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more than twenty years ago to the number of little
square ridges thrown up to rest the log huts on.
These latter, for some reason, are further inland.
Whether they were also along the shore and have been
destroyed by later dwellings, or whether the builders
were content to settle on the somewhat higher land
farther back is now incapable of decision. At all
events these small mounds are very interesting, for
they assure one, better than the writings of a dozen



MARRIAGES BY OLIVER WOOD, ESQ. 175

historians, of the true nature of the early settlement.
The settlers were poor, and incapable of any extrava-
gance in domestic architecture ; — they could only
build mere log huts raised on square ridges of earth
about a foot high to keep out the surface water. The
preponderance of the old over the new cellars goes to
confirm the statement that on Montague's Neck was
the old settlement, abandoned as the center of the
town in 1714, but not wholly disused until recently.
To-day Montague's Neck is mainly a meadow, with
here and there a marsh or a lonely tree. Scattered
walls remind one of the fact that it is still considered
worth owning ; in fact, occasional crops of hay and
vegetables are raised. Cattle sometimes pasture there,
but the main guardian of the old settlement is Silence ;
its main tenants the crows and the sea-fowl.



MARRIAGES SOLEMNIZED BY OLIVER

WOOD, ESQUIRE, OF LINCOLN

COUNTY.

From the Archixies of the Maine Historical Society.

1786.
Sept, 4. Amos Shepardson and Rebecca Winslovv, both of

Norridgewock.
Nov. 23. Charles E'ay and Roany Keith, both of Norridgewock.

1787.
Jan. 1. Seth Spaulding and Judith Richards, both of Nor-
ridgewock.



176 MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

Feb. 8. Benjainin Kitteridge and Ruth Richards, both of

Norridgewock.
Feb. 19. William Pain and Parmelia Parker, both of Hebron.
Feb. 22. John Leighton, jr., and Lydia MacGiaugh, both of

Norridgewock.
Feb. 26. John Steward of Canaan, and Mrs. Abigail Whit-
comb, both of Norridgewock.
Apr. 18. Henry Beakford and Jane Witham, both of Nor-

i-idgewock.
Nov. 8. Jason Russell and iMrs. Rebecca Leighton.

1789.
Mar. 18. John Ireland and Mrs. Sally Hunt, both of Canaan.
Mar. 25. William Bojmton and Mrs. Rebeccii Dalton, both of

Sandy River.
Apr. 2. Amos Fletcher and Mrs. Betsy Baker, both of Car-

ratunk.
Apr. 2. Daniel Foster and Mrs. Dorcas Fletcher, both of

Carratunk.
Apr. 16. Joseph Green and Sally Daniels, both of Sandy River.
Sept. 27. Amos (^ray and Mary Ball, both of Sandy River.
Oct. 8. Samuel Hinckley and Mrs. Lydia Greenleaf, both of

Sandy River.
Oct. 29. Isaac Albee and Rispha Davis, both of Seven Mile

Brook,
Nov. 12. Jeremiah Chamberlain of Seven Mile Brook, and Mrs.

Sally Roberts of Vassalborough.
1790.
Feb. 18. Simeon Cragin and Mrs. Sally McKinnee, both of

Seven Mile Brook.
Mar. 23. Jolinathan Russell of Seven Mile Brook, and Mrs.

Betsey Nutting of Norridgewock.
Apr. 29. James Bickford and Mrs. Zeriah Piper, both of Nor-
ridgewock.
July 13. Thomas Steward of Canaan, and Mrs. Olive Moore of

Norridgewock,
Sept. 21. Charles Pishon and Lucy Wyman, both of Hancock

Plantation.



