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MITCHELL, William, clergyman, born in Chester, Connecticut, 9 December, 1793; died in Corpus Christi, Texas, 1 August, 1867. He was graduated at Yale in 1818, and at Andover theological seminary in 1821. After serving as home missionary and being ordained on 20 October, 1824, he was pastor of churches in Newtown, Connecticut, Rutland, Vermont, and Wallingford, Vermont In 1853-'8 he was successively secretary of the Vermont, New York, and New Jersey colonization societies. In 1859 he removed to Texas and had charge of churches in Casa Blanca and Corpus Christi. The degree of A. M. was conferred on him in 1833 by Middlebury college, of which he was one of the trustees. He contributed to periodicals, and, besides pamphlet discourses, published "A Doctrinal Guide for Young Christians" (New York, 1833), and "Coleridge and the Moral Tendency of his Writings" (New Haven).--His brother, John, clergyman, born in Chester, Connecticut, 29 December, 1794; died in Stratford, Connecticut, 28 April, 1870, was graduated at Yale in 1821, and studied for a year at Andover theological seminary, lie was licensed to preach in 1829, and in 1830 ordained pastor of the 1st Congregational church in Fair Haven, Connecticut, where he remained for six years. He was invited to the charge of the Edwards church in Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1838, but resigned in 1842 on account of failing health. After travelling abroad he settled in Stratford, and, unable to resume the cares of pastoral work, devoted himself to literary pursuits, and in his later years was a member of the Connecticut legislature. During 182;3-'8 he edited the " Christian Spectator," and, besides sermons and contributions to newspapers and periodicals, he published "A Guide to the Principles and Practices of the Congregational Churches of New England " (Northampton, Massachusetts, 18;38); " Letters to a Disbeliever in Revivals" (1841); "Notes from over the Sea, consisting of Observations made in Europe in 1843-'4" (2 vols., New York, 1845); "Reminiscences of Scenes and Characters in College" (New Haven, 1847); "My Mother, or Recollections of Maternal Influence" (New York, 1849): and " Rachel Kell, or the Disowned" (1853). See " Derwent, or Recollections of Young Life in the Country " (New York, 1872).
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