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LUNT, William Parsons, clergyman, born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, 21 April, 1805; died in Akabah, Arabia Petraea, 20 March, 1857. He was graduated at Harvard in 1823, taught for a year at Plymouth, and studied law for a short time at Boston. He entered Cambridge divinity-school in 1825, and was pastor of the 2d Unitarian church of New York city in 1828-'33. On 3 June, 1835, he became associate pastor of the Unitarian church in Quincy, Massachusetts, in which connection he continued till his death. His writings display a singularly pure taste and classic refinement, and have been much admired. He was the author of " Discourse at the Interment of John Quincy Adams" (Boston, 1846); " Union of the Human Race" (1850); "Sermon on Daniel Webster" (1852) ; and "Gleanings," edited by his daughter and published by his son (1874). He also compiled "The Christian Psalter."
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