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Recollections of a Long Life An Autobiography   By: (1822-1909)

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[Illustration: THEODORE LEDYARD CUYLER]

RECOLLECTIONS OF A LONG LIFE

AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

BY THEODORE LEDYARD CUYLER, D.D., LL.D. Author of "God's Light on Dark Clouds," "Heart Life," Etc.

1902.

CONTENTS

I

BOYHOOD AND COLLEGE LIFE

II

GREAT BRITAIN SIXTY YEARS AGO Wordsworth Dickens The Land of Burns, etc .

III

GREAT BRITAIN SIXTY YEARS AGO (Continued) Carlyle Mrs. Baillie The Young Queen Napoleon

IV

HYMN WRITERS I HAVE KNOWN Montgomery Bonar Bowring Palmer and others .

V

THE TEMPERANCE REFORM AND MY CO WORKERS

VI

WORK IN THE PULPIT

VII

EXPERIENCE IN REVIVALS

VIII

AUTHORSHIP

IX

SOME FAMOUS PEOPLE ABROAD Gladstone Dr. Brown Dean Stanley Shaftesbury, etc.

X

SOME FAMOUS PEOPLE AT HOME Irving Whittier Webster Greeley, etc .

XI

THE CIVIL WAR AND ABRAHAM LINCOLN

XII

PASTORAL WORK

XIII

SOME FAMOUS PREACHERS IN BRITAIN Binney Hamilton Guthrie Hall Spurgeon Duff and others .

XIV

SOME FAMOUS AMERICAN PREACHERS The Alexanders Dr. Tyng Dr. Cox Dr. Adams Dr. Storrs Mr. Beecher, Mr. Finney and Dr. B.M. Palmer .

XV

SUMMERING AT SARATOGA AND MOHONK Bishop Haven Dr. Schaff President McCook.

XVI

A RETROSPECT

XVII

A RETROSPECT (Continued)

XVIII

HOME LIFE

XIX

LIFE AT HOME AND FRIENDS ABROAD

XX

THE JOYS OF THE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY A Valedictory Discourse Delivered to the Lafayette Avenue Church, April 6, 1890.

ILLUSTRATIONS.

THEODORE LEDYARD CUYLER

DR. CUYLER WHEN PASTOR OF THE MARKET ST. CHURCH

DR CUYLER AT 50

LAFAYETTE AVENUE CHURCH

DR. CUYLER AT 80

RECOLLECTIONS OF A LONG LIFE

CHAPTER I

MY BOYHOOD AND COLLEGE LIFE

Washington Irving has somewhere said that it is a happy thing to have been born near some noble mountain or attractive river or lake, which should be a landmark through all the journey of life, and to which we could tether our memory. I have always been thankful that the place of my nativity was the beautiful village of Aurora, on the shores of the Cayuga Lake in Western New York. My great grandfather, General Benjamin Ledyard, was one of its first settlers, and came there in 1794. He was a native of New London County, Ct., a nephew of Col. William Ledyard, the heroic martyr of Fort Griswold, and the cousin of John Ledyard, the celebrated traveller, whose biography was written by Jared Sparks. When General Ledyard came to Aurora some of the Cayuga tribe of Indians were still lingering along the lakeside, and an Indian chief said to my great grandfather, "General Ledyard, I see that your daughters are very pretty squaws." The eldest of these comely daughters, Mary Forman Ledyard, was married to my grandfather, Glen Cuyler, who was the principal lawyer of the village, and their eldest son was my father, Benjamin Ledyard Cuyler. He became a student of Hamilton College, excelled in elocution, and was a room mate of the Hon. Gerrit Smith, afterward eminent as the champion of anti slavery. On a certain Sabbath, the student just home from college was called upon to read a sermon in the village church of Aurora, in the absence of the pastor, and his handsome visage and graceful delivery won the admiration of a young lady of sixteen, who was on a visit to Aurora. Three years afterward they were married. My mother, Louisa Frances Morrell, was a native of Morristown, New Jersey; and her ancestors were among the founders of that beautiful town. Her maternal great grandfather was the Rev. Dr. Timothy Johnes, the pastor of the Presbyterian Church, who administered the sacrament of the Lord's Supper to General Washington. Her paternal great grandfather was the Rev. Azariah Horton, pastor of a church near Morristown, and an intimate friend of the great President Edwards. The early settlers of Aurora were people of culture and refinement; and the village is now widely known as the site of Wells College, among whose graduates is the popular wife of ex President Cleveland... Continue reading book >>




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