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in the darkest and most distressing times, contrw
buted not a little to support the hopes and sustain
the sinking spirits of bis people. Nor was he un-
mindful of their pecuniary embarrassments. Dunng
the whole war he voluntarily gave his people one
moiety of his annual stipend*.

Mr. Dunbar lived to see the return of peace anft
the complete establishment of the independence of '
the United States. It is wortliy of notice that his
last official publick act was a prayer, on «ie 2 of
June 1T8S, when the people of his- charge were
assembled at the temple to celebrate that great na-
tional event and to give thanks to almighty God
whose outstretched arm bad h^imbled the pnde of
Britain ancJ resaied his American Israel from aa
ungenerous oppression.

His last sickness, excruciating in the extreme,
-he endured with patience and resignation, like ft
good soldier of Jesus Christ. A little before hto
iepasture^ he affectionately rcpUed to an inquiring

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frieii<l» In Uie words of Poly carp, I h^ urvtdni
g^ Muftety and he has not forsaken me. He closed
'his well spent life, on the 15 of Jupe, 178S, ia the T9
. year of bis age and 56 of his ministry.

[The foregoing memoir w^ principally dra^Roi
from the appendix to a sermon, delivered at the or-
dination of the rev. William BiQbey, in Canton^ by
the rev. Elijah Dunbar of Peterborough, grandson
,of the rev. Samuel Pilnbar.]


581. M. S. rev. Thomje Thacher. Vir
erat eruditus, praecellens robore mentis et
Terborum pondere, verbi divini miDister in-
defessus et (idelis. Quam amicis retentus et
.»quis beoeficus dum vixit plurimorum aoi-
mis diu ^pratissime insedebit. Obiit k^
Oct. 1812, aoiK) eetat. 56, ministerii 33.

Note. — ^This inscription was written by the rev.
Thaddeus Mason Harris, D. D. of Dorchester. Mr.
Thaf,her was the only brother of the late rev.
Peter Thacher, D. D. of Boston and son of Oxen-
bridge Thacher, esq.


582. iVb<c.— The hon. John Lowell, LL. D,
A. A. S. was one of the most eminent civilianSi
Tfhich America has produced. He was a son 0f the


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f ev. John Lowell, for many year s, the able aacT eX"
cellent pastor of a congregational church in New-
Iburyport. [See art. 414.] A memoir of this dis-
tinguished character appears in Eliot's Biog. IMe.
The hon. Isaac Parker, in pronouncing his eulogy
en the late chief jugtice Parsons [see art. 560] pays
a jiist, elegant, and highly respectful triliUte to the
memory of mr. Lowell, who was the chief justice ef
the federal circuit court for the- District of Maine,
iNew Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
The following is a copy of the obituary notice of
judge Lowell, which was published in' several ga-
zettes, soon after, his decease, and is considered as
strictly just by all, who knew him.

" Boston, 6 May, 1302. Died at Roxbiiry, om
thui'Fday last, in the 59 year of his age, the hon.
•John Lowell, es(}. chief justice of the circuit court
of the United Stales for the first circuit.

" Few men ever passed through a long life more
generally beloved, or quitted it more sincerely la-
mented. Of manners mild and conciliatory; of
candour almost inimitable; of affection sincere ; of
morals irreproachable. With a fancy ardent and
fertile; with an understanding acute and pene^
trating; with feelings animated, yet refined and
correct; with a mind enriched by literature and
improved by observation ; with an eloquence impe-
tuous, yet fascinating and impressive. In the pro-
fession and practice of our holy religion sincere
and devout; in friendship warm and unalterable;
in domestick life amiable and affectionate ; inpublick
fKDployment faithful, intelligent, and upright. Bis^

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Ungulshed by such ,qualities, society sustaiBS xm
ordinary loss in a magistrate so wise, ajiusbaud and
pareot so affectionate, a friend so sincere, and a
citizen so inestimable."

The subject of this article, a graduate of 1760,
is supposed to have been one of the writers in the
Pietas ct Grat. Coll. Har. His eulogy on the late
governour Bowdoin, the first president of the Am.
Acad. Arw and Sciences, published with the iVIe-
moirs of that learned body, is a lasting monument
of his taleats as a writer.


583. Ja.mbs Lawrence, esq. late commander of
the United States' frigate, Chesapeake, was mortally
woundediniier de8perate,sanguinary, and disastrous
engagement with his Britau nick majesty's frigate.
Shannon, on the first of June, 1813, a few leagues
from Boston.

