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PARISH, Elijah, clergyman, born in Lebanon, Connecticut, 7 November, 1762; died in Byfield, Massachusetts, 15 October, 1825. He was graduated at Dartmouth in 1785, studied theology, and on 20 December, 1787, was settled as pastor of the Congregational church at Byfield, with which he remained connected till his death. The degree of D. D. was given him by Dartmouth in 1807. He accepted the Hopkinsonian system of theology, and in politics was a strong Federalist. In 1810 he delivered the annual election sermon, in which he assailed the National administration with such acrimony that the legislature declined to print the discourse. It was published by subscription (Boston, 1810), and widely circulated and discussed. Some of his violent political sermons were quoted by Mathew Carey in his "Olive Branch " (Philadelphia, 1814). Dr. Parish published eighteen occasional sermons and three orations, and, conjointly with Reverend Jedediah Morse, a " Gazetteer of the Eastern and Western Continents" (Charlestown, 1802); " Compendious History of New England" (Newburyport, 1809); and " Sacred Geography, or Gazetteer of the Bible" (1813). He was the author also of " A New System of Modern Geography, or a General Description of all the Considerable Countries of the World " (Newburyport, 1810). In conjunction with Reverend David McClure he published "Memoirs of Eleazer Wheelock" (Newburyport, 1811). A volume of Dr. Parish's "Sermons, with a Brief Memoir," was issued after his death (1826).
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