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Life of James Hamilton D.D., F.L.S.
By William Arnot (fourth edition) (1870) (pdf)


James Hamilton FLS (27 November 1814 24 November 1867) was a Scottish minister and a prolific author of religious tracts.

Born in Paisley, Scotland, seven miles west-southwest of Glasgow, Hamilton was the eldest son of William Hamilton, a Church of Scotland minister of Strathblane and religious author of local renown. James Hamilton was therefore destined from an early age to enter the ministry, and to that end he studied at the universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. He enjoyed courses on the natural sciences, particularly chemistry and botany, and contemplated a career in one of those fields.

He became assistant to Robert Smith Candlish at St. George's Church in Edinburgh, in 1838, and upon finishing his college studies, he was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Edinburgh in 1839 and "commenced his clerical life as assistant minister in the small secluded parish of Abernyte, in Perthshire". In January 1841, he was formally ordained as a minister, at Roxburgh Church in south Edinburgh, and in July of that year became pastor of the National Scotch Church, Regent Square, London, where he would remain until his death.[2] In 1849 he became editor of the Presbyterian Messenger, and in 1864 editor of Evangelical Christendom, the organ of the Evangelical Alliance. He was an incessant literary worker and the author of some of the most widely circulated books of his day. His best known works were: Life in Earnest (London, 1845), of which 64,000 copies had been sold before 1852; The Mount of Olives (1846); The Royal Preacher (1851), a homiletical commentary on Ecclesiastes; and Our Christian Classics (4 vols., 185759). Following his death, his collected works were published in London (6 vols., 186973); and his Select Works appeared in New York (4 vols., 1875). In addition to his religious writings, Hamilton continued to have an interest in botany throughout his life, publishing several articles in journals on the subject.

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The Harp on the Willows
Remembering Zion, The Church in the House, The Dew of Heron, and Destination of the Jews by the Rev. James Hamilton of London (1844) (pdf)

Hamilton, James (1869). Memoir and remains of the Rev. James D. Burns, M.A., of Hampstead. London: James Nisbet & Co.

Hamilton, James (1883a). Works of the late Rev. James Hamilton, D.D., F.L.S. Vol. 1. London: James Nisbet & Co.

Hamilton, James (1883b). Works of the late Rev. James Hamilton, D.D., F.L.S. Vol. 2. London: James Nisbet & Co.

Hamilton, James (1883c). Works of the late Rev. James Hamilton, D.D., F.L.S. Vol. 3. London: James Nisbet & Co.

Hamilton, James (1883d). Works of the late Rev. James Hamilton, D.D., F.L.S. Vol. 4. London: James Nisbet & Co.

Hamilton, James (1883e). Works of the late Rev. James Hamilton, D.D., F.L.S. Vol. 5. London: James Nisbet & Co.

Hamilton, James (1883f). Works of the late Rev. James Hamilton, D.D., F.L.S. Vol. 6. London: James Nisbet & Co.


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