He was a native of Burlington in the state of
New-Jersey, and was born, on the first of October,
1T81. His father, John Lawrence, esquire, was an
eminent counsellor at law in that beautiful city.
For two years he was devoted to the study of juris-
prudence in the office of his brother, the late John
Lawrence, esq, at Woodbury. This, however, not
l^ing congenial with his taste, he turned his atten-
tion to navigation and naval tacticks.

His first cruise was in the character of a midship-
man on board the Ganges, with Thomas Tingey,
esq. (i»w sonmodore in the United States' navy, In

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ihe MedHexranean service he ftflerwards spent
tfbout three fears, and was Decatur's first lieuten-
ant in the well known, unprecedented, and daring
exploit of destroying the Philadelphia.

On the fU of January 1813, captain Lawrence,
in the Hornet; had an engagement with the Peaciock,
in which he displayed, in a most conspicuous man-
ner, that skill, self possession, and bravery, for
which not a few of the American naval officers are
remarkable. In fifteen minutes, the Peacock was a
perfect wreck. The signal of distress was hoisted.
Every exertion was made by the officers and crew
of the Hornet to remove all, who survived, from
the Peacock before she sunk ; yet thirteeti of her
men with John Hart, Joseph Williams, and Hanni-'
bal Boyd, in their generous attempt to save th*
lives of their conquered enemy, went to the bottom.'
There was dreadful slaughter in the Peacock ; yet,
as strange as it may seem, John Place was the only
one killed in the Hornet. Several others, however,
Were wounded.

In the action of the Chesapeake with the Shan-
non, of the latter 26 officers and seamen were killed
and 58 were woundMl ; of the former 48 oflBcers,
teamen, and marines were kiHed, and 98 were woun-
ded, of whom 14 died doon after.

For the numerous particulars relative to this dis-
tressing occurrence, the reader is referred to the ac-
count, published by Belcher, of the funeral honours
bestowed upon the remains of captain Lawrence and
lieutenant Z«dtow with the eulqgy pronotmced at

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tSalem, on the occasion, by the hon. Joseph Story,
and the various accompanying documents.

DoNT GiTE UP THE SHIP was One of the dying
commands of the heroick Lawrence, and has since
been more frequently repeated and with great enthu-
siasm, than any oracle of Delphos ever was.

Captain Lawrence and lieutenant Ludlow were
carried to Halifax, where their remains were buried
with all the honours, which their rank demanded,
and which a generous enemy could bestow. Short-
ly after, the hon. Benjamin W. Crowninshield, of
Salem, Obtained permission to go with a flag and
•hring them lo the U. States. On his arrival, funeral
solemiiittes were again performed in a deeply int-
ipressive manner, at Salem, as- detailed in mr. Bel-
cher's publication. The remains of these distin-
g;uished officers were then conveyed to New-York,
where a procession was formed, which, with the
spectators of the solemn scene, is supposed to have
amounted to fifty thousand. The burial service was
once more performed and the dead were committed
to their final tomb.

Captain Lawrence had been honoured by the
corporation of the city of New-York with the free-
dom of the city accompanied with a golden box,
which was decorated with appropriate devices. It
is understood to be in contemplation to erect a
a splendid monument to his memory, in a conspi-
cuous situation, which, while adorned with insicrip-
.tions commemorative of his gallant deeds, wijl be
.an ornament to the city.

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5«4. iTolfe,— Attg^jstItb C Lublow, esq. seconi.
in command on board the United States' frigate,
Chesapeake, died at Halifax, 13 June, 1813, of the
wounds he received in the action with the Shan-
non, in the 21 year of his age. He vms a brave of-
ficer and fell in defending bis national flag.


585. Note. — ^Edwa-rd J. Ballard, esq. lieu-
tenant on board the Chesapeake on the memorable
^t of June, 1813, another gallant officer of tlie
American navy, fell with many of his intrepid com-
l^anions, in the desperate action with the Shan-

586. Note. — Lieutenant James M. Broomk
commanding the marines on board the Chesapeake,
^n time of her disastrous engagement with the Shan-
non, fell a victim to his count ry*s cause, and is re-
presented to have been on© of the bravest of the
%rave. He was a native of New-Jcrsy. It is stated
"that, of 44 marines under his command, IS were kil-
led and 20 wounded ; dreadful bloodshed and cmr»
tiagc !


J»87. Note. — William Aug rsrtrs White, esq.a
native of Rutland in MassachusettSi was sailing ina^-

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ter on board the Chesapeake, in her unfortunate
conflict with the Shannon, and received his mortal
wound in the first broadside from the enemy. He
fell at the age of 26, and is represented to have
been a gentleman of a noble and generous disposition,
of genuine valour, and an ornament to his profession.


