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BEDELL, Gregory Townsend, clergyman, born on Staten Island, New York, 28 October 1793; died in Baltimore, Maryland, 30 August 1834. His early education was obtained chiefly at the Episcopal academy, Cheshire, Connecticut He was graduated at Columbia College in 1811, studied for the ministry of the Episcopal Church, and was ordained by Bishop Hobart, 4Nov., 1814. His first charge was at Hudson, New York, where he remained three years. In 1818 he accepted a call to Fayetteville, North Carolina, but, as his health was delicate and the climate did not suit him, he removed to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in May 1822. St. Andrew's Church was established through his labors, and he acquired great popularity as a preacher. In a few years, however, his health failed, and the end came to him in Baltimore, while on his return home from Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania Dr. Bedell published and was the author of sacred poems and musical compositions. Among his works are, "Bible Studies" (2 vols., 1829) ; "Ezekiel's Vision" ; "Onward, or Christian Progression" ; "Waymarks " ; "Is it well ?" and "It is well." The Rev. Stephen H. Tyng, died D., published his sermons, with a memoir, in 1836.
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