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LATHROP, Joseph, clergyman, born in Norwich, Connecticut, 20 October, 1731; died in West Springfield, Massachusetts, 31 December, 1820. He was graduated at Yale in 1754, and taught at Springfield, Massachusetts, at the same time studying theology. In August, 1756, he was ordained pastor of the Congregational church in West Springfield, where he preached until 1818. He received the degree of D. D. from Yale in 179l and from Harvard in 1811. A controversy arose in his congregation in 1'772 on the subject of baptism, and his discourses in refutation of the Baptists passed through several editions. His published sermons were very numerous. A part of them were issued in seven volumes (1796-1821), the last of which, published posthumously, contains his autobiography, which is remarkable for simplicity and candor. This collection contains two sermons, entitled "Wolves in Sheep's Clothing," that were called forth by dissensions in his church, and originally published with others on the same subject (Edinburgh, 1781).
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