The Journals & Notebook of
 Nathan Bangs 1805-1806, 1817


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Editorial Annotations

Jacques Saurin (1677-1730) was widely regarded for his eloquence in the pulpit. Born in France to protestant parents, he was ordained a Catholic priest before converting to the protestant (and Calvinistic) Reformed Church of France. His sermons were translated into English and printed widely in the United States throughout the early-nineteenth century.


Saturday March 1st 1806

I have had some severe conflicts of late, but the Lord hath stood by me in mercy. a few evenings agone a sudden temptation caught hold of me. I resisted by prayer and supplication. I felt peace within but my mind seemed to be like the wind tossed to and fro God in mercy gave me the victory blessed be his Name forever.

I have just returned from a tour of the Bay Quintie, and have reason to praise God for the refreshing season I had with my brethren there, but some conversation which I heard wounded my soul. What a pity it is that men of sense should spend any of their time in unnecessary chat.

I am now amusing myself in reading Mr James Saurin's Sermons [Jacques Saurin (1677-1730)] which appear to be a masterly performance. His ingenuity was certain[l]y great, his ideas noble and sublime but some of his sentiments are calvnistic. May God help me to make a good use of all I learn through Jesus Christ.

5 February 1806


7 March 1806

Primary Sources

David Smyth "Map of the Province of Upper Canada 1813" Detail showing region of Bay of Quinte circuit



calvinistic: Doctrines that find their origin in the teaching of John Calvin (1509-1564) and that are characterized chiefly by the belief that some are predestined by God for salvation while others are not (and can do nothing to achieve salvation as a result). John Wesley rejected Calvinism in favour of the belief that salvation was open to all who might wish it according to the teachings of Jacob Arminius (1560-1609). Calvinism was popular in early-nineteenth century America, particularly in the New England states, and Methodist itinerants spent a great deal of time arguing against its teachings.

Edited by Scott McLaren
Book History Practicum
University of Toronto