MARRIAGES BY OLIVER WOOD, ESQ. 177

Sept. -8. James Fairbrother and Rebncca Moore, both of Seven

Mile Settlement.
Oct. 12, Joshua Greenleaf and Hannah Williamson, both of

Sandy River Settlement.
1791.
Jan. 8. Daniel Iloniested and Sybil Oaks, both of C:inaan.
Feb. 19. Henry McKinne and Mrs. l>etty Giay, both of Seven

Mile Brook Settlement.
Mar. 20. David Wentworth of San ly River, and Mrs. Betsey

Iirown of Norridgewock.
June 2. Joseph Russell and Mrs. lietsy Goodridge, both of

(^arratunk.
Juno 15. Peter Witham and Arniela Brann, both of Sandy River.
July 22. Alpheus Parlin and Polly Spear, both of Carr.itunk.
Aug 1. Samuel Fling and Abigail McFadden, both of Seven

Mile Brook.
Aug. 18. Samuel Richurds and Dorcas Brown, both of Nor-

ridi^ewock.
Sept. 22. Chai-les McKinnee and Melinda Keith, both of Nor-

ridgewock.
Aug. 7. James Smith and Nancy Davenport, both of Nor-

ridgewock.
Sept. 8. Eleazer Whipple and Mrs. Alice Peirce, both of

Carratunk.
178.5.
Apr. 28. Calvin Pi|)er and Zariab Parker, both of Norridgewock.
Oct. :!. Joshua White and Mrs. Margaret Jackin, both of

Hancock.
1789.
Apr. 12. James McKinnee and Mrs. Esther Beal, both of

Seven Mile Brook.



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178 MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.



PORTLAND PRIVATEERS IN THE WAR
OF 1812.

CONTRIBUTED BY CAPT. DANIEL O. DAVIS.

List of private armed vessels commissioned from
the port of Portland, Province of Maine, from 1812 to
1815 inclusive, with names of owners, commanders
and lieutenants : —

Brig Rapid, 190 47-95 tons. Owners, James Jewett, Kbenezer
Mayo, William Chad wick, Josepli L. Jewett, Ralph Cross,
George Hill, John Alden, .Foseph Cross jr., Daniel Manley, Reu-
ben Morton, John Watson, William Cross, Josiab Paine, Nehe-
miah Criim, Thomas Robinson, Zachariah Marston, William
Harper, Thomas Merritt jr., Henry Ilsley, William Evans, Lem-
uel Weeks jr., Robert Ilsley, William Crabtree, Thomas Roach
and John Stockman, of Portland, Thomas G. Thornton of Saco,
Frederick G. Bull of Boston, and Ruth Jewett of Portland, all
in the state of Massachusetts. Commander, William Crabtree.
Lieutenants, Joshua Knight, Joseph Weeks, Wm. Cammett.
Date of commission, Aug. 1, 1812.

Schooner Partridge, 11 2-95 tons. Owner, Samuel M. Quin-
cey of Portland, in the state of Massachusetts, trader. Com-
mander, Barnabas Sawyer. Lieutenant, James Sawyer. Date
of commission, Oct. 9, 1812.

Schooner Rover, 18 23-95 tons. Owners, Samuel M. Quincey,
trader, and Moses S. Herrick, blacksmith, both of Portland in
the state of Massachusetts. Commander, James Sawyer. Lieu-
tenant, Joshua Raynolds. Date of commission, Nov. 28, 1812.

Schooner Parrot, 28 25-95 tons. Owners, James Wylie jr.,
.James P. Stetson and Nathaniel Springer, all of Portland, in the
state of Massachusetts. Commander, John Webster. Lieuten-
ant, James Wylie jr. Date of commission, Dec. 2, 1812.



PORTLAND PRIVATEERS IN THE WAR OF 1812. 179

Schooner Maiy, 22 11-95 tons. Owners, Josej^h Sturdivant of
North Yarmouth, and William R. York of Falmouth, in the state
of Massachusetts, mariners. Coramandei', Joseph Sturdivant.
Lieutenant, Reuben G. York. Date of commission, July 7, 1812.

Schooner Thistle, 155 tons. Owners, Isaac Barr, jr., Jasper
Ward, Abraham Ricker, William H. Ireland, William Majastre,
John G. Tardy, Lewis Webb and Josepli Webb, of the city of
New York. Commander, Zadoc Crowell. Lieutenant, John
Deweese. Date of commission, Feb. 12, 1818.

