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READ, Hollis, missionary, born in Newfane, Vermont, 26 August, 1802; died in Somerville, New Jersey, 7 April, 1887. He was graduated at Williams in 1826, studied theology at Princeton seminary, was ordained as an evangelist at Newburyport, Massachusetts, 24 September, 1829, and in the following year sailed for India. He labored for five years as a missionary in Bombay, then returned to the United States, and was for two years an agent for the American board of commissioners for foreign missions. He was pastor in 1837-'8 of the Presbyterian church at Babylon, L. I., and in 1838-'43 of the Congregational church at Derby, Connecticut He was agent for the American tract society in 1843-'4, pastor of the Congregational church at New Preston, Connecticut, in 1845-'51, a teacher at Orange and agent for the Society for the conversion of the Jews in 1851-'5, and afterward preached at Cranford, New Jersey, till 1864. He published" Journal in India" (New York, 1835) ; "Babajee, the Christian Brahmin" (New York, 1837); "The Hand of God in History" (Hartford, 1848-'52), which was republished in England and had great popularity ; "Memoirs and Sermons of W. J. Armstrong, D.D." (New York, 1851) ; "Palace of the Great King" (New York, 1855); " Commerce and Christianity," a prize essay (Philadelphia, 1856); "India and its People, Ancient and Modern" (Columbus, 1858); " The Coming Crisis of the World" (Columbus, 1858); "The Negro Problem Solved, or Africa as She Was, as She Is, and as She Shall Be" (New York, 1864); and "The Footprints of Satan" (1866). Reverend William Ramsey published an account of a missionary tour in India made with Mr. Read.
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