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LORING, Israel, clergyman, born in Hull, Massachusetts, 15 April, 1682" died in Sudbury, Massachusetts, 9 March, 1772. He was graduated at Harvard in 1701, and in 1706 became pastor of the Congregational church in Sudbury, Massachusetts. continuing in this charge for sixty-six years. Mr. Loring was one of the readiest writers of his day, was an ardent temperance reformer, and was often called on to speak on special occasions. In 1737 he delivered the annual election sermon, in the presence of Governor Jonathan Belcher, in which he urged that "the infamy may be taken from the memory and names of those who had suffered from the witchcraft delusion, and reparation made to their children for the injuries done them." He also opposed the system of revivals as conducted by Whitefield, and wrote a paper on the subject, entitled "Testimony against the Reverend George Whitefield and his Conduct." He left a manuscript journal of thirty volumes, biographical and historical, most of which has been lost.
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