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Marshall Duncan

1783 , Stokes, North Carolina, USA
1858 Salisbury, Sangamon, Illinois, USA

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James Duncan
1755 – 1840
Avey (Avarilla) Shelton
1755 – 1834

Rice Duncan
5 Mar 1781 – 7 Oct 1863
Sarah Duncan
1784 –
John Duncan
1787 – 1863
James Duncan
1792 – 1869
Avey Duncan
1794 –
George Duncan
1805 –
William Duncan
1807 –

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Memoir of the Rev. Henry Duncan, D.D., Minister of Ruthwell - Page 216


MEMOIR OF HENRY DUNCAN, D.D. the aid of the civil authorities, in a combined system of ope rationsnor until a vigorous correspondence on the subject with the gentlemen of the neighboring Stewartry, through John H. Maxwell, Esq., their convener, had also, to his great disappointment, ended in nothing. But we must return from these abortive, though engross ing efforts, to the narrative of more successful exertions. From the time when the publication of his letters to Lord Melbourne drew attention to the Call, not only as possessing the valuable features of a check, but as capable of being ad** ministered by the Church in the specific form of a whole some Veto on an arbitrary exercise of patronage, the subject was generally discussed and canvassed, both in private cir cles and in the inferior courts of the Church ; so that when, at an after period, the Assembly found it necessary to take a step in legislation, the Church was well prepared for the enactment of a measure which had been long contemplated and maturely weighed. In preparing the way for this very important measure, Dr. Duncan had not failed to improve his advantages. An opr portunity of expressing his principles and views, in the quar ter where it was most important that no misunderstanding should exist, was aflferded him in October 1832 , …

Memoir of the Rev. Henry Duncan - Page 47


20 MEMOIR OF HENRY DUNCAN, D.D. questioning too narrowly whether he had received a faithful tale of what they had gathered, and rejoicing that his loss was not greater than he could easily supply. On another occasion he found himself heavily laden with bank gold at the ferry at Birkenhead. The sun was down, and the night tide only quarter full. The usual ferry boats had ceased to ply for the day, and it was necessary to hire one for his own accommodation. Carrying the saddlebags, in which his money had been again stowed, over his arm, he proceeded across the soft and slippery beach to the point where he must embark, but soon found to his annoyance that he was not to be the only passenger. A rough-looking man of powerful proportions joined him on the shore, who accosted him familiarly, entered the boat with him uninvited, and took a seat. Had it not been for the lateness of the hour and the value of his charge, this might not have disturbed him; but the man had a sinister aspect, and the state of the tide made it necessary to land two miles above the town, at a spot made desolate by the vapours of a chemical work, which had banished to a distance the abodes of men. The boat drew to land. The intruder leapt ashore; and Henry, shouldering his.heavy baggage, paid his fare and also landed. The two walked to gether towards the town for a few hundred yards, when with great apparent politeness his companion remarked, that the load seemed heavy, and he would be glad to relieve him of it for …

Life Story of R. S. Duncan - Page 152


148 LIFE STORY OF R. S. DUNCAN. and the Psalmist: Restore unto us the joy of thy salvation. Say not, I beseech you: We are going to hold a revival meeting/ but rather say, a meeting seeking a revival. Lack of salary was a drawback at Sulphur Lick also. The pastor had to work hard and had little time for preparation and study. I have had them say to me: You pastors spend two week days each month in our service, one to come and go, the other to preach on Saturday. This is one more day than I spend at church-meeting on Saturday. We pay you $3 for that one day. We do not pay you for Sunday work, and you ought not to charge for Sun- day. Reader, what think you of this argument? It makes no provision for a preachers rest-day, who toils hard on Sunday, nor for two days for preparation. The truth is, the old-time country pas- tor spent five days a week with each church, two for study, one to go and come, and two to preach Saturday and Sunday. If the salary was $35, as they often used to be, the pastor got $3 for five days work, or $35 for sixty days work. This is a fair statement of the case and is based on facts familiar to me in those early days. Prejudice against preachers salaries grew up under the anti-missionary controversy; and it was in that period I entered the pastoral life, and be- came …

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