famous Freedom of the will
In 1757, upon the death of his son-in-law, President Aaron Burr
is called to the vacant Presidency.
He is reluctant to go, for though he is only fifty-four, his health has never been robust, and he has his great book on the History of redemption
still to write.
But he accepts, finds the smallpox raging in Princeton
upon his arrival in January, 1758, is inoculated, and dies of the disease in March--his dreams unfulfilled, his life-work once more thwarted.
Close by the tomb of this saint is the tomb of his grandson, Aaron Burr
, who killed Hamilton
The literary reputation of Jonathan Edwards
has turned, like the vicissitudes of his life, upon factors that could, not be foreseen.
His contemporary fame was chiefly as a preacher, and was due to sermons like those upon God glorified in man's Dependence
and The reality of spiritual life
, rather than to such discourses as the Enfield sermon, Sinners in the hands of an Angry God
, which in our own day is the best known of his deliverances.
Legends have grown up around this terrific Enfield
Its fearful power over its immediate hearers cannot be gainsaid, and it will long continue to be quoted as an example of the