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CONTENTS.

Introduction, by the Rev. Dr. Sprague .... Page xiii

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EARLY HISTORY OF MR. HAYNES.

Birth.—Abandoned by his parents.—At the age of five months placed in
the family of Deacon Rose.—Eminent piety of the deacon.—Character-
istics of the people.—Alarm in a thunder-storm.—Narrow escape from
drowning.—Exposure to infidelity when a ploughboy.—Privilege at a
common school.—Chimney-corner.—His rule.—Scarcity of books.—The
infidel book.—Death of Mrs. Rose 87—40

CHAPTER II.

HISTORY CONTINUED TILL HE COMMENCES STUDYING FOR THE MINISTRY.

His conversion.—Baptized.—Character of his minister.—Successful re-

proof of gross wickedness.—Enlists into the army.—Campaigns at Roz

bury and Ticonderoga.—Extract from a sermon.—Extract from a manu-

script sermon.—Sickness.—Composes a sermon. — Reads it Saturday

evening.—The sermon 40—58

CHAPTER III.

PREPARATORY STUDIES, &C.

Studies with Rev. Mr. Farrand.—Character and anecdotes of his instrueter

—Teaches school at Wintonbury, and studies Greek with Rev. Mr.

Bradford.—Receives license to preach.—His first sermon.—Preaches

at Granville.—Religious character of the age.—Success with a cavil-

ler 59—78

CHAPTER IV.

MINISTRY AT TORRINQTON.

Ordination.—Preaches at Torrington.—Success.—Anecdote.—Tour to Ver

mont • 70—77

CHAPTER V.

MINISTRY AT RUTLAND.

State of religion in Vermont.—Infidelity prevalent.—Anecdote.—Settles in

Rutland.—Happy illustrations.—Anecdote.—Letter I.—Letter U.—Let-

ter III.—Letter IV.—Letter V.—Letter VI. .... 77—88
CHAPTER VI.

viction of the Booms for the murder of Colvin.—Condemned to suffer

death.—Appearance of Colvin some days previous to the time appointed

for their execution.—Release from prison.—Mr. Haynes's sermon on the

occasion.—Brief sketch of the evidence on the trial.—Confession of

Boom Page 209—252

CHAPTER XVI.

HIS REMOVAL TO GRANVILLE, NEW-YORK.

Letter I. to Deacon Atkins.—Letter II.—Letter III.—Letter IV.—Mr.

Haynes's labours and success in the ministry at Granville.—Death of his

daughter.—Funeral.—The mourning father - - - 253—260

CHAPTER XVII.

MR. HAYNES'S LAST VISITS ABROAD.

Visits Joseph Burr, Esq., on his death-bed.—Extract of a letter giving an
account of his visit at New-York, and at Dr. Sprague's, Albany.—Visit
at Granville, Mass.—Sketch of his sermon.—Anecdote.—His visit to the
old mansion where he was brought up.—Visit to the burying-ground.—
Visit to the apple-tree where he first found the Saviour—Brief sketch of
his sermon on taking leave of the people where he was brought up

261—272

CHAPTER XVIII.

VIEWS OF CHARACTER.

As a man, in instructor m theology, and a Christian.—Personal comeliness.

—Tenderness and sympathy.— Quickness of perception. — Memory.—

Judgment.— Literature. — Industry. — Anecdote. — Domestic virtues.—

Honesty.—Affability.—Anecdote.—Talents as an instructer in theology.

—Eminent piety.

Ministerial gifts.—Happy in the choice of his text.—Originality in his plans.

—Skeleton of a sermon as a specimen.—His preaching discriminating.—

Knowledge of men.—Use of the poets.—Abundant use of Scripture.—

Simplicity.—Animation.

His character in the closing scene.—His disease a species of gangrene.—His

last sermon.—Disease increases.—His last letter.—Interviews with min-

isterial brethren.—Solemn interview with his son.—Kindness to all

around him.—Triumphant views.—Happy death.—Extiact of letters.—

Funeral.—Minute of Rutland Consociation.—Epitaph - 272—312

Elegy.—" Love in death" 313—314

Reminiscences of Rev. Lemuel Haynes .... 315—319

APPENDIX - . - 321

Funeral Sermon delivered at Rutland, on the death of the Rev. Abra-

ham Carpenter - .... 321—333

Extracts from a Sermon delivered at Granville, N. Y. beire the Evangelical Society - - - - -334—345

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INTRODUCTORY REMARKS.

In consenting to write a few paragraphs introductory to this memoir, I am quite aware that I may incur the charge of indelicacy, in seeming to place myself between the public and an individual so much my superior in age, that his highly respectable standing in the church is the subject of some of my earliest recollections. It is due to myself to say, that, in performing this service, I yield my scruples, on the score of delicacy, to the wishes of a venerated friend and father, in whose neighbourhood it has been my privilege to pass several delightful years of my ministry; and, even if the public should not acquit me of a disposition to be obtrusive, it will be some satisfaction to me to have complied with the wishes of one towards whom I entertain so cordial and affectionate a regard. j^t

In the few remarks which I purpose to make, it*tvill be my object to exhibit an outline of the process by which the providence of God usually operates in raising individuals from great obscurity to eminent usefulness in the church; and then to consider some of the lessons which such events are adapted to inculcate.

If I mistake not, it will be found in most cates m B

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