Samuel Dexter, 1726-1810: A Paper Read Before the Dedham Historical Society, February 3, 1892 (Google eBook)

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1892 - 18 pages
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Page 12 - For the things that are seen are Temporal; but the things that are not seen are Eternal.
Page 4 - ... treatment. A more dangerous occurence to the young Samuel is related under the date of Aug. 11, 1730, or thereabouts, my Eldest son Samuel swallowed a brass pin rather better than an inch and a half long which came through him in about 44 hours a wonderful salvation: may God have the glory of it, and if my child lives to take notice of this record, be quickened by it to devote himself to God who wonderfully appeared for him in this deliverance, as well as many times heretofore when he has...
Page 17 - Dexter as one of the most remarkable men of the period in which he lived, so rich in great men.
Page 11 - ... wise men who know when they have enough of this world's riches. ... Theology was Mr. Dexter's favorite study ; and I well remember that his minister in Weston, Rev. Samuel Kendal, DD, spoke of Mr. Dexter with the highest respect as a man of extensive theological reading and study, [and] acknowledged a feeling of self-distrust that sometimes rose within him, when his venerable parishioner was one of the listeners in the sanctuary.
Page 4 - Having escaped from the perils of infancy, including brasspins and squinancy, and other ills that baby and childhood are heir to, his father prepared him for college in the fond hope of his becoming, in due time, a minister. But the son, although an apt scholar, fond of his books and ambitious for a good education, had an aversion to his father's profession and could not be induced to enter it. Probably he had seen too much of the hardships of the minister's life, and of the strife and enmities in...
Page 7 - Congress, he was a representative of the town, and was placed on the committee to provide for the public defense, and subsequently, for the support of the army assembled after the Battle of Lexington for the siege of Boston.
Page 12 - Charlestown to conduct the law business left by his brother-in-law, Mr. Dexter, Jr., with whom he had been a. partner. Mr. Dexter, not wishing to reside near Boston, and enjoying the retirement of country life, broke up his home in Westou and removed to Mendon, where, as already noticed, his last days were passed.
Page 15 - Hewould not be weighed down with endless concern for "the meat that perisheth," caring for the things that are seen and temporal, unmindful of those not seen and eternal. He might have attained vast wealth with his great ability in business, hisfrugal habits and sterling integrity ; but at the age of thirty-six he had gained enough to satisfy his wordl...
Page 10 - ... think something of contempt for this mortal frame and earthly life, as though he deemed the memory of them not worth perpetuating. To him, " this muddy vesture of decay " and this transient existence were but a stage in the progress of the immortal soul, soon to be passed and forgotten. 1 Miss Lamed in a letter, dated February 29, 1892, says .-"The piece of land which he left, with his grave in the centre, has not been left vacant according to his directions.
Page 4 - ... business, which engaged nearly twenty years of his vigorous manhood. During this period he married Miss Hannah Sigourney of French parentage and Huguenot stock, which has given to our country so many families of wealth and distinction. At the early age of thirty-six years, having attained a...

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