Fisk, Pliny

Fisk, Pliny a Congregational minister and missionary, was born at Shelburne, Mass., June 24, 1792. He graduated at Middlebury College in 1814, studied theology at Andover, entered the ministry in January, 1814, and preached for a time in Wilmington, Vt. Having determined to be a missionary, be was, with Mr. Levi Parsons, appointed by the American Board of Missions to the Palestine mission in September, 1818, and spent the winter traveling through the South, raising money for the missionary cause. With his colleague, he sailed from Boston for Smyrna, Nov. 3, 1819, and arrived at their port Jan..15, 1820. The two missionaries spent some time in Scio to study modern Greek, then visited the "seven churches'" in Asia Minor, and finally settled in Smyrna. Early in 1822. Mr. Fisk accompanied Mr. Parsons to Egypt, where the latter died, Feb. 10. His successor, the Rev. J. King, met Mr. Fisk at Malta, and in April, 1823, they went, together with Mr. Wolff, by way of Egypt and the desert, to Judea. After visiting Jerusalem and Beyrout, they visited the principal cities in Northern Syria to "spy" out the land," and spent some part of 1824 at Damascus and-Aleppo studying Arabic. In May, 1825, he joined the mission already established at Beyrout, and died there on the 23d of October following. See Bond, Life of Pliny Fisk (Boston, 1828, 12mo). -American Miss. Memorial, p. 254;' Sprague, Annals, ii, 622.

 
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