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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, August 17

Richard Mather arrives in Boston, the first of the "Mather Dynasty" in New England.
Repose (death) of Philip of Sukhona, a notable Orthodox hermit on Mt. Yankov. Considering himself unworthy, he had refused to become head of the monastery there.
Presbyterian pastor John Craig arrives in America, disembarking in Delaware. The first settled minister in western Virginia, he travels the region preaching and baptizing.
John Witherspoon is inaugurated as president of the College of New Jersey (later known as Princeton).
Anglican clergyman and hymnwriter John Newton wrote in a letter: 'It is no great matter where we are, provided we see that the Lord has placed us there, and that He is with us.'
Birth of George Croly, Irish churchman and author. During his life he published writings of biographical, historical and religious importance, but is primarily remembered today as author of the hymn, "Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart."
In Pennsylvania, Thomas Campbell, 46, and his son Alexander, 20, formed the American Movement for Christian Unity, which later became the Disciples of Christ Church.
Stephen and Mary Riggs, missionaries among the Dakota, hold service in the chapel at Hazelwood for the last time. An Indian uprising will force them to flee and the exertions of their flight will completely undermine Mary's health.
Death of Richard Upjohn, an architect who had designed many Christian churches in the United States, applying revived English Gothic architectural style. Because of his strong faith, he refused a commission to design a Unitarian church building, considering Unitarians anti-Christian.
(or 18th) Death of Bautista Silva, the first convert of the Piaroa tribe in Venezuela. He helped with Bible translation and sought to win others to Christ, traveling on foot and sitting up all night to speak about Jesus if need be.

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