Bass, John

Bass, John a Congregational minister, was born at Braintree, Mass., March 26, 1717. He graduated at Harvard in 1737, and was called to the pastorate in Ashford, Conn., where he ivas ordained in 1743. In 1751 he was dismissed "for dissenting from the Calvinistic sense of the quinquarticular points," having embraced the opinions of John Taylor, of Norwich, England. In 1842 Mr. Bass was employed to supply the pulpit of the First Congregational Church in Providence, R. I. In 1758, his health being poor, he entered upon the practice of medicine, and continued therein till his death, Oct. 24, 1762. The Providence Gazette of Oct. 30 spoke of his character in very exalted terms. Mr. Bass published A True Narrattive of the Late Unhappy Contention in the Church at Ashford (1751), and — in answer to Rev. Samuel Niles, who had replied to the above — A Letter to Mr. Niles, with Remarks on his Dying Testimony (1753). See Cong. Quarterly, 1859, p. 265.

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