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LYMAN ABBOTT.

ABBOTT, LYMAN, an American Congregational clergyman, reli. gious writer, and journalist, son of Jacob Abbott, was born at Roxbury, Mass., December 18, 1835. He graduated at the Uni. versity of the City of New York in 1833; studied law with his elder brothers, Benjamin and Austin Abbott, who in conjunction with him wrote two clever novels, “Cone-Cut Corners” and “Matthew Caraby," which were published under the nom de plume of “Benauly,” made up of the initial syllable of the names of each of the writers. He subsequently studied theology under his uncle, John S. C. Abbott, and was pastor of Congregational churches in various parts of the country. About 1869 he began to devote himself especially to literature, in editorial connection with a number of periodicals, although he continued to preach not unfrequently. In 1876 he became associate editor of the “Christian Union” (changed to the “Outlook” in 1893), and in 1881 its editor-in-chief. On the death of Henry Ward Beecher he was requested to take charge temporarily of Plymouth Church, and in 1888 was installed as its permanent pastor. He has also written many separate works, among which are : “ The Results of Emancipation in the United States;” “Old Testament Shadows of New Testament Truths ;” "Jesus of Nazareth: His Life and Teachings;" and a "Dictionary of Religious Knowledge." His later works are: “An Illustrated Commentary on the New Testament;” “ Life of Henry Ward Beecher;” “In Aid of Faith ;” a commentary on “The Epistle of Paul to the Romans;” “Signs of Promise;" “The Evolution of Christianity ;” “Christianity and Social Problems."

THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CITIES OF THE PLAIN.

(From "Old Testament Shadows.") The story of Sodom and Gomorrah epitomizes the Gospel. Every act in the great, the awful drama of life is here fore

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