^86. Note, — OcTAvius AuGtrsTus Page, es-
quire, son of the late governour Page of Virginia,
one of the oldest lieutenants in the navy of the Uni-
ted States and first lieutenant of the Chesapeake,
tlied in Boston of a lung fever, in Jiine, 1813, at
thfe age of 28 years. This gentleman was much es-
teemf^d as an of&cer of real heroism and distinguish-
ed talents. Captain Lawrence expressed deep re-
gret at being obliged to' leave the port of Boston
without him. He seemed to forget his own suffer-
ings when lamenting his own inability to re-enter
the frigate, and expressed, in lively terms, his anx-
iety for his gallant companions in arms.

Several of the foregoing articles are here introdu-
ced merely to make a record of the names of some,
who have fallen in their country's cause, and who
were esteemed for their distinguished talents and
bravery. Ample justice will be done to their char-
acters, in future publications designed exclusively
to embalm the memory of American naval heroes.


589. Here lies the ashes of the reverend^

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learned, and pious mr. Edward Tompsok,
paistor of the church of Marshfield, who sud-
denly departed this life, 16 March, 1705, an-
no ffitatis suae 40«
Here, in a tyrant's hand, doth captive lie
A rare synopsis of divinity. >

Old patriarchs, prophets, gospel bishops meet,
Under deep silence, in their winding sheet.
All rest, a while, in hopes and full intent,
When their king calls, to sit in parliament.
Note, — The subject of this article, a son, or grand*
son of the rev. William Torapson of Braintree in
3Iassachusetts, of w^hom some account is given in
Mather's Magnalia, was graduated at Harvard col-*
lege, 1684. His son, rev. William Tompson, was
settled in the ministry at Scarborough, and his
grandson, Tev. John Tompson, son of the last men-
tioned, is the present venerable pastor of the con-
gregational church in Berwick, District of Maine^
From the manuscript copy of the sermon, whicli
mr. Tompson of Marshfield preached at his own of-
dinatinn and which is still preserved, it appears
that he entered on his parochial charge, 14 October,
1696 , so that his decease took place in the ninth
year of his pastorate.

490. Note, — ^The pilgrims of Leyden, who made
4he first settlement at Plymouth, arrived at Cape
Cod harbour, on the 11 of November, 1620, where

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pEBCGitiNE WuiTB WES soon aftcr born. He was
the first, born of European parents in any of the re-
gions north of Virginia now making a part of the
U. States. He was a son of William White and finally
settled in Marsbfield, where he died nearly 84 years
of age in lT04i His des(^ndants are nmnuf ous and
many of them live in tbaKpart of Ma^i^ehqststs,
wliidi coestituted the Old Colony^

591. Note — ^Jerkmiah Mayhew, A. B. who

was graduated at Brown's university in 1808, a
member of the Theological institution in Andov*r,
departed this Fife in the triumphs of the^hristiati
hope,, at New Bedford, on the 4 of January, 1811,
in his 23 year. Por a full and interesting biogra-
phical sketch of this pious young man the reader is
referred to the Panoplist for February* 1812, from
which one paragraph only is here subjoined.

" This amiable youth was descended from the an-
cient and respectable family of the May hews on
Martha's Vineyard, so well known in the ecclesias-
tical annals of our country as having afforded emi-
nent ministers of the gospel, and particularly faith-
ful missionaries among the aborigines in that and
the adjacent islands. It is worthy of notice that
missionaries of five successive generaticms have
laboured in the evangelical work, and «|1 been held
in high esteem as men of distinguished talents and
unaffected piety. To the sorrow of the churches in
the vicinity, and of the Indians on Martha's Tine-

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yarJ, ^e labours of this extraordinary siieoes-
sion of missionaries were closed, in 1803, by tliA
death of mr. Zechariah Mayhew, at the advanced
age of eighty eight."


592. iVo/c— The rev. Samuel West, D. D. of
New Bedford, was as remarkable for the strei^tb
of his mental powers, as was doctor Samuel John-
soui the great lexicographer and moralist. He
is supposed to have much resembled him in personal
appearance, and, with the same literary advanta-
ges, would, unquestionably, have equalled him for
reputation in the learned world. He was a son of
Sackfield West, a man of a strong mind, who used
frequently to give the Indians an exhortation ia
their meeting house near his humble cot.

