“That faithful witness received the shock unshaken. I never saw the least symptoms of displeasure in his countenance the whole week, but he appeared like a man of God, who happiness was out of the reach of his enemies, and whose treasure was not only a future but a present good, overbalancing all imaginable ills of life, even to the astonishment of many, who could not be at rest without his dismission.”
–Reverend David Hall, as quoted in Ola Winslow, Jonathan Edwards, 1703-1758: A Biography (New York: Macmillan, 1940), 256. Cited in Ian Murray, Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1987), 327. On June 22, 1750, Jonathan Edwards was fired after serving over two decades as the pastor of the church in Northampton, Massachusetts. Reverend Hall participated in the proceedings and recorded in his diary the way Edwards responded to the news of his dismissal.