Drisius, Samuel

Drisius, Samuel of Leyden, was pastor of the Holland Church in London until, in 1652; he was called and removed to the Reformed (Dutch) Church in New York city, where he ministered until his death in 1682. Once in every month he preached to the Waldenses on Staten Island. He was the colleague of the elder Megapolensis for twelve years, and is said, like him, to have been very intolerant towards those who dissented from his religious views. At their instance governor Stuyvesant issued a proclamation against conventicles, under which fines and imprisonment were inflicted upon those who disobeyed the order. The Dutch West India Company, however, soon rebuked and rectified these unwarranted proceedings. Mr. Drisius was an accomplished scholar and linguist.See Corwin, Manual of the Ref. Church in America, page 74; De Witt, Hist. Discourses pages 35 36, 69. (W.J.R.T.)

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