July 24: William James (1845)

When the new Epiphany congregation was founded, eleven male attendees subscribed an amount of money for the support of a clergy person. William James pledged $20. His annual salary as a clerk in the office of Register of the Treasury was $1400. He had served as superintendent of St. John’s Sunday School and subsequently as a vestry member at Trinity. When Epiphany was formally organized in August 1842, William James was elected as one of the new congregation’s first wardens.

Following his death on July 24, 1845, warden William James was buried from Epiphany Church. His fellow vestry members remembered him with the following resolutions:

“Resolved, That the members of this body learn with sincere sorrow of the death of Mr. William James, Senior Warden of this church.

Resolved, That while we submit in resignation to this afflicting dispensation of Providence, we yet rejoice that he departed in the full hope of eternal blessedness through the merits of that Redeemer whom he had served through life and by whom he was signally controlled in death.

Resolved, That we render thanks for the blessings of Divine Grace bestowed on our departed friend and associate, exhibited as they were in a blameless Christian character, in the virtues of a holy life, and in the faithful discharge of his relative duties as a Son, Husband, a Father, a Friend, and a Citizen.

Resolved, That we tender to his afflicted family and friends, the assurance of our deep sympathy with them, in a bereavement, which reaching also this body calls on us together with them, to look for consolation from above.

Resolved, That as a body we will attend the funeral, and wear crape on the left arm for thirty days.”

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