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Livingston. Within the period embraced in this chapter, it is believed, that he discharged one or both of these offices in Flatbush and Brooklyn, Long-Island; in Belleville and ****** New-Jersey; in Greenwich and Bloomingdale, when the first churches were erected in these places; in Garden-Street, at the erection of the new building upon the site of the old one; in Franklin-Street and Broom-Street, in the city of New-York.*

The Doctor was by no means an indifferent observer of the events in the world, which, at that day, attracted the notice of all intelligent Christians. He saw distinctly the commencement of a new and glorious epoch in the history of the church; and he took a deep interest in the benevolent and pious efforts which then began to be made in New-York, as well as in most other parts of Protestant Christendom, to extend the kingdom of the Redeemer.


The Doctor being the sole pastor at the time, without doubt, opened the North Church, when it was repaired after the war. He also opened the Middle Dutch Church, when that building was put in a state to be used for public worship, and the sermon he preached upon this occasion, was afterwards published. After his removal from New-York, if the writer has been correctly informed, he laid the corner stone of a new Dutch Church in a place called Spotswood, near New Brunswick, and of one in New Brunswick. In the last mentioned, he also preached the introductory sermon.

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Before the New-York Missionary Society, at annual meetings, he preached two sermons, which being afterwards published one of them in a second edition it is presumed have been generally read, and must be acknowledged to exhibit not only sound and enlarged views upon the subjects discussed in them, but also, a fervent zeal for the increase and success of Missionary operations. The first was preached April the 23d, 1799, on Colossians 3 and xi "Christ is all and in all:" the second April 3d, 1804, on Rev. 14, 67. "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying, with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come, and worship him that made heaven and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters."

In 1807, the Trustees of Queen's College, having resolved to revive the institution under their care, made a communication to that effect to the General Synod of the Reformed Dutch Church, and solicited their approbation of the measure. The Synod cordially approved of what had been done, in relation to the same communication, by the particular Synod of New-York, to which body it


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