Schooner Reaper, 20G 7G-95 tons. Owners, Isaac Sturdivant,
Solomon L. Blanchard and Greeley Sturdivant, of North Yar-
mouth, in the stale of Massachusetts, mariners. Commander,
Epiiraim Sturdivant. Lieutenant, Andrew Blanchard. Date of
commission, April 20, 1813.

Boat Razor, 3 tons. Owner, .Joseph Sturdivant of North Yar-
mouth, in the state of .Massachusetts, mariner. Commander,
Joseph Sturdivant. Lieutenant, James Poland. Date of com-
mission, April 20, 1813.

Schooner Pilot of North Yarmouth, 19 53-95 tons. Owner,
Joseph Sturdivant of North Yarmouth, in the state of Massachu-
setts, mariner. Commander, .Josfj)h Sturdivant. Lieutenant,
John Underwood. Date of couimission, July 9, 1818.

Schooner Mary, 15 77-95 tons. Owner, Samuel Coombs of
Bristol, in the state of Massachusetts, mariner. Commander
John I'richard. Lieutenants, Richard Sutton and Sanmel
Coombs. Date of commission, Aug. 27, 1813.

Brig Uash of Portland, 220 tons. Owner, Seward Porter, mer-
chant, and William Porter, mariner, botli of Portland, and Sam-
uel Porter of Freeport, merchant, all of the state of Missachu-
setts. Commander, Edward Killeran. Lieutenant, Henry Cobb.
Date of commission, Aug. 30, 1813.

Sloop Revenge, 18 54-95 tons. Owner, Theophilus Stover of
P.irtland, in the state of Massachusetts, mariner. Commander,
Robert Stover. Lieutenants, Cornelius Stackpole, 1st ; Robert
Lowther, 2d. Date of commission, Sept. 7, 1813.

Schooner Orange, 11 42-95 tons. Owners, Robert Hathrens
and Ambrose Elliot of Portland, in the state of Massachusetts,



180 MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

mariners. Commander, Robert Hathrens. Lieutenant, Ambrose
Elliot. Date of commission, Sept. 10, 1813.

Schooner Superb, 23 23-95 tons. Owner, William Patterson
of Portland, in the state of Massachusetts, mariner. Commander,
William Patterson. Lieutenant, Lemuel Weeks jr. Date of
commission, Sept. 11, 1813.

Boat Mary, 17 15-95 tons. Owners, William Titcomb and
William Titcomb, jr., of Falm;)uth, in the state of Mnssachusetts.
Commander, George Titcomb. Lieutemmt, William Titcomb,
jr. Date of commission, Sept. 20, 1813.

Schooner Washington, 24 30-95 tons. Owners, William Cam-
met, William Malcoltn, Henty Cumpston, Stephen Tukey, jr.,
Kdward lugraham, Benjamin Tukey and Charles S. Motley, of
Portland, and Nathaniel Lincoln and Andrew Scott of Freeport,
in the state of Massachusetts, mariners. Commander, William
Malcolm. Lieutenant, Henry Cumpston. Date of commission,
Oct. 21, 1813.

Schooner Viper, 13 46-95 tons. Owners, Butter Foi^erty, Na-
than P. Hood, Samuel B. Graves, William Benson, Samuel Leach
jr., Joseph Mogridge and William Fabans, all of Salem in the
state of Massachusetts. Commander, Samuel Leach, jr. Lieu-
tenant, David Preston. Date of commission, Ang. 5, 1814.

Brig Dash, 222 24-95 tons. Owners, Seward Porter of Port-
land, Samuel Porter of Freeport, and William Porter of Boston,
in the state of Massachusetts, and John II. Howland and Joseph
Griimell oi New York, in the state of New York. Commander,
George i^acon. Lieutenant, Jamf-s Ross. Date of commission,
Sept. 13, 1814.

Schooner "Thinks I to Myself," 44 41-95 tons. Owner, Sew-
ard Porter of Portland, in the state of Massachusetts, m •reliant.
Commander, Smith N. Cobb, jr. Lieutenant, Richard Berry.
Date of commission, Nov. 1, 1814.

