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    Jared Sparks
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. His Settlement as a Pastor at Northampton. — Ministerial Habits. — Marriage. — His first Publication — Ministerial Success. — Second and third Publications. — His European Cor respondence During the summer of 1726, when Mr. Edwards had held the office of tutor for a little more than two years, he received a pressing invitation to undertake the pastoral office at Northampton, as a colleague to his grandfather, the Reverend Solomon Stoddard, who had been for more than half a century the highly venerated and beloved pastor of the Congregational church in that town. The people of Northampton were of course well acquainted with the character and standing of their pastor's grandson, and earnestly desired to obtain his services. Their pastor was warmly attached to the promising youth by the joint ties of consanguinity and high esteem, and was no less desirous of receiving him as a colleague. And Mr. Edwards, on his part, had been, on a variety of accounts, long attached to the people and the place, and was predisposed to regard with favor their proposals. He accepted their call: and onthe 15th day of February, 1727, in the twenty fourth year of his age, he was ordained to the work of the gospel ministry, and installed co pastor of the church of Northampton. Here his ministrations were highly acceptable, and his external situation at least such as promised an unusual amount of ministerial comfort. Located in one of the most beautiful towns in New England, connected with a people more than commonly intelligent and polished, and united in the pastoral relation with one on every account so beloved and venerated, there seemed to be no outward circumstance wanting to render his situation pleasant and promising. In one respect, indeed, and that the most important, the town...   show more
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