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License to preach


A group of evangelicals called ‘New Lights’ licensed Brainerd to preach in 1742. In November of that year, he was approved as a missionary to the Natives supported by the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge.

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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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