Schooner Fly of Portland, 39 38-95 tons. Owner, Richard
Sutton of Portland, in the state of Massachusetts, mariner.
Commander, Joseph Swett. Lieutenant, Benjamin Rolfe. Date
of commission, Nov. 12, 1814.

Schooner Cumberland, 111 20-95 tons. Owner, Robert Ilsley



PORTLAND PRIVATEERS IN THE WAR OF 1812. 181

of Portland, in the state of Massachusetts, merchant. Com-
mander, Edward Killeran. Lieutenant, Wm. C, Gardner. Date
of commission, Nov. 25, 1814.

Schooner Armistice, 143 tons. Owners, Thomas H. Smith and
Horton & WoodhuU, of New York. Commander, John R. Stan-
hope. Lieutenant, Anthony Post. Date of commission, Nov.
28, 1814.

Schooner Lucy, 25 tons. Owner, John Babson of North Yar-
moutti, in tlie state of Massachusetts, mariner. Commander,
John Babson. Lieutenant, Percy Drinkwater. Date of com-
mission, Dec. 22, 1814.

Schooner Fly of Portland, 39 28-95 tons. Owner, Hicliard
Sutton of Portland, in the state of Massachusetts, merchant.
Commander, William Thomas. Lieutenant, Atwood Marwick.
Date of commission, Jan. 14, 1815.

Schooner Cumberland, 111 20-95 tons. Ovvner, Robert Ilsley
of Portland, in the state of Massachusetts, merchant. Com-
mander, Wm. C. G.irdner. Lieutenant, Eleazer Crabtree. Date
of commission, Feb. 9, 1815.

Schooner Union, 35 37-95 tons. Owner, Gamaliel 11. Ward
of Portlanil, in the state of Massachusetts, merchant. Com-
mander, Gamaliel H. Ward. Lieutenant, Jacob Bai'nes.

Brig Champlain, 234 4-95 tons. Owners, George Long, Ben-
ning Morrill, Langley Boardman and Charles Blunt, merchants,
and Henry Sutter, mariner, all of Portsmouth, in the state of
New Hampshire. Commander, Henry Sutter. Lieutenant,
James Orn, jr. Date of commission, Jan. 4, 18 J 5.

Schooner Mars, 25 73-95 tons. Owners, Charles Fox, Joliii
Fox, Robert Ilsley, Asa Clapp, .Joseph Cross jr., Thomas R(jbi-
son, William Cross and E Iward H. Cobb, all ot" Portland in the
state of Massachusetts, merchants. Coraraandtu-, James Brooks.
Lieutenant, Francis Colby. Date of commi-<sion, July 7, 1812.

Brig Lawrence, 259 tons. (Copy of commission, issued at
Baltimore, and surrendered at Portland.) Owners, Richard
Douglass, James Bosby, George P. Stevenson, Joel Vickars, John
P. Hollins, Charles Givin, Wm. T. Graham, Justus Hoppe and
Wm. Smith, of the city of Baltimore, in the state of Maryland.
Commander, Edward Veazey. Lieutenant, John Cook. Date of
commission, Feb. 26, 1814.



182 MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

List of private armed vessels belonging to Portland
from 1812 to 1815, inclusive, with names of command-
ers and lieutenants : —

Schooner St. Michael, tonnage 54 41-95, No, of guns, 3, No.
of men, 30. Commander, James D. Edgar. Lieutenant, Joshua
Cousins. Date of commission, July 9, 1812.

Schooner Mary, tonn;ige 22 11-95, No. of guns, 2, No. of men,
14. Commander, Joseph Sturdivant. Lieutenant, Reuben G.
York. Commission, July 7, 1812.

Brig Rapid, tonnage, 190 47-95, No. of guns, 15, No. of men,
100. Commander, William Crabtree, Joshua Knight, 1st, Joseph
Weeks, 2d, and William Cammett, 3d Lieutenant. Commission,
Aug. 1, 1812.

