Bragdon, C P

Bragdon, C. P., a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born in Acton, Maine, September 9, 1808. In 1830 he was converted, and soon after went to the seminary at Cazenovia, N. Y., to prepare for the ministry. In 1834 he entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the Maine Conference, and filled various churches there for ten years, when his health broke down, and he retired to Auburn, N. Y. He resumed his labors in New England in a few years, and then removed to the Rock River Conference, as better suited to his health. Here he labored effectively for several years, his last station being Evanston, Illinois. He died January 8,1861. In the pulpit he " seemed like one of the old prophets risen again with the commission of God to deplore the desolations of Zion, and to denounce the sin of the people, urging the alternative of penitence or peril. Many mistook this for unnecessary severity. The mistake was in not fully knowing this ambassador of God. They did not see that he forgot that he was anything; that God's honor was to him everything, and that the deep ethical spirit within him rose to indignation that God's honor and claims should be so flagrantly violated." Minutes of Conferences, 1861, p. 207.

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