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it encounters, is steadily and surely unambitious, unpretentious, and guilecarrying forward to its consummation. less ; always intent upon the grand His power and grace and promise ex- purpose of his life, and happy in the clude all doubt as to its ultimate and good name and usefulness of all around complete accomplishment. Our faith, him. He seemed governed by Chrisour prayers, our labors and sacrifices tian principle, almost as if it were a may hasten the day.”
part of his nature, and moved forward Mr. Greene removed, with his fam- without show or noise, or appearing to ily, to Westboro, Massachusetts, in desire popular attention. There was, 1849; and the next year God was perhaps, some excess of this virtue. It pleased to take from him his beloved would have increased his usefulness to wife. His house having been, not long have been somewhat more regardful of after, consumed by fire, he removed to the opinion of others. His mind was of Windsor, Vermont. In 1860 he re- a high order. He had uncommon power turned again to Westboro, where, with of fixing the attention and analyzing great satisfaction to himself, he spent subjects, and great mental resources. the residue of his days.
His thoughts in prayer were apposite The circumstances of his death were and copious, and only required a more affecting. Men were blasting a rock distinct and less rapid enunciation to near his house, and a descending frag- have enlisted the feelings of all reflectment struck him on the head, inflicting ive and serious minds. He ranked a mortal injury. This was on Tues- among the best theologians. His mind day, April 1866, and he lay perfectly was intent upon the truth, and nothing unconscious till Saturday, the 7th, but the truth, and was open to eviwhen he died. His funeral was at- dence; and having a memory which tended on the 11th, the Congregational seldom forgot what he wished to rechurch being well filled by people of tain, he was, in the best sense, a wellall denominations in the town, where informed man. His knowledge was he was universally respected. A con- more accurate, more copious, more siderable number of gentlemen, and really valuable, than that of most men. some ladies, were present from Boston, “He was not a sectarian; but a and clergymen came in from the sur- frank, catholic Christian. Still he rounding region. Prayers were offered studied and loved the doctrines and by Dr. Blagden, of Boston, and Mr. polity of the Congregational churches Sheldon, of Westboro, and addresses of New England, and could always were made by his former associate, the give a good reason for his faith and writer of this brief memorial, by Dr. practice. On ecclesiastical councils, Thompson, pastor of the church to and in adjusting difficulties in churches, which he belonged when residing in he was judicious and often very helpRoxbury, and by Mr. Sheldon, pastor ful. of the church of which he was last a His keen discrimination, strong member. His remains sleep in West- memory, and capital good sense made boro, near those of his wife, in a beau- him a sharp critic in exegesis and sertiful rural cemetery.
monizing ; and though sometimes apThe muscular development of Mr. parently severe, he was nevertheless Greene was nearly perfect, and almost kind and fair, never captious or vinas much may be said as to the devel- dictive. Brethren, who met him in opment of his mental powers. Hence associations, valued his wise suggeshis duties were performed with but tions, and felt profited by familiar inlittle consciousness of fatigue. He was tercourse with him.
Notwithstanding his usual grave and sentimentalism, from assumed humility, and sober appearance, like a man in earnest, unreal sanctity in every form, is seldom to be as he always was, he could be, and at met with. How ingenuous was he! He was times was, very racy and playful in not afraid to be lively, though too earnest a familiar conversation and in friendly
man to fall into levity. He was modest, correspondence. We are told of a
not ashamed to blush, though not afraid of letter of this sort he addressed to a beg pardon of a day-laborer as soon as of the
He would, if there were occasion, brother minister on the subject of New Governor, and, in either case, simply because England pastorates in Congregational of its being right and proper. churches, in which he gave full scope “He was a manly man, a man of robust to a mirth-provoking wit that his friend honesty, who in thinking and in dealings never suspected he possessed. He had moved straight forward, his path being the a full, well-rounded character, and was shortest distance between two given points. a man to be both respected and loved.” Who ever suspected David Greene of aiming
Dr. Thompson, in his address at the at popularity, of struggling after greatness ? funeral, spoke of him as follows:
How little of self, how little that was petty
or personal entered into the springs of action “Every acquaintance will pronounce his with him! . . . He was always in his place; eye single, and hence his whole body was full Sabbath vagrancy he held in low esteem. of light. He was seldom mystified; with How fervent were the supplications poured sophistry he never could have patience. from those lips now closed in silence! How There were no stained windows to his mind; earnest his hortatory appeals! How deep his he saw almost everything in a white light; interest in the Sabbath School! He believed having rare insight into character, and into in the Abrahamic covenant, in its obligations the practical bearing of things ; never beguiled and privileges, sealed to the children of beby forms; fastening at once upon the kernel, lieving parents. The first time that I admindiscriminating promptly between essentials istered baptism was to one of this group, then and accessories, between the certain and the an infant in those strong hands, now crossed probable. Vigorous common sense was the and motionless till the resurrection. staple of his mind. His mental constitution "It can easily be gathered why it seems was compact; he could readily concentrate to us, at Roxbury, as if he had never been his faculties; he would never trifle with a dismissed from the church there. His influsubject, nor with an individual. There was ence for good lingers still. For the same too much on hand, and life, in his estimation, reason, he continued to the last, in some was too momentous to allow of one's spend- sense, a public man. Such men are, by the ing time in lamentations over the past. force of character, always in office. Though What acquaintance would not exclaim, 'Be- not one to fascinate, he was one to inspire hold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!' deep confidence; and excellence like his is A noble simplicity characterized him. A of itself inevitably a power. He could not more unpretending man, a man freer from retire from the Christian, nor from the misegotism, from all that is factitious, from all sionary world.”
