those of his two younger estimable colleagues; but
they were, nevertheless, sufficiently multiplied and
difficult of accomplishment for one of his years
The Consistory acted upon the occasion with their wonted
liberality; and as soon as the spring opened. Dr. Linn removed
his family to Albany, where he spent the remainder of his life.
Dr. Linn was a divine of great celebrity. His preaching was
uniformly judicious, evangelical, and impressive; but upon particular occasions, his performances were master-pieces of the
kind. — The interest he took in the party politics of the day, somewhat impaired his popularity towards the close of his ministry, but
he still had many warm and excellent friends in the congregation.
— When he died, the late Dr. J. B. Romeyn, then a minister in
Albany, wrote to Dr. Livingston, to inform him of the event, and
the receipt of his letter was thus acknowledged —
"New-York, January 13th, 180S.
"Reverend and dear Sir,
"This moment your friendly communication is handed to
me, and I sit down immediately to thank you for your kind attention. The near connection which has for many years subsisted
between Dr. Linn and myself, and the sincere love I cherished
for him, from the first day of our acquaintance, render the event
you have announced very affecting. Your remarks respecting
ministers of the Gospel are just and pious. If such improvements
apply to others in younger life, how much more must I feel their
force who am several years older than our deceased friend!
When your worthy father departed, I felt myself deprived of the
dear companions of my youth. Now, in regard to them, I stand
alone. I mark the signal, hear the warning voice, and look unto
and constitutional debility; and, in referring to his
services at this period, those ought at least to be
cursorily noticed which were extra-parochial, for
they were not few in number. He was frequently invited to preach, and when disengaged and in health,
he frequently did preach, in neighbouring Dutch
churches; and upon particular occasions, as the laying of the corner-stone of a new church, or the opening
of a new church, for the first time, for public worship, it was in a manner considered his prerogative
to officiate. For a series of years, when either the
one or the other was to be done in any part of the
city, or in any place at a moderate distance
from it, he was requested, in deference to
his prominence and seniority in the ministry, to
perform the service. And it may be questioned,
whether any contemporary clergyman in the
United States, except a diocesan, had the honour
of laying more corner stones of churches, or of
opening a greater number of buildings erected for
the public worship of God, than Doctor
"This is, as you observe, an afflicting providence on many accounts, and cannot fail of being especially so to his bereaved,
"With assurances of my respect and love,
"Dear Sir, your most affectionate,
"J. H. LIVINGSTON.
"Rev. Mr. Romeyn."