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LILLIE, John, clergyman, born in Kelso, Scotland, 16 December, 1812; died in Kingston, New York, in February, 1867. He was graduated at the University of Edinburgh in 1833, studied theology in that city for two years, and then, coming to the United States, completed his course in the New Brunswick seminary, and in 1836-'41 was pastor of the Dutch Reformed church at Kingston, New York He then had charge till 1843 of the grammar school of New York university, held a pastorate in New York city till 1848, and in 1844-'8 was also editor of the "Jewish Chronicle." He was a translator for the American Bible union in 1851-'7, and from 1858 until his death served as pastor of the Presbyterian church in Kingston, New York He received the degree of D. D. from the University of Edinburgh in 1855. Dr. Lillie was a fine scholar, clear and direct as a pulpit orator, and was an outspoken opponent of slavery when to be such was to risk popularity. He revised and translated several books of the New Testament for the Anglo-American edition of "Lange's Commentary," and published, besides various sermons and addresses, "The Perpetuity of the Earth," embodying his millenarian views (1842).
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