An Address to the Lay Preachers of New-Haven (1821)
An Address to the Lay Preachers of New-Haven (1821)

An Address to the Lay Preachers of New-Haven (1821)

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A Layman; [Mills, Isaac].  An Address to the Lay Preachers of New-Haven. New-Haven: Jonathan Cape, 1821. First Edition. Good. Pamphlet.  (3368) 

16 pp. pamphlet, 4 1/2 x 7, some old pencil markings, small chip top right corner of tp.

Attributed by Shoemaker to Isaac Mills. Not in Roberts.

Judge Mills in this pamphlet reproves lay preachers as "wolves in sheep's clothing." That they "in an unauthorized manner, itinerated from place to place, from town to town, and from county to county, preaching, exhorting and admonishing both Christians and sinners, and that in large popular assemblies, to repent and believe." He compares their actions with those of Uzza and the Ark; and of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. "As a member of the visible church, I shall never cease to lift my feeble voice against all lay preaching, and all other obtrusions into the ministerial office."

Judge Isaac Mills (1767- 1843) graduated with distinction at Yale College in 1786, studied law at New Haven, where he opened a practice. He joined the Center Church on profession of faith in 1806 and "it was owing principally to his exertions that the present meeting-house was erected." - Dexter, Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College.

"His phenomenal success as an advocate and expounder of law made him prominent, and he passed through the grades of advancement to Chief Judge, to which he was appointed in 1825.In 1805 he went to northern Ohio, in the interests of the Connecticut Fire Lands Company...to secure a treaty with the Indians for the extinguishment of their claim, which he accomplished. Among other memorable things that he did was the laying out the city of Sandusky, in 1817." - Portrait and Biographical Album on Sanilac County (1884).