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Final days


In November 1746, Brainerd’s struggle with tuberculosis prevented his further ministry. He retired to Jonathan Dickinson’s house in Elizabethtown, and after a few months’ rest moved to Northampton, Massachusetts, to live with Jonathan Edwards, where, in May 1747, he was diagnosed with ‘incurable consumption’, and Edwards’s daughter Jerusha nursed him until his death.

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David Brainerd

David Brainerd was born on April 20, 1718 in Haddam, Connecticut, the son of Hezekiah, a Connecticut legislator, and Dorothy. He had nine siblings, one of whom was Dorothy’s from a previous marriage. He was orphaned at the age of nine, as his father died in 1727 at the age of forty-six and his…

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