Alexander, David

Alexander, David a Presbyterian minister, was born in Ireland. and was ordained in 1738. He may. have been educated at the Log College, and licensed by Newcastle Presbytery. When called in 1740 to answer for his neglect to attend the stated meetings, he excused himself on account of his bodily weakness, and because the Presbytery were too superficial in examining candidates and opposed the work of God, and the ministers chiefly instrumental in carrying it on; and also because they opposed the crying-out during sermons. The Presbytery met at his church to consider a charge against him of intoxication, He took the pulpit and preached. He acknowledged the intoxication, and the Presbytery judged it not so heinous as had been represented; but they suspended him, til satisfaction was given for his disregardful conduct, yet he was suffered to sit in the synod of 1741 and then withdraw. The conjunct presbyteries of New Brunswick and Newcastle appointed him, on account of "the necessity in the Great Valley," to supply there. He then passes out of sight. See Webster, Hist. of the Presb. Church in America, 1857.

 
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