GRIFFIN, Edmund D., a distinguished writer. In 1823 at the age of eighteen he was graduated at Columbia college with the highest honors of his class. After prosecuting the study of law about two months, he determined to prepare for the ministry, and entered on his studies in the seminary of the episcopal church. In August 1820 he was admitted to deacon's orders, and soon became an assistant preacher in the church in Hamilton square, New York, and also associate with Dr. Lyell. In the hope of promoting his ultimate usefulness he visited Europe in 1828. He returned to New York in 1830. Being immediately invited, in the absence of the professor, to deliver in the college a course of lectures on the history of literature, he perform ed this service in May and June. The lectures which are published related to Roman and Italian, and English literature, and are " a noble monument of promptitude, diligence and knowledge." He died Sept. 1st. 1830, aged 26. Two volumes of hk works have been published with the title, Remains of Rev. Edmund D. Griffin, compiled by Francis Griffin; with a biographical memoir of the deceased, by John McVickar, D.D., 2 vols. 8vo. 1831. Among the pieces in his remains are his lectures and a journal of his travels.
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