Schooner Partridge, tonnage 11 25-95, No. of guns, 3, No. of
men, 11. Commander, Barnabas Sawyer. Lieutenant, James
Sawyer. Commission, Oct. 9, 1812.

Schooner Rover, 18 23-95, 8, 25. James Sawyer, Joshua Rey-
nolds. Nov. 23, 1812.

Schooner Parrot, 28 25-95, 2, 20. John Webster, James
Wylie. Dec. 2, 1812.

Schooner Mars, 27 73-9"), 1, 20. James Brooks, Francis Colby.
July 7, 1812.

Brig Dash, 220, 3, 40. Edward Killeran, Henry Cobb. Aug.
30, 1813.

Schooner Ilsley, 143 67-95, 6, 75. Ephraim Sturdivant, An-
drew Blanchard. April 20, 1813.

Boat Razor, 3, 1, 6. .Joseph Sturdivant, James Poland. April
20, 1813.

Schooner Pilot, 19 53-95, 2, 8. Joseph Sturdivant, John Un-
derwood. July 9, 1813.

Schooner Maiy, 15 77-95, 1, 15. John Prichard, Richard Sut-
ton, 1st, and Samuel Coombs, 2d, lieutenants. August 27, 1813.

Sloop Revenire, 18 54-95, small arms. No. of men, 7. Com-
mander, llobert Stover. Lieutenant, Cornelius Stuckpole. Sept.
7, 1813.

Schooner Superb, 23 23-95, 1, 6. William Patterson, Lemuel
Weeks jr. Sept. 18, 1813.



PORTLAND PRIVATEERS IN THE WAR OF 1812. 183

Boat Mary, 17 15-95, 1, 15. George Titcomb, William Tit-
comb, jr. Sept. 20, 1813.

Schooner Orange, 11 42-95,2, 10. Robert Hathrens, Ambrose
Elliott. Sept. 10, 1813.

Schooner Washington, 24 30-95, 1, 15. William Malcolm,
Henry Cnmpston. Oct. 21, 1813.

Schooner Armistice, 143, 8, 25. John R. Stanhope, Anthony
Post. Nov. 28, 1814.

Schooner Cumberland, 111 20-95, 3, 27. Edward Killeran,
William C. Gardner. Nov. 25, 1814.

Schooner Fly, 39 38-95, 2, 25. Joseph Swett, Benjamin Rolfe.
Nov. 12, 1814.

Schooner Thistle, 155, 1, 12. ZadocU Crowell, John Deweeze.
Feb. 12, 1813.

Schooner Union, 35 37-95, 20, muskets 20. Gamaliel H.
Ward, Jacob Barns. Jan. 11, 1815.

Brig Dash, 222 24-95, 3, 35, George Bacon, James Ross.
Sept. 13, 1814.

Schooner Lucy, 25, 1, 26. John Babson, Percy Drinkwater.
Dec. 22, 1814.

Schooner " Thinks I to Myself," 44 41-95, 1, 49. Smith N.
Cobb, jr., Richard Berry. Nov. 1, 1814.

Schooner Reaper, 206 76-95, 6, 75. Ephraim Sturdivant, An-
drew Blanchard. April 17, 1813.

REMARKS.

The commissions herein referred to are preserved
on file in the custom-house at Portland, Me. They
are signed by James Madison, President, and James
Munroe, Secretary of State.



184 MAINE HISTORICAL. SOCIETY.



SKETCHES OF THE LIVES OF EARLY
MAINE MINISTERS.

BY WILLIAM D. WILLIAMSON.

Presented to the Maine Historical Society, with an Introduction by Joseph

Williajnson, December 10, 1891.

