by pre
were always instructive, and were cept and by example, to a creditable degree listened to with interest and benefit by lovers of activity in the cause of temperance, of of Bible truth. education, of home and foreign missions, As a member of ecclesiastical bodies, he and of all those human and Divine charities was rightly regarded as one of the first among which tend to make the world better and hap- his brethren,- well versed in all the rules of pier, and to bring honor unto God. Having order and details of business ; — wise and no other family than his beloved wife, and faithful in counsel, a kind healer of divisions having made ample provision for her earthly and strife, yet never inclined to favor expedicomfort, he gave, by his will, valuable lega. ency at the expense of right. cies to several of our more important institu. As a minister of God for good toward the tions for enlarging the kingdom of Christ. sick and the bereaved, — toward the widow, During the last four years of our brother's the fatherless, and the youth and children of life, in consequence of waning bodily health his charge, - of intense patriotism in the naand strength, he gave up the responsible tion's trials, — the friend of humanity in charge of his church, and removed to Litch- every form and of every complexion, — his field, so that the village where he had his memory will be ever dear to all who knew birth, was also the place of his death. Yet him, and his RECORD IS ON HIGH. still he continued to serve his Master as occasion and health permitted, — sometimes by preaching and administering the special ordi- Rev. MOSES ROBINSON died at Steamnances to his own beloved church, some- boat Rock, Iowa, 2 September, 1865; aged times to neighboring churches, often in the ec- fifty years, four months, and six days. clesiastical councils of his own Association, He was a son of Cephas and Matilda Roband always in the village conference and inson, and was born in Burlington, Vt., 26 prayer meetings.
April, 1865. He was graduated at MiddleHis last sickness of eight weeks was pain- bury in 1839, and at Union Theological Semfully severe, but he knew in whom he had inary in 1842, and received license from the believed, and whose gospel he had so long Presbytery of New York in the spring of declared ; his end was peace ; he rests from 1842. Returning to Vermont, he married, his labors, and his works do follow him. 20 July, 1842, Elizabeth M. Smith of Monk
We have said of Mr. Parmelee that he was ton, and immediately went West to engage not a "novice," even at the first. Neither in the home missionary work. He preached was he ever distinguished for human scholars in Livonia, Ia., 1843–44, and was there orship, — never studied Greek nor Hebrew,- dained as an evangelist in the spring of 1843; never received any college degree or honor, in Brownston, La., 1844-45; in Wadsworth, never had the modern misapplied, and ques- Ohio, 1845–46. Finding that his health retionable reputation of being a "smart man.” quired a change of climate, he returned to
Yet as a theologian, - as one who had Vermont in 1846, and was acting pastor at learned and adopted the views of the great Danville four months, and at Enosburgh three
months. At Enosburgh he received a call four years, during the last three of which, he to the pastorate, which he declined, but by prenched on alternate Sabbaths in Newport mutual agreement he was constituted pastor and Brighton. In the summer of 1855 he by vote of the church, with the privilege on removed to Iowa. He preached in Iowa either side of dissolving the relation upon City five months, in Waterloo seven months, three months' notice.
and about 1 June, 1856, became acting pastor He preached at Enosburg, from 1 March, at Steamboat Rock, where he remained till 1847 to 1 June, 1851, and then became act- his death. ing pastor at Newport, where he remained
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Books of Interest to Congregationalists. In looking through a volume published in place as a classic in religious biography. But 1841 by the Presbyterian Board of Publica- the younger brother deserves the labor which tion, entitled “Records of the Presbyterian a fitting biographer has now given. The exChurch in the United States of America,” tract we have quoted is an epitome of his life. embracing the official minutes of their early Patient investigation seems to have discovbodies from 1706 to 1788, we repeatedly ran cred every item still lingering either in record across the name of John Brainerd, particu- or tradition. Somewhat scanty materials larly in connection with the Indian missions ; have been grouped into a full-shaped biogand we wished for information about him. raphy. The work bears evidence on its That want is fully met in a remarkably valu- face of careful research — and we have had able contribution, not only to religious biog- some experience in such matters — into evraphy, but to history. 1 - "As the friend of erything which could furnish a date or a fact. Whitefield, the Tennents, Presidents Ed- Original letters and other papers are liberally wards, Burr, and Dickinson,” — well says the introduced ; and much collateral religious biographer, —“as the trustee for twenty-six history. The result is a trusty and exhaustyears of the College of Princeton; as the ive record; and, written in a capital style Moderator of the Old Synod of New York for such a record, - a remarkably interesting and Philadelphia (the then Presbyterian and satisfactory book. There is not a.“dry” Church); as one selected to fill the place of page in it. President Edwards at Stockbridge, on his John Brainerd became a Presbyterian. He transfer to Nassau Hall; as a chaplain in the was licensed by the New York Presbytery ; old French war on the frontiers of Canada; but he was of Congregationalist stock, and as the first domestic missionary of the Pres- trained in its fellowship. We have failed, byterian Church in the United States; as a probably from carelessness, in finding the faithful missionary to the Indians for more date of his church-membership; but he was a than twenty years; and, above all, as a holy native of that Haddam which was so prolific and consecrated man of God, I think there in eminent men. Of the local influences which are materials in the life of John Brainerd to doubtless had some, and the religious influjustify the tardy presentation of his journal ences which had more power, no more graphic and biography to the public."
