A History of the Presbyterian Church in America: from Its Origin Until the Year 1760


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GILBERT TBNNBNT. 887 New England custom, and was frequent in Pennsylvania, it being understood that the minister was to spend his days in their service. At Westfield, all who chose bound themselves by a covenant to be assessed according to their property, to make up whatever was de- ficient in the pastor’s salary. The first time Hubbell met with the synod, he put in a protest with Webb and others, and seems for years to have relinquished all connection with it. In 1732, his name appears again on the Re- cords, but generally as an absentee. In 1730, he gave up the charge of Hanover. He was present as a correspondent at the meeting of the com- mission in Hemphill’s case; and, in one of the pamphlets in defence of that unworthy man, it is said that Hubbell avowed that “ any method of promoting a good cause was innocent and lawful.” He prosecuted a claim for arrears, which led to his dismission in 1745, just before his death. GILBERT TENNENT, The oldest son of Tennent, of Neshaminy, was born in the county Armagh,* Feb. 5, 1703, before his father entered into orders. He was converted, through the exertions of his father, at the age of fourteen, while crossing the Atlantic. He was educated by him, and was licensed by Philadelphia Presbytery in May, 1725. He received in the fall the degree of A.M. from Yale. The honorary degree of Master of Arts was conferred by that institution for the first time in 1774, and he was the third person on whom it was be- stowed. He was called, Dec. 29, to Newcastle, and, after remain- ing some time, abruptly left. The congregation and the Presbytery of Newcastle complained of his departure; and a letter was pro- duced, declaring his acceptance of the call. The synod concluded that his conduct was too hasty and unadvised; and the moderator reproved him, and exhorted him to use more deliberation and cau- tion in future. The rebuke was sharp, and he took it meekly.f He was ordained at New Brunswick, by Philadelphia Presbytery, in the fall of 1726. He would have been called soon after to Nor- walk, had not the Fairfield Association interposed their judgment that he ought not to be taken from so destitute a region as the Jerseys. When he went to New Brunswick, he found there several excel- lent persons who had been converted under the ministry of the * Family Record in Dr. Alexander’s Log College, f MS. Records of Newcastle Presbytery.

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