History of the Presbytery of Huntingdon (Classic Reprint)
The original design was principally to rescue from oblivion the names of the original members of the Presbytery, whose labors were so abundant, and whose trials and disadvantages wera,i so great. In addition to the extensive fields which they had to cultivate, the want of suitable church buildings in which they had to minister, added greatly to their discomfort, which they shared in common with the people. The first churches were built of unhewn logs, without any plastering, sometimes without any ﬂ:oor, and always without fire. In the coldest season of the year, the minister had to preach and the people to bear, with their overcoats buttoned up to their chin, and seldom was the sermon less than an hour and a half, and often much longer. Instead of the cushioned pews of these days, slab-stools without any support to the back, and sometimes not even these, were the only sitting accommodations. In one instance, of which we have been informed, the congregation sat usually upon the sleepers on which the ﬂ:oor was afterwards laid, with their feet dangling to the ground. Our modern congregations with their expensive churches, luxuriously cushioned pews, multiplied heaters, and half-hour sermons, could they be transported back to those primitive times, might sooner renounce their faith in the gospel than submit to so much self-denial in the profession of it. But to those hardy gospel-loving people, a hardy God-fearing race of ministers preached, who expected to endure hardness as good soldiers of Jesus Christ.
Let their ashes rest in peace, till they rise in glory in the general resur rection morn.
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