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EASTBURN, James Wallis, clergyman, born in London, England, 26 September 1797" died at sea, 2 December 1819. His father and family came to the United States in 1803. The son was graduated at Columbia in 1816, studied theology under Bishop Griswold in Rhode Island, and while thus engaged undertook a new metrical version of the Psahns, which he did not live to complete. At the age of eighteen he wrote the hymn" O Holy., Holy, Holy Lord!" and was a contributor to various periodicals. He was ordained, 20 October 1818, and went to St. George's, Accomac County, Virginia. After less than a year's ministry his health failed, and in November 1819, accompanied by his mother and brother, afterward bishop of Massachusetts, he sailed for Vera Cruz. He died on the fourth day out, and was buried at sea. Mr. Eastburn wrote several fugitive poems, some of which are very graceful, and published, in conjunction with Robert C. Sands, " Yamoyden," a romantic poem, founded on the history of King Philip, the sachem of the Wampanoags (New York, 1818).
His brother, Manton Eastburn, P. E. bishop, born in Leeds, England, 9 February 1801" died in Boston, Massachusetts, 11 September 1872, was brought to the United States in infancy. He was graduated at Columbia in 1817, studied theology in the General Protestant Episcopal theological seminary in New York, was ordained in 1822, and for the next five years officiated as assistant minister in Christ Church, New York, whence, in 1827, he removed, to become rector of the Church of the Ascension. On 29 December 1842, he was consecrated assistant, bishop of the diocese of Massachusetts, then embracing also Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island and two months later, on the death of the venerable Bishop Griswold, became bishop of the diocese. On his death he bequeathed his property to domestic missions in Massachusetts, to the endowment of the Protestant Episcopal theological school at Cambridge, and to the American Bible society. He edited, with notes, Thornton's "Family Prayer" (New York, 1836), and published "Four Lectures on Hebrew, Latin, and English Poetry," delivered before the New York Athenaeum (1825): part of a volume of "Essays and Dissertations on Biblical Literature" (1829); "Lectures oil the Epistles to the Philippians" (1833); and "Oration at the Semi Centennial Anniversary of Columbia College" (1837).
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