Title George Leon Walker Biography Congregational Minister First Church Hartford CT HB
Book Condition Used: Good
Edition First Edition
Size Standard Hardcover
Publisher Hartford : Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co. 1900-01-01
Seller ID 121211004
This hardcover book was published in 1900 by the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company with 290 pages including frontispiece. Top page edges are gilt. The text is unmarked. The binding is sound though the front hinge is cracking at the title page which has caused the spine to slightly tilt. No dust jacket. The page edges are toned. The spine panel is lightly sunned with some damp spotting. The cover has four soil spots on it. The corners are bumped. (Excerpt fom pages 17-18) An Editorial published in The Congregationalist of March 22, 1900....Probably the impression which Dr. Walker made upon most people at first was that of positiveness of character. No one could talk with him two minutes without comprehending that he had definite convictions and was accustomed to assert them frankly. He had the gift of clearness also. Knowing exactly what he believed, he uttered himself so lucidly that no one continued in doubt unless he meant to leave uncertainty, and then no doubt of that fact remained. He also seemed to be, and was, intensely in earnest. To him life, duty, and influence were serious things, responsibility for which, although not an oppressive burden, none the less was never to be forgotten or disregarded......These characteristics, when they accompany such signal, and in some respects unusual, natural ability as his, inevitably render their possessor a leader among men, and this he was conspicuously. Although remarkably free from the spirit of self-seeking, he accepted readily such responsibilities as naturally fell to him, and his sagacity and efficiency were so fruitful that his services to the church and the world, great and valuable although they were, doubtless would have been multiplied largely had not his physical frailty prohibited. Indeed, it is surprising that one, much of whose life was a prolonged fight for health, should have left such a record of important and diversified service......No one should think of Dr. Walker, however, as lacking the more winning qualities. He could be sharp and severe. He was not to be provoked with impunity. Yet he was as tender and gentle as he was fearless and outspoken. He won love as easily as respect. Although his lack of robustness limited him more than most men to domestic enjoyments, there were few more companionable men, few who contributed more to the genuine, appropriate pleasure of any social occasion which he could attend. In this as in everything else he had a high ideal, and for that very reason he leaves a more precious memory. He was notably considerate and helpful towards the young, especially young ministers, to whom a few words out of his long experience always gave courage, and rarely failed to add illumination......In his successive pastorates he won reputation as among the freshest, most forcible, and successful of preachers. In the wider field of denominational work he was a conceded leader.' He was concerned prominently in the leading controversies of our last twenty years, but with no impairment of his repute for wisdom, fairness, or kindliness. As a historical scholar and author he also made an honorable name. Although he has been withdrawn from active life for several years, lingering in the twilight of life until his earthly sun should set, he has not been, nor will he be, forgotten. A great and good, an honored and beloved leader has been called away from us.