[continued.]
REV. JOHN WISWELL.
Rev. John Wiswell, Harvard (JoUege, 1749, was
the first settled minister of New Casco, the present
town of Falmouth, originally the third parish in that
ancient town before it was divided, and Portland, the
heart of it, incorporated into a separate town. He
was classmate with Rev. Gideon Richardson, of Wells,
and probably came to Falmouth in 1752, through his
instrumentality. At first he kept a school on the pe-
ninsula, and was, at the same time, qualifying himself
for the ministry. The parish of New Casco was incor-
porated in December, 1753 ; members of the parent
church, resident there, became duly embodied, and Mr.
David Mitchell and Mr. Isaac Noles were employed oc-
casionally to preach there. But Rev. Mr. Wiswell was
the man of their choice, and November 3, 1756, he
was in due form ordained. Being afterward a subject
of unhappy mental affections, he became deranged in
1762, and continued in that condition several months.
In 1764 he changed his religious sentiments, left his
pastoral charge without any ecclesiastical formalities,
and declared himself in favor of the Church of England.



SKETCHES OF THE LIVES OF EARLY MAINE MINISTERS. 185

There had always been Episcopalians in and about
the ancient Casco, from its first settlement, and the
curacy of Rev. Robert Jordan. Several of that pro-
fession, displeased with Rev. Mr. Deane, the colleague
of Rev. Mr. Smith, withdrew from his parish in 1763,
and in July of the next year were duly organized into
a religious society on the Neck. Having adopted the
liturgy of the Episcopal church, they invited Rev. Mr.
Wiswell to the rectorship, and he accepted. Next he
proceeded to England, and was admitted to holy or-
ders, and after his return in May, 1765, he continued
to officiate as their pastor, about ten years. But he
was in sentiment, with most other Episcopalians,
adherent to the royal prerogative in the early periods
of the Revolution, and in May, 1775, Capt. Mowat,
commander of a British warship in the harbor, his sur-
geon, and Mr. Wiswell, were seized while walking
together, and taken into custody. The two former
being discharged on their parole, Mr. Wiswell declared
that he was ready to die in a good cause, and he
thought the Church of England worth the sacrifice;
yet he was no believer in the king's right to tax the
colonies, and hence he was set at liberty. But he had
lost all favor with the patriots of Portland, and went
off May 16, 1775; his parishioners being effectually
scattered by the conflagration of the village in Octo-
ber of that year, he ultimately retired to Nova Scotia,
and never returned.

Rev. Mr. Wiswell, in 1761, married Mrs. Mercy
Minot of Brunswick, and they had several children.
In July, 1766, he wrote to the society instituted in



186 MAINE HISTOEICAL SOCIETY.

England for propagating the gospel, that his congre-
gation had increased to seventy families and twenty-
one communicants, and that within fourteen months
he had administered twenty-eight baptisms. As a mis-
sionary he received yearly twenty pounds from that
society, and his parish also paid him from seventy to
one hundred pounds annually. Mr. Wiswell was a
subject of vicissitudes; less an Apollos than a son of
consolation ; worthy of respect, though not a distin-
guished preacher.

REV. MOSES HEMMENWAY.

Rev. Moses Hemmexway, Harvard College, 1755,
was eighth settled minister of Old Wells, ordained
August 8, 1759, the successor of the Rev. Mr. Rich-
ardson. His ancestor was Ralph " Hemingway," as he
spelt his name, of Roxbury, who died there in 1699,
and some of his descendants retain only one m in the
name. The subject of this memoir was born in Fra-
mingham, Mass., graduated at the age of nineteen, and
united in marriage with a dauo;hter of Rev. Mr. Jef-
ferds, former minister of Wells.

Mr. Hemmenway was, while in college, a very close
and patient student, eminent for his proficiency " in
the Greek and Roman classics, and his acquaintance
with theological writers of distinction in the learned
languages." According to the Rev. Dr. Buckminster,
in his funeral valedictory, he had a great deal of met-
aphysical acumen, a pristine accuracy in logical inves-
tigation, and a lynx-eyed perception of what the force
of argument could accomplish. His health was fine.



