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Trim-Street Chapel, Bath.—This work is intended to do for a distinct portion of the Nonconformists in the West of England, what Walter Wilson, of the Inner Temple, did some years since, with such commendable research, for the whole body in the metropolis, in his “ History and Antiquities of Dissenting Churches." No copies, we believe, have reached this country ; but from the terms in which it is spoken of in the liberal journals at home, we are persuaded that it would be read here, as well as there, with interest and advantage.

The Sunday School Teacher and Children's Friend. Boston: Otis, Broaders, and Co. This little work is published on the fifteenth of every month, each number containing 54 pages, 18mo. Three numbers have already appeared, many of the articles of which are written with skill, and the whole is edited with judgment and ability. It promises to be a welcome auxiliary to Sunday School teachers, and a valuable contribution to Sunday School libraries.

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New Publications. — A work has recently appeared in Germany, and created considerable alarm, even in that country, for its extreme Rationalistic assumptions, under the following title : Leben Jesu kritisch bearbeitet von David Friedrich Strauss, Dr. der Philos. und Repetenten am evangelisch-theologischen Seminar zu Tubingen.

In England, the Rev. J. B. White's Law of Anti-Religious Libel reconsidered ; and Frederick C. Bakewell's Natural Evidence of a Future State, derived from an Examination of th: Properties and Actions of Animate and Inanimate Matter.

In this country, Dr. Robinson's translation of Gesenius's Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon, and Professor Keith's translation of the first volume of Hengstenberg's Christology. The Rev. Mr. Cunningham's translation of Gieseler's History of the Church, in 3 vols. 8vo. is also announced.

We regret that a biographical notice of the Rev. Mr. Goodwin, of Concord, was not received in season for insertion in this number, without abridgments which we could not bring ourselves to make. It shall appear in our next.

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CHRISTIAN EXAMINER.

No. LXXVIII.

THIRD SERIES - No. IX.

JANUARY, 1837.

Art. I. - A Memoir of the Rev. Hersey Bradford Goodwin.

By the death of the late Rev. Mr. Goodwin of Concord, a large circle of friends have lost an object of uncommonly strong affection ; bis parish, an able, faithful, and devoted pastor ; the community, the services and example of a truly good man. His memory will live, so long as any remain who have known him or bad any connexion with him. The love which he inspired was strong and deep. The influence which he exerted in his own sphere was powerful. The traces he has left in the memories and characters of those who came under that influence will not soon be lost. We would provide for him a visible and more enduring memorial. We would record here, in siinplicity and sobriety, our conception of his character and our sense of his worth.

Hersey Bradford Goodwin was born at Plymouth, Massachusetts, August 18th, 1805. His father, William Goodwin, was a highly respected citizen, and held many years the office of Cashier of the Plymouth Bank. His mother and step-mother were daughters of Captain Simeon Sampson, who was distinguished by his valor and success as a naval officer in 1776 and 1777. He received the rudiments of his education in his native town, and was prepared for College at the Sandwich Academy, where he was a short time under the instruction of that eminently useful man, the late Bernard Whitman, of Waltham, of whom he always spoke in the warmest terms of affection, as a teacher -30 s. vol. III. NO. III.

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whom at the time he "looked upon as a personal friend." He entered Harvard University in 1922. In College he was distinguished for uniformly correct conduct, for the activity and versatility of his intellectual powers, and for his universal popularity among his cotemporaries. Very few have enjoyed that dangerous distinction in an equal degree, or won it by so uvexceptionable and even unconscious means, or been so entirely unharmed by it. He maintained the purity and seriousness of his character amidst the various temptations of college life, and was graduated, with a high rank in his class, in 1826.

Immediately after the completion of bis academic course Mr. Goodwin entered upon the study of divinity in the Theological School in Cambridge. The profession which he adopted was bis early choice. His mind and heart had been directed in childhood to religion, and he entered the University with the intention of becoming a minister of the gospel. In the Theological School he devoted all the energies of his ardent and clear mind to the studies there pursued. He examined with anxious attention and great thoroughness the leading questions which divide the church, but the study in wbich he most delighted was the interpretation of the Scriptures, which he justly considered a necessary preliminary to a sound and enlighiened faith. In the summer of 1829 he received the approbation of the Middlesex Association, and immediately began to preach. The first Parish in Concord, Massachusetts, had at tbis time determined to procure a colleague for their venerable pastor, Dr. Ripley, whose increasing age required the assistance of a younger hand. Their choice was soon fixed on Mr. Goodwin. He, however, was unwilling immediately to take on bimself a pastoral charge, and before he would permit any decisive step to be taken by the people of Concord, complied with a request to preach for a season in Rochester, New York, wbither he went in September, 1829. A body of Unitarians in Rochester had formed themselves into a religious society, and at that time were attending worship in a court-bouse. Great zeal was manifested by them in the cause they had espoused, and hopes were entertained, that, if they could obtain the services of an able and zealous minister, a large society might be established. They saw that Mr. Goodwin was well qualified to build them up, and to promote Unitarianism in that region, and were desirous of retaining him as their pastor. He was not insensible to their claims, but after having seriously weighed them, the result

