precision and enthusiasm which would have made him a great naturalist.
At fourteen he begins his notes on The mind
and on Natural science
He is graduated from Yale in 1720, studies theology, and at twenty-four becomes the colleague of his famous grandfather, Solomon Stoddard
, in the church at Northampton
He marries the beautiful Sarah Pierrepont
, whom he describes in his journal in a prose rhapsody which, like his mystical rhapsodies on religion in the same youthful period, glows with a clear unearthly beauty unmatched in any English prose of that century.
For twenty-three years he serves the Northampton church
, and his sermons win him the rank of the foremost preacher in New England
reads at Oxford
his account of the great revival of 1735.
comes to visit him at Northampton
Then, in 1750, the ascetic preacher alienates his church over issues pertaining to discipline and to the administration of the sacrament.
He is dismissed.
He preaches his “farewell sermon,” like Wesley, like Emerson
, like Newman
, and many another still unborn.
He removes to Stockbridge
, then a hamlet in the wilderness, preaches to the Indians, and writes treatises on theology and metaphysics, among them the world