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EDWARDS, Morgan, clergyman, born in 5lonmouthshire, Wales, 9 May 1722; died in Pencador, Del., 28 January 1795. He was educated at Bristol College, England, and ordained to the Baptist ministry in Cork, Ireland, 1 June 1757. He came to this country in 1761 and became pastor of the Baptist Church in Philadelphia, but resigned his charge in 1770, and never afterward became a pastor, traveling widely as preacher and lectures'. In the Revolutionary struggle Mr. Edwards was the only Baptist minister in the country, with one possible exception, who sympathized with the mother country. He was a man of scholarly tastes and attainments, and as a preacher had no equal in the Baptist pulpit of his day. To him, more than to any one else, is due the credit of founding Rhode Island College, now Brown University. Besides being the principal mover in the enterprise, he was active in securing funds for the permanent support of the institution, and was one of its fellows from 1764 till 1789. Mr. Edwards was the first American Baptist to attempt a history of his denomination in this country. In pursuing this design he traveled from New Hampshire to Georgia eagerly collecting materials. Besides various published discourses, he was the author of " Materials toward a History of the Baptists of Pennsylvania" (1772), and " Materials toward a History of the Baptists in Jersey" (1792). He also left a large body of manuscript records, which have proved of great value to subsequent writers. He received the degree of A. M. from the College of Philadelphia in 1762, and from Rhode Island College in 1769.
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