Doctor West was born in the southeastwly part
of Varraoutb in the county of Barnstable, not far from-
Swan Pond. He was one of the greatest Bible tex-
iuaries this country has ever produced. In Latin,
Greek, and Hebrew, he was a thorough critick.
He was particularly noted for his metaphysical and
controversial talcuts. His manner was very un-
couth, and many anecdotes are related of him,
which show that his mind was often so engrossed,
while pondering upon some favourite subject, as
to render him inconscious of the lapse of time and of
almost every thing around him. For further noti-
ces of this divine, of uncommon powers, the reader
Is referred to the Antlielogy, Eliot's Biog. J>ict^

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and Allen's Biog. His. Diet. He died 24 Septenn
ber, 1807 in the 78 year of his age.


593. In memoiy of capt. William Lor-
iNG of Norwich, Connecticut. He was bom iu
Boston, 5 January, 1756, and died at sea^
2Februaiy, 1788,

liortBg, in all the prime of life,

Hath quit this brittle day,
And calmly steered his single bark

To yonder world of day.


594. Hon. Ebenezer Bacon bom, S
Aug. 1756, died, 28 Nov. 1811. To hi«
worth, talents, and integrity, the undeviating
confidence of his fellow citizens bore ample
testimony. He sustained the honours and
discharged the duties of various important
offices with credit to himself and satisfac-<
tion to the publick. In pubhck life he was
faithful, in private he was amiable . As an
affectionate husband, a tender parent, a
firm fiiend, a kind neighbour, a decided pa-
triot, a good man, and a sincere christ|jEin, hisr
memory will long be cherished in the breast
of a mourning family and of bereaved friends^

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595. Here lies the body of mr. Jobk
Savage, student at law, son of Samuel and
Hope Savage. He departed thb life, 5 Oc*
tober, 1811,8Btati8 22.

Insatiate archer ! could not one suffice ?
Tby shaft flew thrice, and thrice mf peace watsUu I
Note, — Mr. Savage was graduated at Hftrvaid
university in 1810. The two linepy on his tomb-
stone from Young's Night Thoughts, are peculiarly
apposite ; for doctor 'Savage and his lady had been
previously called to bury, at Kingston in Jamaica,
two beloved sons, in succession, at about the age of
twenty one; mr. Samuel Savage and mr. Elisha
Boane Savage ; so just is the scHptural remark, all
flesh 18 grass, and all the goodliness ihereefas a flow-
er of thefield!


596. Sacred to the memory of the boo.
Danii^l Davis, esq. who died, 22 Apiil,
A. D. 1 799 in the 80 year of his age. Rea-
der, be encouraged by his example to the
practice of industry, temperance, piety, and
patriotism, and your reward, like his, shall
be long life, the esteem of the wise and good,
in this^ world, and the joyful hope of a hap-
py immortality beyond the grave.

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597. Here lies buried the body of doctor
Abner Hersey of BaiTistable, who depart-
ed, 9 January, 1787, in the 66 year of his

Note. — ^Doctor Hersey, brother of doctor Ezekiel
Hersey of Hingham, who made a valuable bequest
to Harvard college, left no children. His widow,
mrs. Hannah Hersey, died at the age of 74
years, on the 10 of June, 1799. He was some-
what ecccntrick in his character, very precise ia
all his dealings, a great enemy to the follies of the
world, an admirer of simplicity in dress and man*
ners, and a person of unquestionable piety.

In hip last will he gave to Harvard university,
towards the estublishment of a professorship of
physick and surgery, the sum of Z500, equal to
$1666, 66. The remainder of his estate, which was
ample for the region, in which he spent bis days,
he gave to thirteen of the congregational parishes
in the county of Barnstable, in diflferent propor-
tions, according to the share of professional busi*
ness he had performed in each, the net proceeds of
which, after the demise of his widow, were to be
laid out annually, for one hundred years, in the
purchase of Doddridge's Rise and Progress of Reli-
gion and other works, Evans's Sermons, and Grove
on the Lord 's Supper. After the completion of
one hundred years* those, who shall then l^e the
ministers of the thirteen parishes, are to be at Ub»

'fbw. I.— vol. in. U

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crty to select any other books, calculated to pr&.
mote piety and religion, except one year in every
four, when the other prescribed books are still to
be purchased. The deacons of the thirteen parishes
have the sole care of the estate, the particular
mode of managing which is specified with great
minuteness in the doctor's will. They pay over
the net income to the ministers of those parishes,
who vest the same in books agreeably to the testa-
tor's directions, and distribute them, gratuitously,
among the members of their respective churches. In
this way many families are furnished, .from year to
year, with books, which are highly esteemed by the
serious and which will continue to be instrumental of
good to the end of time.


