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MORGAN, Joseph, clergyman, born in Connecticut in 1674; died in 1740. He was ordained a clergyman of the Dutch Reformed church in 1697, and after settlements in East Chester, New York, from 1699 till 1704, and Greenwich, Connecticut, from 1704 till 1708, he held charges in Freehold and Middletown, New Jersey, where he served the Dutch and Presbyterian churches. From 1732 till 1737 he preached in Hopewell and Maidenhead, New Jersey One of his Latin letters to Cotton Mather, dated 1721, is still preserved in Worcester, Massachusetts In 1728 he was charged with having "practised astrology, countenanced promiscuous dancing, and transgressed in drink," which charges were not proved. In 1736 he was suspended from the ministry for intemperance, but was restored in 1738. Subsequently he was so affected by Whitefield's preaching that he travelled along the sea-coast of New Jersey as an evangelist and died in this work. In addition to sermons, he published treatises on "Baptism," "Original Sin," "Election," and "Sin its own Punishment."
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