David Brainerd


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(1718–47), Calvinist missionary to the Indians in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. His mystical experiences, teachings, travels, and methods of work are described in his diary, which was partially published during his lifetime as Mirabilia Dei Inter Indicos (1746) and Divine Grace Displayed (1746). Jonathan Edwards, to whose daughter Brainerd was engaged, published the complete journal in An Account of the Life of the Late Reverend Mr. David Brainerd (1749).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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