Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Abbey, Richard

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ABBEY, Richard, clergvman, b. in Genesee county, N. Y., 16 Nov., 1805; d. in Yazoo City, Miss., 23 Oct., 1891. In 1825 he removed to Natchez, Miss., and became a minister in the Methodist Episcopal church in 1844, and was identified with the move- ment separating that denomination into its north- ern and southern branches. He published " Let- ters to Bishop Green on Apostolic Succession " and " End of the Apostolic Succession " (1853) ; " Creed of All Men " (1855) ; " Ecclesiastical Con- stitution " (1856) ; " Church and Ministry " (1859) ; " Diuturnitv " (1866) ; " Ecce Ecclesia," an answer to "Ecce Homo "(1868); "The City of God and the Church-Makers " (1872). In 1858 he was elected financial secretary of the Southern Methodist pub- lishing house. His other works include " Bap- tismal Demonstrations." " Divine Assessment," " Strictures on Church Government," and " The Divine Call to the Ministry."