Hamilton, James, Dd
Hamilton, James, D.D.
an eminent Presbyterian minister, was born in Strathblane, Scotland, in 1814. He commenced his ministry at Abernyte, Scotland, and after a short time was called to Edinburgh. In 1841 he was called to be pastor of the National Scotch Church, Regent's Square, London, and was soon known as one of the most eloquent and powerful ministers of the metropolis. He died in London November 24, 1867. Dr. Hamilton's labors as a minister were very successful, and he was equally eminent in the field of authorship, especially in the field of experimental and practical religion. Of his Life in Earnest, scores of editions have appeared in England (sixty-fifth thousand, Lond. 1852) and America; and his Mount of Olives (sixty-fifth thousand, London, 1853) has been almost as widely circulated. "He was not only one of the most popular religious writers of the day, and master of one of the most fascinating styles in which Christian truth and feeling were ever clothed, but he was also no ordinary theologiane in the proper scientific sense of that term," though he never wrote any theological work in scientific form. A complete edition of his works in six volumes is now (1869) publishing in London, as follows: vol. 1, Life in Earnest; Mount of Olives; A Morning beside the Lake of Galilee; Happy Home: — vol. 2, Light for the Path; Emblems from Eden; The Parable of the Prodigal Son; The Church in the House; Dew of Hermon; Thankfulness: — vol. 3, The Royal Preacher; Lessons from the Great Biography: — vol. 4, Notes on Job and Proverbs; Reviews, Essays, and Fugitive Pieces: — vols. 5 and 6, Selections from unpublished Sermons and MSS. See Brit. and For. Evang. Review, Jan. 1869, art. 5.