Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Something out of Dwight’s Volume I, page 52 & 53
Rev. Edward Payson Hammond graduated at Williams College, in 1858; studied theology one year at the Union Theological Seminary in New York, and completed his studies at the Free Church Theological Seminary, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
It was his fixed purpose to become in the end a missionary to Bulgaria, Turkey. But while pursuing his studies at Edinburgh he supplied the pulpit of the Congregational Church, in Musselburgh, and was so much blessed in his labors that he received numerous invitations to labor as an evangelist at the close of his course of study, and labored in such a way in Scotland for about a year.
In the summer of 1861, he returned to this country on board the Great Eastern with two thousand and more British soldiers on their way to Quebec, and preached to them daily on the way. From that time until July 28, 1866, he labored almost incessantly — preaching once and twice a day continuously as an evangelist in different parts of the country.
In “the Harvest Work of the Holy Spirit,” by Rev. P. C. Headley, an extended account is given of his labors.
In July 1866, he went with his wife to Palestine — preaching, while on his way thither, on the continenet through an interpreter many times, as also afterwards in the Holy Land.
On his return homewards he preached for a year and a half in London, Glasgow, Dublin and many other places, during which time he wrote and published numerous books which had a large circulation.
His attention has been much directed to efforts for the conversion of chidren, and thousands it is believed have been led by him on both sides of the Atlantic to consecrate themselves in their youth to their Master in Heaven.
He was ordained a minister of the gospel January 1863, by the Third Presbytery of New York.
He spends his summers (1870) at Vernon, Connecticut. To him the author is indebted for most of the account here furnished of the Strong-Hammond Famiy.
He is the author of “Sketches of Palestine,” “Jesus, The Way,” “Little Ones in the Fold,” “New Praises of Jesus,” “Children and Jesus,” “Jesus’ Lambs,” “Hymns of Salvation,” “Jesus, the Lamb of God,” etc.