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DEXTER, Henry Nartyn, clergyman, born in Plympton, Massachusetts, 13 August 1821. He was graduated at Yale in 1840, at Andover theological seminary in 1844, and was called to be pastor of the Congregational Church at Manchester, New Hampshire, in the same year. In 1849 he removed to Boston, and remained in charge of what is now the Berkeley Street Congregational Church until 1867. From 1851 till 1866 he was editor of the "Congregationalist," and from 1859 till 1866 of the "Congregational Quarterly," the publication of which he began in connection with Drs. Clark and Quint. In 1867 he resigned his pastorate to become editor-in-chief of the consolidated " Recorder" and "Congregationalist," which he still edits (1887). He has been a frequent contributor of historical essays to periodical literature, in 1865 he received the degree of D.D. from Iowa College, and in 1880 from Yale. >From 1877 till 1880 he was lecturer on Congregationalism at Andover theological seminary. Among his published works are "The Voice of the Bible the Verdict of Reason " (1858); "Street Thoughts" (1859); " Congregationalism : What it is, Whence it is, How it Works, Why it is better than any other Form of Church Government, and its Consequent Demands" (1865; 5th ed., 1879); "The Verdict of Reason upon the Future Punishment of those who Die hnpenitent" (1865); "The Church Polity of the Pilgrims the Polity of the New Testament" (1870); "As to Roger Williams, and his ' Banishment' from the Massachusetts Colony" (1876 ; 2d ed., 1877); "The Congregationalism of the last Three Hundred Years, as seen in its Literature, with Special Reference to Certain Recondite, Neglected, or Disputed Passages," with a Bibliographical Appendix (New York, 1880); "A Handbook of Congregationalism" (Boston, 1880); " Roger Williams's Christenings make not Christians: a Longlost Tract Recovered and Exactly Reprinted, and Edited" (Providence, 1881); " The True Story of John Smvth, the SeBaptist, etc." (1881); and "Common Sense as to Woman Suffrage" (1885). The" Congregationalism of the Last 300 Years " is enriched with a bibliography containing 7,250 titles. He has also edited, for private reprint, Church's "Eastern Expeditions" and his" Entertaining Passages Relating to Philip's War," together with Mourt's "Relation," from the first editions. He has prepared in manuscript "A Bibliography of the Church Struggle in England during the Sixteenth Century," with 1,800 titles. For many years he has been preparing a history of "Old Plymouth Colony," the first volume of which, devoted to the " Prehistory of the Colony, with the English and Dutch Life of the Plymouth Men," will appear in 1887.
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