Memoir of Dr. Godman: Being an Introductory Lecture, Delivered November 1, 1830

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Published for the Tract Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1840 - 24 pages
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Page 15 - liveth ; for He who is the resurrection and the life has declared, ' Whoso believeth on me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth, and believeth in me, shall never die.' " * * * This letter, which so truly contrasts the deathbed scene of the infidel with that of the Christian, so beautifully
Page 15 - had long since freed himself from what he called the prejudices of education, the shackles of priestcraft, and was ranging the fields of infidelity. He had acquired wealth and reputation ; was an estimable man in all the domestic relations of life, and a highly respected member of our profession ; but the self-denying doctrines of the
Page 4 - lectured with such enthusiasm and eloquence, his illustrations were so clear and happy, as to gain universal applause ; and at the time he was examined for his degree, the superiority of his mind, as well as the extent and accuracy of his knowledge, were
Page 2 - mother died before he was a year old, and his father did not survive long. On the death of his mother he was placed under the care of an aunt, then residing at Wilmington, in the state of Delaware ;—a lady who, from the superiority of her intellect and education, as well as the sweetness of her disposition, and her elevated piety,
Page 15 - to his proud spirit, and he could not submit to their influence. At the time he received Dr. Godman's letter, however, he was gloomy and despondent; looking forward with fearful forebodings to the period of his dissolution, which seemed not far distant. He had no confidence but that of the skeptic,—no hope but that of ceasing to be.
Page 3 - he was often heard to speak in raptures of his aunt, and say, " If I have ever been led to do any good, it has been through the influence of her example, instruction, and prayers." His father had lost the greater part of
Page 13 - It was a visit to a deathbed ; the deathbed of a Christian ; the deathbed of a student of medicine. There he saw what reason could not explain, nor philosophy fathom. He opened his Bible, and the secret was unfolded. From this time he became a devoted student of the Scriptures. How far they were made the
Page 16 - opinions. The clouds were dissipated, light broke in upon his mind, and he was enabled to take hold of the promises. The remaining days of his life were devoted to fervent prayer, and the constant study of the Scriptures, which
Page 14 - of his own weakness, ignorance, and folly. But the same blessed hand has stripped death of all the terrors which brooded around the grave, and converted the gloomy receptacle of our mortal remains into the portal of life and light.
Page 4 - apparent, that he was marked by the professors of the university as one destined at some future period to confer high honour upon the profession. Upon this occasion a prize medal was awarded him for the best Latin thesis.

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