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[227] acceptable and useful to hearers of every degree of cultivation. He was always full of plain, good sense, and thoroughly in earnest. He never treated his subjects in the pulpit in an abstract and metaphysical way; but was close, searching, practical and often singularly felicitous in his racy and familiar illustrations, drawn from actual life. He was a close observer; and the wants and characteristics of the working day world about him contributed to enrich his public discourses.

He was indeed by nature an eminently gifted man, a good scholar, and a good theologian—useful in his high calling—faithful to his sacred duties; and now being suddenly withdrawn from his labors in the prime of his life, he has left behind him a loved and honored name.

From the notice in the Christian Register, for July 1, 1843, by Rev. Lemuel Capen, then of South Boston, the following extract is given:

‘With many noble and manly qualities, he had all the artless simplicity of a little child. With childlike freedom you might treat him, and allow him to treat you, with not the least danger, on either side, to true dignity of character or self-respect, and world-wide from that familiarity, which in some lower orders of mind would most surely lead to contempt and derision. With him, in view of all the shades, aspects, and developments of his character, you could not but feel, that you were in the presence of a man,--a true-hearted, noble-minded man, for such he showed himself to be in all the relations of life.’1

1 Various sermons of his were printed:

(1) Sketch of the Life and Character of the late Rev. Joseph Mottey, of Lynnfield. From the Christian Disciple for Nov. and Dec. 1821. Boston, 1822. Pp. 16.

(2) A Sermon preached at Concord, Massachusetts, May 16, 1823, at the semi-annual meeting of the ‘Evangelical Missionary Society in Massachusetts.’ By David Damon, A. M., Minister of the Church in Lunenburg, Mass. (From the Christian Disciple.) Boston, 1823. Text, Rom. x. 14, 16. Pp. 10.

(3) A Sermon preached at Charlton, Mass., Sept. 14, 1826, at the Annual Meeting of the Auxiliary Bible Society in the County of Worcester. By David Damon, Minister of Lunenburg. Pp. 27.

(4) Sermon, delivered at Worcester, in or about 1826.

(5) A Sermon delivered at Lunenburg, Dec. 2, 1827, by David Damon, at the close of his ministry in that town. Lancaster, 1828. Pp. 22.

(6) Address delivered at Amesbury, Aug. 2, 1829, previous to the organization of the Salisbury and Amesbury Society for Promoting Temperance. By David Damon, Minister of the Congregational Society of Salisbury and Amesbury.—Published by Request—Boston, 1829. Pp. 24.

(7) Sermon, Human Life a Tale. By Rev. David Damon, Amesbury. Text, Ps. XC. 9. Pp. 11.

(8) Sermon, The Faith common to Christians. By Rev. David Damon, of Amesbury, Mass. (Published in the Liberal Preacher.) Text, Eph. IV. 5, 6. Pp. 16.

(9) The Means of Attaining Religion. By David Damon. Printed for the Union Ministerial Association. Dover, 1832. Text, Matt. 15: 27. Pp. 16.

(10) Sermon published in or about 1834. Text, ‘What is Truth?’ Thought to be published as a Unitarian tract.

(11) Sermon, text, ‘Truth Lord, but the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the children's table.’

(12) Sermon. Text, ‘We spend our years as a tale that is told.’ Pp. 13.

(13) An Address delivered before the Ministerial Conference in Berry Street, Boston, May 27, 1840. By David Damon. Boston, 1840. Pp. 24.

(14) Centennial Sermon, West Cambridge, by Rev. D. Damon, voted to be published at expense of parish, 1840.

(15) A Sermon at the Annual Election, Jan. 6, 1841. By David Damon, Pastor of the Congregational Church in West Cambridge. Boston, 1841. Pp. 34.

(16) A Sermon preached at West Cambridge, Aug. 1, 1841, the Sabbath after the Death of Philip Augustus Whittemore, oldest son of Philip and Sarah Whittemore. By Rev. David Damon. Published by Request of the Parents and Friends of the Deceased. Boston, 1841. Text, Gen. XLIII. 14. Pp 16.

(17) A Poem, written and read by him at the Fourth of July Celebration in West Cambridge, 1842. The procession mustered at the Universalist meetinghouse, and marched to the Unitarian meeting-house, led by a band of music from Woburn. The Declaration of Independence was read by Rev. Mr. Damon, and an address delivered by Rev. J. C. Waldo. A repast was prepared by the ladies at a grove.—See Lowell Journal, for July 8, 1842, William Schouler, Editor and Proprietor.

(18) The Sinfulness of Sin, a Sermon by the Rev. David Damon, in The Monthly Miscellany of Religion and Letters for March, 1843. Boston. Text, Rom. VII. 13. Pp. 7.

(19) Notice of the Rev. William Gray Swett, in The Monthly Miscellany of Religion and Letters for April, 1843. Boston. Pp. 6.

(20) An Address delivered at the Consecration of the New Cemetery in West Cambridge, Mass., June 14, 1843. By David Damon, Pastor of the Congregational Society. Somerville, 1843. Pp. 12. From an introductory note to this address, we quote this statement: ‘Nine days subsequent to its delivery he attended the funeral of the Hon. Edmund Parker, in Reading, Mass. He entered the pulpit, apparently in good health, but at the close of the services was attacked with apoplexy. He was conveyed from the pulpit to the late residence of Mr. Parker, where he died on Sunday morning, June 25, in the fifty-sixth year of his age. He was the first to rest in the New Cemetery, at the consecration of which he had so recently assisted. His townsmen,—who have since strewed his grave with flowers, “and blessed the bed,” —previous to his decease requested a copy of the address for publication.’

(21) Several poems in a bound volume of a paper published at Cambridge, while he was in college, given to Edward Everett, his classmate, after Mr. D.'s death. It contained articles by the students, among them many by Mr. Everett.

A Dudleian Lecture, delivered by him in the College Chapel, Wednesday, the 12th of May, 1841. (Ms.) Text, Rev. 18: 2.

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