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PHELPS, Sylvanus Dryden, clergyman, born in Suffield, Connecticut, 15 May, 1816. He was graduated at Brown in 1844, and at the Yale theological seminary in 1847. In 1846 he became pastor of the 1st Baptist church in New Haven, Connecticut, in which relation he remained for twenty-eight years. Since 1876 he has been editor of the "Christian Secretary" at Hartford, Connecticut. In 1854 he received from Madison university the honorary degree of D.D. He has published several works : "Eloquence of Nature, and other Poems" (Hartford, 1842); "Sunlight and Hearthlight," poems (New York, 1855); " The Holy Land" (1863; republished as " Bible Lands," Chicago, 1869) ; " The Poet's Song for the Heart and House " (1869) ; and "Sermons in the Four Quarters of the Globe" (1886).
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