RARE OLD BOOKS.
BY REV. M. K. CROSS, WASHINGTON, IOWA.
THERE are more ways to derive in- contain.” He then proceeds to trace struction from books,” says John minutely the history of some disFoster, “ than the direct and chief one tinguished volume that has been long of applying the attention to what they and extensively circulated, noting some of the most remarkable circumstances one or two brief centuries. The progconnected with it. “It is striking, to ress of opinion and principle, on great a degree even awful” (he observes), questions of philosophy and morals, is “ to reflect what such a book must have also forcibly suggested; while the done; to how many it may have im- depth and earnestness of the piety parted thoughts new and affecting, which ruled the godly of other times which nothing could expel; how many throws a beautiful glow over the dim it may have been made the mean of pages on which it is recorded. leading into a happy life, and to a Although not a professed antiquarihappy end; how many it has arrested, an, one can appreciate the enthusiasm disturbed, and warned, whom it could with which those who are, linger not persuade. So great a number of among the dusty alcoves where the accountable beings, unknown, for the wisdom and the piety of past ages are most past, to one another, scattered enshrined in books. The enterprise of here and there, over more than one erecting a Library Building for the country, and over a long space of time, preservation of rare and valuable have come into some certain relation books, by the American Congregato this one book!” 1
tional Association, grows in our estiWith what profound admiration we mation, when we think how many of gaze upon the ancient Cedars of Leb- these precious relics will soon be gone, anon, the old and towering trees of irrecoverably, if the work is not pushed California, and the venerable elms that on to completion. Private owners, adorn our public parks and meadow who are not willing wholly to part lawns! In the same spirit we cherish with such volumes, might be glad to an old volume, that has been the guide avail themselves of a safe place of deand solace of departed friends. As posit, where others could enjoy the we hold it in our hands, or gaze upon benefit of seeing them, at least; and it in its place on the shelf, we recall, many would, no doubt, in the end, with fresh interest, the image of the conclude to leave them there as a permother, the wife, or the child, who. manent donation. once perused its pages, but whose I have lately met with some rare old hands are now still, and whose eyes volumes, in the library of Rev. Charles are forever closed upon those earthly Thompson, an English Baptist minis
As our range of backward ter, who was personally acquainted musing is extended, by some elder vol- with John Foster, and preached for ume which has fallen under our eye, some time in Robert Hall's pulpit, at we think how the hearts of men in Bristol. Mr. Thompson is in his earlier generations were moved and seventy-third year, has been preaching molded by the pages which have come in this country a number of years, and down to us.
The antique type, the now resides at Washington, Iowa. He coarse and faded paper, the obsolete assures me that he has been offered, spelling, the interjected marginal'notes and refused, five hundred dollars for a (still retained in some modern books), single volume, entitled, — “ The Bible : and the quaint pictorial devices with That is, The Holy Scriptvres, Conwhich they were illustrated and orna
teined in the Old and New Testament; mented, — all report the wonderful with most profitable Annotations upon progress of literature and art, within all hard places : Imprinted by Robert
Barker, Printer to the King's most 1 Introductory Essay to Doddridge's Rise and Excellent Maiestie. 1606.” The same Progress of Religion in the Soul of Man. volume also contains “ The Whole
Booke of Psalmes : Collected into Grone for Salvation and VVrastle
all glory vnto God to vyhom it is due.”
