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Born in Groton Conn Samuel Seabury was the son of the Reverend Samuel Seabury Sr His Father was a pioneer of New England Anglicanism who followed the example of Samuel Johnson Samuel Jrbroke away from the Congregationalists and pursued Anglican ordination He graduated from Yale in 1744 and received his BA in 1748 He married Abigail Mumford and went abroad in 1784 to obtain consecration as an Anglican Priest On December 23 1753 Samuel Seabury was ordained a deacon and two days later a priest of the Anglican Church He was licensed by the church to preach in New Jersey He preached in various places but none suited his fancy A preacher in Westchester was charged with drunkenness and sexual assault which opened up the preaching position Samuel filled the position and preached in an uneventful ministry He also ran a school in Westchester As the tensions between Britain and the colonies grew stronger Samuel stayed loyal to the crown He viewed the American government as very primitive and dependent on the British government When talk of the First Continental Congress arose he began to voice his opinion He tried to stop the election of the delegates by writing various pamphlets His attempt proved futile and the delegates were elected and met together on that fateful day in Philadelphia when a new nation was envisioned Now Samuel began to take more courageous steps in preventing the breaking away of the colonies He wrote Westchester Farmer a compilation of five essays reasoning why the colonies should stay with the English The five essays were Free Thoughts on the Proceedings of the Congress The Congress Canvassed Free Thoughts in the Full Vindication of the Congress A View of Controversy The Republican Dissected Some of the writings were directed towards New Yorkers and local farmers He begged the New York legislature to reject the laws of the enthusiastic republicans and was quoted as saying
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