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not often, therefore, that religious biography receives much attention out of the church. Be it so; still the memory of the just is blessed. His faith and charity and zeal— his fervent prayers — his affectionate counsels — his unwearied labours to promote the glory of God and the salvation of his fellow men, "smell sweet in death, and blossom in the dust." The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.

In the preceding chapter, a brief account was given of the lineage of the Rev. Dr. JOHN H. LIVINGSTON, whose memoir occupies these pages, — a man, who, through a long and active life, by his ardent piety — by the dignity and affability of his deportment — by the uniform ability and faithfulness of his publick ministrations, commanded general confidence and esteem; — a man, whose praise is in all the churches, but particularly endeared by many pre-eminent services to the Reformed Dutch Church, — FIRST in her Councils, — FIRST in her honours, — FIRST in her affections.

The author will now proceed to give a narrative of the life of this excellent man.

He was the son of Henry Livingston, and S. Conklin his wife, and born at Poughkeepsie, in

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Dutchess county, in this State, on the 30th of May, A. D. 1746.

Neither pains nor expense were spared in his education. Till he was seven years of age, he received no other than parental instruction, but at this period, there being no school in his native place, he was sent to Fishkill, and put under the care of the Rev. Chauncey Graham. When he had been with this gentleman between two and three years, his father obtained a competent private tutor for him. He was accordingly brought home, and Mr. Moss Kent, (the father of the late Chancellor James Kent, Esq.) a gentleman whose qualifications for the trust were very respectable, and of whose faithful attentions to him, he ever afterwards cherished a grateful recollection, — was now charged with the superintendence of his studies. With the assistance of such an instructer, and possessing a docile and inquisitive mind, his improvement, the two following years, in classical literature, and in such other scholastic branches as, at the time, were taught to prepare young men for admission into college, was considerable. And it is a fact, whatever may be said in favour of an early public education — and the advantages enjoyed in some seminaries are certainly great, — that private instruction, judiciously and faithfully


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