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Marmaduke Earle, the second subject in our next book - A Noble Company, volume 7

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Marmaduke Earle (1769-1856) was a member of the Reformed Dutch Church when he became a Baptist in 1789. Graduating from Columbia College, New York, the following year, he would serve most of his long ministerial life, or over fifty years, as pastor of the Baptist church at Oyster Bay, Long Island. In additional to his pastoral work, Earle taught school at a local academy for over four decades. He was perhaps the most notable Baptist figure on Long Island in his day. In assessing the mature ministry of Marmaduke Earle at Oyster Bay, Charles S. Wightman, later pastor of the church, wrote, “His life seems to have been without reproach and he was universally esteemed. His views of truth were clear and strong, and his method of presenting them was pleasing and forcible. He delighted in quiet meditation; was exceedingly meek, and studied to promote peace in all the relations of life. He was tall and dignified in his bearing, enjoying the blessing of a sound constitution, which enabled him easily to bear the pressure of his arduous duties.”