Bachelour of Divinity, etc. 1634.” Another interesting work, of an The pictorial devices with which earlier date, is the first translation of these volumes are adorned, are quite Martin Luther's Commentary on the as entertaining as any other part of Epistle to the Galatians. The title- them. One, for instance, is a huge page, in part, is as follows: “A Com- Bible resting on an hour-glass; a skelmentarie of M. Doctor Martin Luther eton with an arrow, supporting it on Vpon The Epistle of S. Paul to the one side, and a man, with wings and a Galathians, first collected and gathered scythe, supporting it on the other. vvord by vvord out of his preaching, Over and under the picture are these and novy out of Latine faithfully trans- words :lated into English for the vnlearned.
“Study me in thy Prime. Imprinted at London by Thomas Van
Bury Death, and weary Time.” trouillier, dvvelling vvithin the Blacke frears by Ludgate. Cum Privilegio.
On the sides are the following: 1575."
“ The Glasse doth Runne, and Time doth The work is dedicated, or addressed, Goe, “ To All Afflicted Consciences VVhich Death hath his End, I have not so."
SOME FACTS IN THE HISTORY OF THE NORTH PARISH OF HA
VERHILL, AND OF THE CHURCH AND RELIGIOUS SOCIETY NOW KNOWN AS THE "UNION CHURCH AND SOCIETY OF NORTH HAVERHILL, MASS., AND THE TOWN OF PLAISTOW, N. H."
BY REV. DAVID OLIPHANT, ANDOVER, Ms. THE town of Haverhill, Mass., in- this purpose. At this time the call to cluded originally, beside its present Mr. Cushing was renewed, and Dec. area, the largest part of Methuen, Mass., 2d fixed as the day for his ordination. a large part of Salem, Hampstead, Mr. Parsons, of Salisbury, preached, Plaistow, and all of Atkinson, N. H. Mr. Brown, of Haverhill, gave the
. In the autumn of 1727, on account of charge, and Mr. Tufts, of Newton, the distance from the only place of worship Right Hand of Fellowship. The next in the town, and badness of roads, the spring the proprietors of the town north and west parts of the town ob- voted to give Mr. Cushing about twentained permission of the town to hold ty-nine acres of land. meetings in each of these localities, By the running of a new line beduring the following winter. The in- tween Massachusetts and New Hamphabitants of the north part had, a few shire, in 1741, nearly one-third of the months previous to the obtaining of territory, population, and property of this permission, petitioned the town to Haverhill fell to the north of this line. build a meeting-house there, but with- Two-thirds of Mr. Cushing's hearers, out success. Meetings were held, how- exclusive of Hampstead, lived north ever, as appears from the fact that of it. The meeting-house was in that money was obtained of the town the section of North Haverhill now called following spring to pay the minister. Plaistow, and stood very near the line At the meeting, when this money was which now divides the above mentioned obtained, a petition was again present- States. A Congregational church, ed for leave to build a meeting-house, however, has never been organized in and though still unsuccessful, on June Plaistow, since its incorporation as a 18th, 1728, a vote was passed by the town, the people of Plaistow being the town to set off the north part of the same who previously belonged to the town as a distinct parish. The parish North Parish of Haverhill. This acoriginally included Hampstead, or counts for the union of the people of Timberlane, as it was then called, At- Plaistow and North Haverhill in one kinson, and Plaistow.
church and society from the first to In 1730, the town allowed the North the present time. Parish or Precinct ten pounds towards Land was early given by the proprithe support of a minister. A Mr. etors of Haverhill for the support of Haynes was invited to settle over the the ministry in the North Parish, and parish, but declined the invitation. indeed for its support in all the parishMr. James Cushing, son of Rev. The land belonging to the North Caleb Cushing of Salisbury, Mass., Parish was sold, and the proceeds of was soon after invited, and accepted it were incorporated by the Legislature the call.
of Massachusetts as a ministerial fund, The church in the North Parish Feb. 8, 1823, for the mutual benefit of was organized Nov. 4th, 1730, of mem- the North Parish and Plaistow ; and bers dismissed from the 1st church for it was thus used till about the year