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GEE, Joshua, clergyman, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 29 June, 1698; died there, 22 May, 1748. He was graduated at Harvard in 1717, and ordained pastor of the Old North Church in Boston, in 1723, as the colleague of Cotton Mather, who died in 1728. Mr. Gee continued in charge of the Church until his own death. He was a member of an assembly of clergymen that met in Boston, 7 July, 1743, to discuss the progress of religion in this country, and the same year published a letter addressed to the moderator, complaining of the character of the discussions, asserting the prevalence of antinomian errors among the clergy, alleging that not more than one third of the pastors of Massachusetts were in attendance, and upholding the great Whitfieldian revival. He is said to have been a man of strong mind, unusual powers of reasoning, and the possessor of much learning, but to have been intellectually indolent. He is the author of a" Sermon on the Death of Cotton Mather," and two discourses entitled, "The Strait Gate and the Marrow Way Infinitely Preferable to the Wide Gate and the Broad Way" (1729).
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