description could be given than that in the John Brainerd's name has been, and al- Life of Emmons (ed. 1861, I. 2-8), by Proways will be, eclipsed by that of his broth- fessor Park, — who, if he was known only as er David. The life of the latter, drawn by a biographer, would be known as unsurpassed the pen of the elder Edwards, and hightened by any living writer in that department. in interest by his tender ties with one of the If John Brainerd lived and died a Presbytefamily of that eminent man, has long had its rian, this memoir shows what faith and vigor
he carried with him from the Congregational 1 The life of John Brainerd, the brother of David order, in days when Connecticut CongregaBrainerd, and his successor as Missionary to the In
tionalism and Presbyterianism had little to dians of New Jersey. By Rev. Thomas Brainerd, D.D., pastor of " Old Pine Street Church,” Philadelphia. separate them. The biography gives full acPhiladelphia : Presbyterian Publication Committee.
counts of the family, - a labor of love to 12 mo. pp. 496.
one of that stock; not the least of the sources
of interest to Congregationalists. It is en- however, are not the place to correct the riched also with satisfactory historical and errors which we find in regard to the places biographical notes, and is the best contribu- with which we are familiar. tion to this kind of literature lately issued.
We have no right to express any Anything truthful pertaining to the opinion upon Dr. Murphy's Commentary on life and character of our late Chief Magis- Genesis,3 just introduced in fine shape to the trate 1 is of interest and value to every truly American public, until we have had opporloyal American. Dr. Holland has had, and tunity to examine it. It has the indorsement has secured, unusual facilities for obtaining of Rev. Dr. Joseph P. Thompson, however, the materials — and confessedly has the ability in these words :to arrange them — for making a book at once “I would commend it as a timely antidote reliable and attractive, "a book for the peo- to much of the negative and destructive critple,” and we are the people will icism upon the Pentateuch which has so largewant and will appreciate it. The engraved ly obtained in Germany, and of late in Englikeness of his subject is the best we have land also, rather than as a complete solution
We are cordially grateful to the of the many sacred questions in language, in author of this work for his patriotic labors, science, and in history which pertain to the soand to the publishers for the faithful manner called “Books of Moses.' The merits of Dr. in which they have given them to the reading Murphy's work, are a nice critical analysis of public. It is a worthy memorial of Abraham the text, a candid consideration of all alleged Lincoln, our martyr President.
difficulties, a common-sense view of the prinThe military biography of “Stone- ciples of interpretation, and a philosophical wall Jackson "2 is well worth reading, to see
clearness and comprehensiveness in the statewhat a sturdy character the strongest Calvin
ment of inference or of doctrine. It consists ism can make; and how a good man can be of an exact literal translation of such pason the wrong side sometimes. Stonewall Jack- sages as contain either verbal or grammatison's Christian character none can doubt. cal difficulties, and of a critical and exegetiIn spite of his error, the country will yet be cal commentary based upon the grammatical proud of his strong piety, earnest faith, and
construction of the text, and framed in thoroughly Puritanic zeal. This biography view of the best lights of modern criticism is a very readable book; especially so to one
and science. Thus, in the narratives of the who served in a corps to which “ Stonewall creation and the deluge, our author unfolds, Jackson
was a living and lively reality in step by step, the literal meaning of the sacred the Valley, at Winchester, at Strasburg, at writer, and evolves from the Hebrew a sense Cedar Mountain, at Manassas, and at Chan. which accords with the facts of astronomical cellorsville. The book, however, is not al- and geo gical science.” ways reliable as to facts, though doubtless the
Theological students and pastors writer was entirely honest. The events of will be gratified to find a new edition of Dr. “Banks' retreat are far from accurate; and Pond's Lectures. He tells us they have the battle of. Winchester, occurring therein, is been all re-written, and some of them “ have wonderfully colored. The account of Cedar received important modifications.” They are Mountain battle gives us 32,000 men, against replete with sound orthodoxy and good comJackson's “two divisions and a portion of a
We earnestly wish them a wide third.” The fact was, we had less than 8,000 circulation. Will not some loving steward men, and were badly overmatched. The au- of Christ place a few hundred copies at the thor mentions ten brigades of the rebels as disposal of the American Home Missionary actually engaged; we had five. Our pages,
3 Lectures on Pastoral Theology, by Enoch Pond, 1 The Life of Abraham Lincoln, by J. G. Holland, D. D., Professor in the Theological Seminary, Bangor. Member of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Draper & Halliday, 58–64 Cornhill, Boston, Mass. Springfield, Mass. Published by Gordon Bill. 1866. pp. 395. $1.75.