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of his deliberations was a decision not to accept their invitation. “In regard to my call from Rochester,” he writes in reference to this circumstance, “it was after mature deliberation, and prayer to God for direction, that I concluded to give an answer in the negative.” He returned to New England, November, 1829, received and accepted a call from the parish in Concord, and was ordained February 17th, 1830.

Mr. Goodwin entered upon bis ministry under the most happy circumstances. He had been chosen and received by his people withi unanimity and enthusiasm. He was filled with zeal to do good, and was peculiarly fitted by taste and natural disposition for the discharge of pastoral duties, and for winning and retaining the affections of all classes of people. He thus expresses himself in a letter to a friend, written soon after bis ordination. “I am now very happily settled; — far beyond my highest anticipations, and I feel grateful for the prospects that are be

It is a large parish, and the duties are arduous; but I have a good people, fine in their social and intellectual as well as moral state, and all that I wish is that I were more worthy of my enjoyment.” Mr. Goodwin was also very happy in his connexion with the senior pastor. That venerable servant of God, who survives to mourn the loss of his youthful colleague, bears witness in a manuscript notice of Mr. Goodwin's life and character, to which we are indebted for many of the facts contained in this article, “that between him and the senior pastor the most entire confidence and harmony existed. That they were so uniformly affectionate and united must be very much owing to his mild and amiable disposition, and is highly to his credit and honor." Those who were most intimately acquainted with Mr. Goodwin, best know that Dr. Ripley's parental affection and solicitude were most heartily reciprocated by Mr. Goodwin's truly filial feelings towards hiin.

In June, 1830, he was united to Miss Lucretia Ann Watson, of Plymouth, a lady whose warm benevolence, uniform cheerfulness of disposition, ready hospitality, entire openness of character, and vigorous intellect qualified her to promote the happiness of his fireside, and to aid him in his intercourse with his people, and in his labors for their good.

With her he was permitted to live but a short time. She died suddenly, November 11th, 1931, deeply regretted by numerous friends, and by her husband's parishioners, by whom she will long be affectionately remembered. The effect of this bereavement upon him, and the spirit with which he bore it, will be best shown in the following extract from a letter written soon after the event. « My very dear FRIEND,

"I received your kind letter expressing your sympathy with me in my recent allliction, and should have answered it immediately, had not the numerous engagements attendant upon such an event taken up all my time and attention. I need not speak of the comfort which your letter gave me; the voice of an old friend in such an hour of trial was soothing indeed. It was peculiarly so when it spoke the language of Christian consolation. I confess that I knew not before what trouble was. I had never before felt even for a moment, that I was left alone in the world. I lost my mother when I was but ten years old. I knew not the loss. My father died in his old age, when it was hardly desirable that he should continue longer. It was, as you remember perhaps, a little before we left College, when there was so much in our earthly prospects and hopes calculated to engross onr thoughts and feelings. In the school, in my settlement and domestic establishinent, I have been far happier than I had ever expected to be, and I must say, happier than I deserved. The thought of losing my wife had seldom, very seldom, come across my mind. I had often dwelt upon my own dissolution. I thought it was probable that I might be taken away in the midst of my days, perhaps in the morning of life; but as I was accustomed to see her uniformly so healthy and cheerful and bright, it had seldom occurred to me that I should be left to pass the rest of this pilgrimage alone.

When my prospects, therefore, of domestic happiness seemed to be thus blasted in a moment, you cannot wonder that I felt for a time a feeling of dreadful desolation. But the strong sympathy of all my friends, the interest of my most affectionate people, my little child, so rich a memorial of her I loved and still love, and above all, our holy and glorious faith in God, in Christ, and in immortality, these were enough to teach me very soon that I was far from being alone. I confess to you, my dear friend, that I never felt before the full power and reality, the entire sufficiency of our simple views. It is strong faith in simple truth that alone answers the purpose at such a time. My old friends seem nearer to me than ever, and I am bound to my people by renewed and stronger ties. I am enabled, I doubt not, to sympathize with them more fully, and to administer to them with more faith, the consolations of that religion, whose beauty and power I feel that I have experienced in my own bosom. I was denied the satisfaction of conversing with my dear Lucretia before she died, upon the subject of our separation, for the first very alarming symptoms we had, was the change which rendered her entirely insensible to all outward objects. I comfort myself with the thought that she is only

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