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His Views and Practice of Church Discipline. His Public Spirit.

His Lore of all Good Men and all Christian Enterprises to elerate Man.

- His Readiness to meet Public Occasions.- Labors for other Churches.

- The High Esteem in which he was held by them contributed to in-

crease his Influence over his People.

His Strictness in Church Discipline. - Views of the Church Covenant. - Duty

to Discipline for Error in Doctrine. - Advocate of Right. - Said to want his

own Way. – Not universally true. - Opposition to Unitarians, - - One

Marked Case. - His Public Spirit. — Loved his Country and her Institutions.

- Loved the Whole World, -- Entered into all Missionary Enterprises, and

whatever tended to Elevate Man. - Rejoiced in Genuine Piety wherever

found. - Public Duties. - Dedication of Hopkins Academy. – Two-hun-

dredth Anniversary of the Landing of the Pilgrims. — Address before the

Alumni of Williams College. - Sermon at Rev. P. Cooke's Ordination. - Its

Adaptation to the Times, -Two Sermons in “ National Preacher."' - Funeral

Sermon of Rev. Dr. J. Lyman. – Murray Street Lecture. – Promptness in

responding to Calls on Ecclesiastical Councils, and to Meetings of Associa-

tion. — Loved his Brethren. – Labors in Neighboring Churches in Times of

Revival. – High Reputation. – Marriage of a Missionary. - Spirit of the Oc-

casion, the Spirit of the Church at the close of his Ministry in Hadley.- Sum-

ming up of his Character, as manifested in his first Ministry in Hadley.. 270-285

His Health enfeebled by Over-Labor. - Call to the Bowery Church in New

York. – Declines. — Previous Calls declined. — Încreased Apprehension in
regard to his Health, especially by Mrs. W.- Call to the Bowery Church
repeated. - Accepts. – Is dismissed. – Removes to New York. -- lis Prede.
cessor, Rev. Mr. Christmas. – Misgivings in Undertaking the Difficult Task.
– Begins his Work.- Plan of Labor. – Encouragements. – Clouds gather.-
Murmurers. - A more excellent Way.-- Great Obstacles. - 1. Location of
Church and Debt. — Desire for a Popular Man to pay the Debt. — 2. Differ-
ence between himself and his People. - Mercantile Mind characterized. -
Mental Habits and Tastes generated by City Life. – Dr. W. not adapted to

A Joyful Occasion to himself and to his Old Flock. – Interesting Associations.

- Installing Council, and the Manner in which he acquitted himself. – Dr.
Humphrey's Opinion of it. – Enters upon his Work with his wonted Fidelity.
- His Opening Sermons. – Dedication of the Church. - His Address. -
Home Feeling. - Parish mucli smaller than formerly. - Other Labors.- Edu-
cation. — Never regained his Influence over the People. – Causen; especially
looser Statements of Doctrive, - Determines to meet this State of Things. -
Letter of Mr. Edson. – Of l’rofessor W. S. Tyler. - - Of Mr. Greene. Re-
tains the same Transparency of Character. - Same Trust in Christ. -
Address before “ Society of Inquiry " in Amherst College. – His IIealth.
- Commences a Journal. --- Death of Mrs. W.'s Mother. – Death of his Son-
in-Law, Captain Hawley.- Death of his Eldest Daughter. - Her Character.
- Poem by Mrs. Cooke. - Ili$ Feelings. - Child of the Deceased Daughter
brought to its (randparents. - Effects of Sorrow. - Recorded Death of Dr.
Hooker's Daughter, – Two more of Dr. W.'s Daughters married. All his
Children in the Church. - Convention Sermon, – Sermons on Epistle to the
Hebrews. – His Opposition to Tayloriam. - Course on Councils. – Great
Mental Acuteness and Theological Knowledge. Dr. Todd's Opinion. -
Views of its Course on Councils both by Friends and Opposers of the “ Novel
Views," -- Dr. Wi's Views. – Mrs. W. sympathizes with him in this regard.


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Paralytic Stroke. Recovers. - Inner Life strengthened. -- Employment

Closct, and Holy Meditation. – Poem. – Last Official Work, – Time for his
Ascension arrived. — Last Sickness and Death. – Funeral Services. – Burial
Place. -- Monument.



He alone is the worthy subject of biography who has that in him, or has achieved that, which is fitted to instruct and stimulate those coming after him. It may be somE ONE leading characteristic, grandly developed in noble deeds. It may be that exquisite mould and fine vivacity of mind, that soaring, flashing, piercing energy, constituting genius, warm with love to the Saviour. It may be that stronger and more steellike power, keen, dissecting, logical, inquisitive, searching, far-seeing, comprehensive, designating talents of highest order, consecrated to the interests of redemption. It may be a mental structure of less imperial force and brilliancy, merely indicating the sui generis or one of the peculiarities of humanity, girded by God to do his work. It may be only the ordinary range and texture of mind enkindled by some unwonted principle of activity, which, through its multiplied relations and workings, renders its possessor an inspiring example. It may be purely the product of nature ; it may be the gift of grace, or some specialty of grace, modified by nature; and the achievements wrcught are the varied outcome of both conjoined. But what

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