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"A Sermon Preach'd at the Funeral of the Reverend Mr. John Williams"

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The Reverend John Williams<!--ObjectID=538--> (1664-1729) of Deerfield, Massachusetts, died twenty-five years after being taken captive with his family and other Deerfield residents in the French and Indian raid on the town in 1704. Williams<!--ObjectID=538--> was well-known in New England because of his two-year captivity ordeal and for his unceasing efforts to bring home his children and other Deerfield captives still in Canada. The Reverend Isaac Chauncey's funeral sermon for Williams<!--ObjectID=538--> was typically lengthy. It extolled repeatedly Williams'<!--ObjectID=538--> personal piety and sterling ministerial qualities despite personal tragedy and affliction. Printing particularly noteworthy sermons was a common practice in the 18th and 19th centuries.


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