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All This and Sailing, Too: An Autobiography


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Stephen Olin was born in the town of Leicester, Addison County, of Vermont, on the 2d of March, 1797. His father, Judge Olin, was a man of great respectability, and filled for a length of , the of Lieutenant Governor of the of Vermont. Stephen, at a very age, manifested a love for , and after having undergone the requisite in the district school of his native town, he was in due initiated into the higher grade of schools, so plentifully found in his native ; and after having completed his academic course of , he entered Middlebury , which is located but a few miles from the of his birth. His room-mate, and confidential friend during his stay at , was Mr., now Hon. Myron Lawrence, of Massachusetts. These young were competitors for the highest graduating honors, and so equally balanced were each of their claims, that the faculty of the institution had the matter under deliberation for two weeks, after having disposed of the other appointments to the ; and in the final arrangement of , both were allowed to share in the laurels. The valedictory, however, was given to Olin, but being confined to his room by sickness, Mr. Lawrence had the honor of its delivery. The President of the , however, was free to acknowledge, that Olin displayed the greatest amount of talent of any young man who had ever passed before him in examination.

One morning, he went out to a in the vicinity of the academy, and kneeling down before his Maker and Judge, he sought his favor, he sued for pardon, he invoked the blessing of a clean ; and in answer to the prayer of faith that would take no denial, soon he found peace in believing, and Stephen Olin became a “new creature,” “old things having passed away, and all things having become new.” The surrender of his soul and had been ; his pride of intellect and of had been subdued; his powers were forever consecrated to the of ; and as a result, his sense of the divine favor was , and his conversion convincing to himself and others.

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    Stephen Olin; Theophilus Parsons; Walter Scott; Daniel Webster; Works by Edouart reside in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, London; National Galleries of ...

    Journal article by George Daston, Elaine Faustman, Gary Ginsberg, Penny Fenner-Crisp, Stephen Olin, Babasaheb Sonawane, James Bruckner, William Breslin; Environmental ...