Benjamin Colman


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(1673–1747), minister of the Brattle Street Church in Boston (1699–1747) and prominent among liberal Congregationalists, was active in civil and religious affairs, and a minor leader in the Great Awakening. Most of his more than 90 books are sermons, and these include God Deals with Us as Rational Creatures (1723), The Government and Improvement of Mirth (1707), and Discourses upon the Parable of the Ten Virgins, as well as works concerned with his defense of inoculation. His poetry included Elijah's Translation (1707), a neoclassical work on the death of the Rev. Samuel Willard. He is the subject of a biography by Ebenezer Turell (1749), who married Colman's daughter, Jane Colman Turrell.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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