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LIFE AND CHARACTER
REV. LEMUEL HAYNES, A.M.,
FOR MANY YEARS PASTOR OF A CHURCH IN RUTLAND, VT., AND LATE IN
BY TIMOTHY MATHER COOLEY, D.D.,
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1837, by
HARPER & BROTHERS, in the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of New-York.
The subject of the following Memoir having left among his writings but very limited materials for his biography, the principal facts have been collected by correspondence and personal application. Some scores of individuals have been thus consulted. For their prompt attention to the inquiries of the author they will accept his grateful acknowledgments. Materials have been collected, and the book written, under the pressure of professional labours, during the progress of a precious work of God's Spirit in his own congregation and in neighbouring churches. This is his apology for the unexpected delay of the publication, and for inaccuracies which time and leisure might have corrected. The book goes forth with but few of those attractions which usually command attention. The style is without ornament. The subject of the Memoir was in humble life, with no adventitious circumstances of rank, wealth, or family to recommend him to special notice. There is, however, one redeeming circumstance. The acute Andrew Fuller remarks, “That in attending to written
lives, those narratives should be selected which repre• sent persons who were distinguished by unerring wis.
dom-for GIFTS, GRACES, and USEFULNESS.” In this important respect, the following sketch may not be unworthy of attention. At least, it is believed that the friends and admirers of Mr. Haynes, who often listened to the impassioned eloquence of the living preacher, will welcome this attempt to rescue his name from oblivion. This Memoir now goes from the author with a fervent prayer that it may exert some influence to counteract pleasing and fatal error, to encourage the pious efforts of the young and the friendless, and to guide the pilgrim to his rest.
TIMOTHY M. COOLEY. Granville, Mass., December, 1836.
I The extracts from the writings of Mr. HAYNES will appear in their original dress, with scarcely a verbal alteration.