1843 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Daniel Huntington

Charles W. Everest, in Poets of Connecticut (1843) 163.



The Rev. DANIEL HUNTINGTON was born at Norwich, on the 17th of October, 1788. His father was Gen. JEDIDIAH HUNTINGTON, a Brigadier General of the Revolutionary army, and the last survivor of that rank, a man of the highest respectability of character, and of distinguished piety. His mother was ELIZABETH MOORE, a sister of the late venerable Bishop MOORE, of Virginia. While the subject of our sketch was yet quite young, Gen. HUNTINGTON removed to the city of New London, where he held for many years, and until his death, the office of Collector of the Port, and where his son passed the majority of his boyish days.

Mr. HUNTlNGTON was fitted for college at Colchester, under Preceptor ADAMS, subsequently Principal of Philips' Academy, of Andover. He entered Brown University, but completed his course at Yale College, where he was graduated in 1807. Soon afterward he commenced the study of theology, which he pursued principally with the Rev. Dr. BENEDICT, of Plainfield, and was for a short time at the Andover Theological Seminary.

In October, 1812, Mr. HUNTINGTON was ordained pastor of the Congregational Church in North Bridgewater, in Massachusetts, where he resided for many years. His health failing, in 1833, he resigned his parochial cure, returned to New London, and for several years was engaged as teacher of a school for young ladies. Having regained his health, he accepted an invitation to the charge of a portion of his old congregation which had formed itself into a distinct society, as the Second Congregational Church in North Bridgewater, where he still sustains the pastoral office.

In 1830, Mr. HUNTINGTON published at Boston a small volume containing Religion, a poem, delivered before The United Brothers' Society in Brown University, August 31, 1819, and The Triumphs of Faith, a poem, delivered before The Porter Rhetorical Society in the Theological Seminary of Andover, September 21, 1830. Both poems are composed in the difficult measure of SPENSER, and we believe they are the only published proofs which their author has given of his poetical talents. They are characterized by great refinement of taste, elegance of structure, and purity of sentiment.