4 A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Book 2 Stonewall Jackson. A Military Biography, with of Genesis, with a new translation. By J. G. Mura Portrait and Maps. By John Esten Cooke, formerly phy, D.D., T C.D., Professor of Hebrew, Belfast. With of General Stuart's statl. New York : D. Appleton a Preface by J. P. Thompson, D.D., New York City. & Company. 1866. 8vo. pp. 470.
Andover: Warren F. Draper. 1866 8 vo. pp. 635.
Society, for gratuitous distribution among its the other five satisfactorily to himself settles needy laborers in distant and destitute fields ? the question, and so through the ten, each A copy in the hands of many a self-denying giving up one-half of his defences, and in the man we wot of would help him to many a other half fortifying his position and driving better sermon.
his assailants from the field, does that prove That Christ will come to reign per- his cause weak, or his position untenable ? sonally upon the earth again, may be doubted, To us it proves the reverse. But to all who for many reasons besides the one great reason,
wish to see the largest, the ablest, and on the viz., the utter want of proof from the Bible whole the fairest treatise in favor of immerthat He will thus come. This little volume 1 sion as the only mode of Christian baptism, gives the views of a "layman" on this sub
we heartily commend this book. If the more ject, which has called forth the efforts of abler
water the better Christian, let the floods open men. He writes with evident sincerity, and and receive us all ! his reasoning will aid in confirming those
There is an abridgment of the above work who are now inclined to adopt his opinions. in pamphlet of 76 pages, — price 75 cts. The subject of Baptism is still
The history, faith, and polity of the open for discussion.
Little new may be
Baptists have received the attention of D. B. said now; but to collate all that has been Cheney, D. D., in a lecture delivered before best said, and to put it into an available form
the Addisonian Society of San Francisco, and yet not beyond the reach of our common
and published in that city by Towne & Bacon readers, is a work requiring great patience and is well printed, taking the usual denomi
in a pamphlet of 60 pp. It is well written and perseverance. Mr. Ingham has given to
national views of the questions that divide his countrymen, and sent a few copies over
that sect from others. to the benighted of America, the fruits of his toil in this direction, modestly calling his
We refer to Agassiz' Structure of great work, “A Hand-Book on Christian
Animal Life, to call attention to the sixth lecBaptism.”? It is rather a Thesaurus, or
ture, — on “Evidence of an Intelligent and Cyclopædia. In the main, it is fairly written constantly Creative Mind in the Plans and as a controversial book. We dissent from
Variations of Structure.” Prof. Agassiz is his interpretation, of course. He brings to
not like some scientific men- - ashamed to bis aid the opinions of the ablest Baptist connect nature with God. writers, and of some very critical scholars.
The American Tract Society, of He makes very much of the concessions of Boston, have recently issued the following different writers who have opposed the exclu- interesting books: sive immersion dogma; and taking a suffi- “ Precious Truths,” sixty VERY short sercient number of them, he finds that collective
less than two pages to each - on very ly they yield all the immersionists claim. In important themes: “Words to the Winners our view our brethren have not been wise in of Souls, by Horatius Bonar, D. D.,”— excelhusbanding their resources, and fortifying lent and suggestive; “ Enoch Roden's Trainthemselves at every available point, as they ing,” 233 pp.; “ The Good Fight,” 208 pp. might have done. But if it be conceded that admirable and attractive; “Reef Village, or this entire question turns on the settlement of What a Few Can Do,” 168 pp.; “ Polished ten disputed points, and ten writers take Diamonds, by Rev. John Todd, D. D.,' them in hand, and each yields five and with pp. — just like the able author, whom our
youth claim as their own ; “ The Fisherman's 1 Views of Prophecy concerning the Jews, the Sec- Daughter,” 143 pp. — interesting to young ond Advent, and the Millennium. By a Layman. readers. The same fertile source of reading Philadelphia : Smith, English & Co., No. 23 North
matter have issued the “Freedman's Second Sixth street. New York: Sheldon & Co. Boston: Gould & Lincoln. Cincinnati: Geo. S. Blanchard
and Third Readers,” well fitted to the pur& Co. 1866. pp. 94.
poses for which they are designed. 2 A land-Book of Christian Baptism, by R. Ing
London : Simpkin, Marshall & Co., Stationers 3 The Structure of Animal Life. Six Lectures delivHall Court.. 1865. pp. 624, octavo.
For sale by ered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, in January Gould & Lincoln, 59 Washington street, Boston. and February, 1862. By Louis Agassiz. New York : 8vo. Pp. 136. Price $4.00.
Charles Scribner & Company. 1866. 8vo. pp. 136.