Philadelphus; [Whelpley, Samuel]. Letters Addressed to Caleb Strong, Esq., Late Governor of Massachusetts, showing, that Retaliation, Capital Punishments, and War, are Prohibited by the Gospel; Justified by no good Principal; not Necessary to the Safety of Individuals or Nations; But Inconsistent with their Welfare; Inconsistent with the Christian Character; and Contrary to the Laws of Christ. Providence: Miller & Hutchins, 1818. Third Edition.
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Samuel Whelpley (1766-1817); born at Stockbridge, Massachusetts… His father was a Baptist deacon, and he “was ordained a Baptist preacher, 1792, and a Presbyterian preacher, 1806.” – Allibone.
Whelpley has an entry on p. 380 of Sprague's Presbyterian volume of his Annals. He was well-known both as a preacher and as a teacher, sometimes devoting his time to teaching school, and had a reputation for reading and knowing very much about history.
"I know in general that Mr. Whelpley was highly respected in our community, as a teacher, a minister of the Gospel, and a Christian gentleman. His school, while he was at Newark, was in high repute, and I believe there were few more competent teachers in his day. I occasionally heard him preach in Dr. Richards' pulpit, and was always gratified and edified by his public services. His sermons showed a mind trained to close and consecutive thought, while the most prominent characteristic of his manner was a deep and all-pervading solemnity." - Hon. Theodore Frelinghuysen, LL. D.