SKETCHES OF THE LIVES OF EARLY MAINE MINISTERS. 187

and his love of research, through a lengthened minis-
try of more than half a century, introduced him to
an ample acquaintance of the " ancient Fathers," and
the subsequent reformers. Such was the intellect and
piety of this uncommon divine that he could patiently
read with profit and pleasure the faithful Justin
Martyr, the admired Polycarp, the grave Irenoeus, the
severe Tertullian, the holy and eminent Cyprian, the
scholastic and fanciful Origen, the bold and persever-
ing Athanasius, and the able and sentimental Ambrose.
Nor was his capacious mind satisfied with what he
learned of these famous teachers. He acquainted
himself with subsequent champions of the cross ; the
reforming Chrysostom, the elegant Jerome, the learned
Augustine, the great and godly Gregory, the volumi-
nous Isidore, and the industrious Bede ; yes, and not
less with the upright Anselm, the good Bernard, the
devout Waldo, the solid Bradwardine, and the scien-
tific and argumentative Wyclif, those blessed lights
of the dark ages, and still more fully with the great
reformers, Luther, Zwingli and Calvin.

As man partakes largely of what characterizes his
companions, and breathes in their society what they
respire, Mr. Hemmenway became variously imbued
with the spirit of the Fathers, and well qualified to
disentangle the snarls of sophistry, and expose the
arts of error. Nor was he one of those unhappy di-
vines who have knowledge which they have not the
heart nor the industry to communicate. On " the
obligation of the unregenerate," that great controver-
sial theme in theology, he published seven sermons



188 MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

and entered into a polemic disputation with the cele-
brated Dr. Hopkins on the same subject. He also
published several other religious discourses, and some
labored, anonymous essays. As a disputant he was
truly ingenious and dispassionate, it being his purpose
to support truth and refute error. In a word, such
was " his sino;ular merit that his Alma Mater honored
him with a doctorate at an earlier period of life than
had been common for that seminary to confer upon
its sons."

Dr. Hemmenway was a sincere and pure Calvinist
of the old school ; fully believed in a spiritual change
by the power of the Holy Ghost, and preached the
doctrines taught in the Westminster Catechism. In
not a few respects was he like St. Paul : in his writ-
ings and discourses weighty and powerful, in his bod-
ily presence and speech, imposing. But yet his ser-
mons, though well written and full of matter, were
often too long ; he was too improvident of his family's
education for places of distinguished usefulness, and
too indifferent to the style of his personal appearance,
and also to the hour of his own appointments. Yet
he was among the greatest divines of the age. He
died, much lamented, April 13, 1811, in the seventy-
sixth year of his age, and his wife's decease was in
November, 1824, aged eighty-four. Truly sweet is
the incense ofiered to the memory of a pious and
learned gospel minister.

REV. NATHAN WARD.
Rev. Nathan Ward was the successor of Rev. Al-
exander Boyd, as preacher to the people of New Cas-



SKETCHES OF THE LIVES OF EARLY MAINE MINISTERS. 189

tie ; united with the southerly part of Nobleboro (then
Walpole) and the westerly part of Bristol, who agreed
in January, 1761, to settle him on condition that he
preach at New Castle one-half of the time. Mr. Ward
had been previously settled in the ministry at Water-
town, Mass., and in consequence of a question raised
about his dismission from his former charge, the peo-
ple of New Castle, in May following, agreed with him
to become their minister solely, and took measures for
his installation. But the regularity of his course and
of his dismission was questioned in the Council, and
the people took a distaste toward him, and he left
them for some place, it is believed, in New Hampshire.
He was not a man of colleo;iate education ; yet such
was his reputation for acquirements and ministerial
usefulness as to be honored by Dartmouth College in
1791 with the degree of master of arts. It is worthy
of remark that men favored with a classic education
are wont to do altogether better in either of the
learned professions, especially in the ministry, than
those without it. Thorough learning liberalizes and
elevates, disciplines and refines, and makes men mod-
estly pretending of their abilities.

REV. JOHN MILLER.
Rev. John Miller, Harvard College, 1752, was
ordained November 3, 1762, the second settled minister
of Brunswick, and successor of Rev. Mr. Dunlap. The
church gathered by the latter was Presbyterian, and
still rested on the same foundation, consisting of sev-



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