Merritt, Timothy

Merritt, Timothy an early and eminent Methodist Episcopal minister, was born at- Barkhamstead, Conn., October, 1775. He was converted about 1792, and entered the New England Conference in 1796. From 1803 to 1817 he located ; was stationed in Boston in 1817-18; in 1822 was at Providence;- in 1825-26 preached at Boston; in 1831 at Malden, and also "devoted much time to the editorship of Zion's Herald;" from 1832 to 1836 was assistant editor of the Christian Advocate and Journal, New York. He died at Lynn, Mass., 1845. Mr. Merritt was an able and powerful writer, an eloquent preacher, an accomplished debater, and in all respects one of the foremost ministers of his time. He was a well-read man, and worthy of a place among the scholars of his Church. His ministry was made especially useful by the enjoyment and earnest preaching of the doctrine of Christian perfection., His influence was wide and blessed, and his memory is precious. Mr. Merritt published Convert's Guide and Preacher's Assistant:-Christian Manual:-Discussion against Universal Salvation:-On the Validity and Sufficiency of Infant Baptism: and (together with Dr. Wilbur Fisk) Lectures and Discussions on Universal Salvation. See Minutes of Conferences, 2:616; Steven's Memorials of Methodism, i, ch. 23; ii, ch. 27; Sherman's New Engl. Divines, p.312. (G. L. T.)

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