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A PIONEER MINISTER

BY REV. SUPPLY CHASE
APRIL 21, 1873

Plain men, with a good common English education, "knowing little Latin, and less Greek, " but with a good fund of common sense; men who loved their work, and repined not at the self-denial and sacrifices which they were called to make. Such were the men who laid the foundation of the religious institutions of Michigan. And what was true of the Baptist ministry was essentially true of the ministry of other denominations. Men who could arrange a sermon by torchlight, or on horseback, and preach it under circumstances which would have appalled the man who depends upon reading from his manuscript, for want of light. To the labors of such men is largely due the originating of our institutions of learning, which bless our State. Noble men! they have mostly ceased from their labors; they have gone to their rest; their works remain; their names are hallowed in many a household. A few yet linger among us.
MILITIA PARADE.
In the month of June, 1836, occurred what was probably the last regimental parade of territorial militia of what is now the State of Michigan, at which the writer was requested to officiate as chaplain. This he was very willing to do, having been familiar with military matters previous to entering the ministry. The regiment was reviewed by Gen. John Stockton, who yet lives at Mt. Clemens in a ripe old age. Some who bore arms that day were understood to be heroes of the Toledo war which had recently closed, with their blushing honors thick upon them—doughty feats of arms performed on the battle fields of Monroe county, or in the swamps of Maumee.

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