598. Rev. Oakes Shaw born at Bridge-
water, 1 736, graduated at Harvard college,
1758, ordained in this place, 1760, died 11
February, 1807. Benevolence, affection, and
sincerity characterized and endeared him in
all the relations of social life. With unaf-
fected piety and zeal, with unshaken con-
itancy and fidelity, he discharged the various
luties of the pastoral office. To perpetuate
the remembrance of his virtues and talents,
to prolong the influence of his character, and
to testify their respect for his memory, this

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luouument is gratefully erected by a bereav-
ed and affectionate people.

Note, — Mr. Shaw was the oldest son of the rev.
John Shaw of Bridgewater. [See art. 392.] By his
first wife, who was Elizabeth Weld, a daughter of
the rev. Habijah Weld of Attieborough, he had
three daughters ; 1. Elizabeth, who died, 8 Sept.
1T98, at the age of thirty three years ; 2. Temper-
ance the wife of major Joseph Blish of Barnstable ;
S. Sarah, who died, at the age of twenty three
years, on the IT of July, 1792. By his second
wife, who was Hay ward ofBraintree, sister of

doctor Hay ward of Boston, he had two sons, John
Shaw, who is engaged in a seafaring life> and Lem-
uel Shaw, esq. of Boston.

For a character of mr. Shaw, who was one of the
most pious, zealous, and faithful ministers of his
iay, the reader is referred to his funeral sermon
preached by rev. Jonathan Burr of Sandwich, from
which the follov/ing extracts are taken.

** In ray first visit to him, after he was confined to
his chamber, which to me was one of the most pleas-
ant and edifying I ever made him, I thought I dis-
covered more of the amiable meekness, humble dig-
nity, and perfect resignation of the christian, than
I had ever before observed in him. It appeared to
iri%, that if any state, on this side heaven, can be
truly enviable, it is that of an humble christian
gently taking his departure out of time into eterni-
ty, who, 88 he outwardly decays and grows weaker
and weaker, is inwardly renewed and grows «tron-

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gcr and stronger ; to whom, as worldly prospects
darkens, the prospect of a brighter world beyond
the grave grows clearer. This was remarkably the
case with that precious man. . This interview, Oit
impression of which, I trust, will never be erased
from my mind, forcibly brought to my recollection
those lines in dr. Young ;
The chamber, where the good man meets his fate.
Is privileged beyond the common walk
Of virtuous life, quite on the verge of heav'n.
When I asked how he did, he replied, with one
df the most complacent smiles I ever observed on
his countenance, I ant a poor creature sinking under,
the decay t of nature ; hut lam not without comforts,
I have many things to be thankfidfor yet, lam now
depending on that foundatioiij which I have always
been endeavouring to establish in my preaching, the
mercy of God in Christy and mhich I believe to be the on"
lyfoundation, on which any one can stand with safety,
I do not profess to hate attained to full assurance ;
but I have such a hope, as raises me above all distres'
sing fears of death, I am habitually looking for the
mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, unto eternal life. If
there is any thing more for me to do, I am willing to
stay and do it in my poor way ; but ifiioi, if I know
my o\m heart, I amxntirely resigned to go.

" He discovered much affectionate concern respect-
ing the people of his charge, and the re-eettlement
of a gogpel minister among them. He was, however,
in general, remarkably cheerful, and at times, even
facetious, but without the least appearance of levi-
ty. Before morning prayers, he desired me to

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Me to read the ^7 aud the 147 psalms, a part of tlie
latter of which he considered as predicting the fu-
ture prosperity of the charch, in the contemplation
of which, he observed, he had derived great conso-
lation, during his declining state

" A little before I took my leave, among sever-
al other questions, which I proposed as thinking it
very doubtful whether I should ever see him
again, in this world, I asked him, supposing we
were to confine our preaching, principally, to one
point, what that point should be ? He immediately
replied ; lo imptniUni sinners, tee must preach their
talally lost and ruined condition by nature, and the
i}it&r impossibility of tlieir ever being saved, excepty
by the free grace of God m Christ, Thos did your
Caithf^iL and affectionate pastor, who watched for
your souls as one, that must give account, bear
testimony to the truth and importance of those doc-
trines, which he preached through life and were
bis comfort and support in death."

599. iVb^f.*— I'he rev. Gideon Hawlet, the
Inte pious, venerable, and excellent missionary of
the Messapee Indians in the county of Barnstable,
departed this life, S October, 1807,. in the 80 year
of his age. ' Fired with a noble zeal in the christian
ca4tse, he was determined, from an early period, to
conFecrate his talents and his life to the best interests

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