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MARTYN, Sarah Towne, author, born in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, 15 August, 1805 ; died in New York city, 22 November, 1879. She was the daughter of Reverend Ethan Smith, by whom her education was directed. She married in 1841 Reverend Job H. Martyn, a clergyman of New York city, where she resided for twenty-five years. She established the "Ladies' Wreath," which she edited from 1846 till 1851, but which she resigned on the removal of her husband to Waukesha, Wisconsin On her return to New York she began writing for the American tract society, which within a few years published more than twenty of her books.. She wrote fictions of a semi-historical character, illustrating important personages and events in church history, notably those connected with the Reformation, of which period she had made a special study. She also contributed many essays and short stories to periodicals. Mrs. Martyn was an active advocate or the anti-slavery and temperance reforms, and her residence in New York city was a centre for those that labored in their behalf. Among her books are "Evelyn Percival," "Allen Cameron," "Happy Fireside," "Huguenots of France," and "Jesus in Bethany" (New York, 1865) ; "Effie Morrison" and "Sybil Grey" (1866); "Hopes of Hope Castle," " Lady Alice Lisle," "Margaret of Navarre," and " William Tyndale" (1867) ; "Daughters of the Cross," "Nettie and her Sister," " Wilford Parsonage," and " Women of the Bible" (1868) ; "The Crescent and the Cross" (1869); "Dora's Mistake" (1870) ; and "Hillside Cottage" (Boston, 1872).--Her son, William Carlos, clergyman, born in New York city, 15 December, 1841, was graduated at the law-school of the University of New York in 1863. Before completing his course he acted as assistant editor to several New York journals, and, after leaving the school, began the preparation of a series of bio-graphical and historical works, which were published by the American tract society. He then entered ***tgnion theological seminary, was graduated in 1869, and has held pastorates in St. Louis, Missouri, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and New York, in which latter city he still (1888) remains. Besides contributing frequently to the periodical press, Mr. Martyn has published "Life of John Milton," "Life of Martin Luther," and "History of the Huguenots" (New York, 1866); "History of the English Puritans" and "History of the Pilgrim Fathers of New England" (1867); and "The Dutch Reformation" (1868).
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