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TABLE OF CONTENTS.
[The starred pages indicate those in the October issue, so numbered—a mistake having occurred in the
Books NOTICED :
Church Discipline, Process of,.
Annual of Scientific Discovery,......
269 Columbian Phønix and Boston Review, 22
Bible Servitude Re-examined,.. 195 Congregationalism in Ohio,.
Letters on the Ministry of the Gospel, 269 Congregational Library Association, 114,
196 198, 279, 359.
195 Congregational Quarterly Record, 112,
110 197, 271, 355.
110 Congregational Churches, Statistics of,
Adams, Rev. George Washington,..... 192 Master of Oxford's Catechism,...
Dustan, Mrs. Lucy A., ......... 189 Notices of Books,.........110, 195, 269, 353
192 Old Meeting-house of South Parish, An-
268 dover, Ms.,.
263 Orleans Co., Vt., Congregational Churches
Levins, Dea. Alpheus Hall,.
267 Poetry, Elegiac, of last Century,... 247
53 Popham and Gorges, Colonial Schemes of, 148
349 Popular Government and Slavery,....... 46
Parsons, John Safford, A.M.,.
193 Puritan Church, Suggestions toward a
Robinson, Rev. Ralph,
Council (Ecclesiastical) at Hopkinton, in
Pastors settled, „112, 197, 271, 356
342 Radical Fallacy of Current Congregation-
The world, degenerate as it is, has been without variableness or shadow of turnblessed, perhaps at every age, with here ing, as very few have ever done. It may and there an individual whose high intel- seem the more presumptuous, therefore, lectual and moral level, and whose even for one not having had the pleasure and and consistent life no less challenge ad- honor of a personal acquaintance, to atmiration than they defy exact and fitting tempt even this small record, as a tribute description. Suitable words elude your to his memory. But the writer justifies most careful pursuit in any attempt to himself on the pleas,—first, that he has express what indeed is obvious, and im- utterly failed to secure able and willing pressive, and truly characteristic, but hands to perform this service, which the cannot be appropriately translated into public has a right to demand of some one; language. Like a sphere in geometry, Secondly, he has had for over twentycomplete and beautiful to look upon, but five years a pretty general knowledge of furnishing no angle or sinuosity or irre- the public life of his subject, whom he has gularity as a starting point for satisfactory known only to honor and admire; Thirdobservation.
ly, and chiefly, he has available that which Such is the character of the individual others, well qualified to speak, have said whose name is above, and such is the dif- upon the very points he most wishes to ficulty that confronts us at the outset of develope. Little, therefore, is left for him this brief sketch. If he had been less ele- to do, but to collate, connect and arrange vated, less uniform, less straightforward, the ample materials at command; and this more like other men, with a common share plan has the advantage of securing the of eccentricities, or of such peculiarities united testimony of a number of the most as a certain kind of genius gives, then it competent witnesses, in place of the opinwere more easy to write down a brief his- ion of any single individual. tory " with a beginning, middle and end,” which would, clearly enough, identify its
HIS ANCESTORS. own original. Chief Justice Williams had Judge Williams had an honorable and no such irregularities. He moved through pious ancestry. Robert Williams came a long life, in the even tenor of his way, to this country in 1638, and settled in
Roxbury, Ms. He had four sons who years of his life. Judge Williams often survived him. Isaac was born the same spoke of the instruction, example and year, and on maturity” removed to prayers of this estimable Christian woman, Newton, Ms., which town he represented as having been a great blessing to him in in the General Court five or six years, molding his character, and directing his and filled other offices, both civil and course in life. The child in this case was military. His son William was an emi- eminently the father of the man.' nent divine. He was pastor of the Con- While an elder brother was a law gregational church at Hatfield for about student at New Haven, he sent Thomas, fifty-six years. In a sermon preached at then but six years old, a little book, and his funeral by President Edwards, and in received the following verbatim response : a sketch of his life by Dr. Chauncy,
“ My Dear Brother-I am but a little highest qualities of mind and heart are
Boy, and can say but little beside thank attributed to him. Solomon, his son, was
you for the pretty Book you sent me. I perhaps more distinguished than his father.
have read it, and looked at all the picHe was pastor of the Congregational
tures, and showed it to almost all the church in Lebanon, Ct, for fifty-four scholars in our school : So they all know years, and deservedly bore the title of how good you are to your little Brother Doctor of Divinity. Ezekiel, his son,
Tommy S. WILLIAMS.” and the father of Thomas Scott, held many distinguished civil and military offi
When not above nine
years of age,
he ces during the period of the American read with this “fo:ter mother,” Rollins's Revolution, but was generally called Ancient History, quite mature reading “ Sheriff Williams," which office he held for one so young. The brother referred for many years. He was deacon of the to above used to speak to his children of Congregational church at Wethersfield, the remarkable purity of their Uncle Ct., during a large part of his adult life, Thomas's childhood and youth ; it being and is now remembered there by a very
free from all the faults and follies which few, as a most excellent, though eccentric usually attend that period of life. “I rec
On his mother's side, Judge Wil- ollect distinctly hearing my father say,” liams was great grandson of the celebrated
writes his niece, “in speaking of his conRev. Solomon Stoddard, of Northampton, version, which it is generally supposed Ms.
took place only about thirty years before
his death, Thomas was like Jeremiah, HIS CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH.
sanctified from the womb;' and I think Thomas Scott Williams was born at
this was his deliberate opinion concerning Wethersfield, June 26th, 1777, and was
him. Study was always a pleasure to the youngest but one of eleven children. He survived them all; and, indeed, few of him, and in it he needed to be held back
rather than urged on. his associates in his earlier life are now
When he was quite young,
he was placed for a while living. Little, therefore, is known of his
under the tuition of Mr. Azel Backus,” childhood. That he had all the advan
afterwards a distinguished divine. When tages of an early religious training, is in the clearest evidence.1 “ A Scotch lady of 2 Azel Backus was born in Norwich town, October high intelligence, and of warm, devoted
13th, 1765-graduated with high honors at Yale Col
lege in 1787, soon after which he took charge of a piety, resided in the family of Sheriff
grammar school at Wethersfield, Ct.; after this Williams, the father of Thomas. It was studied theology with his uncle, Charles Backus, so that he was committed almost to the D.D., of Somers, was ordained pastor at Betblem,
Ct., April 6, 1791, the immediate successor of Dr. entire care of this lady for the first nine
Bellamy; in 1812 was inaugurated President of 1 Memorial of Hon. Thomas Scott Williams, by
Hamilton College, N. Y., where he died December Rey. Joel IIawes, D.D., Hartford, Ct , p. 17.