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Chauncey Lee


Chauncey Lee "was a native of Salisbury, and a son of Rev. Jonathan Lee, of that town. He was educated for the bar, and commenced practice in his native town. This he soon relinquished for the clerical calling. Very early he published a Decimal Aritmetic and afterwards a volume of Sermons on various subjects. But his most elaborate work, and the one most esteembed by himself, was a poem entitled 'The Trial of Virtue,' being a paraphase of the book of Job. Dr. Lee was a gentleman of some eccentricies, but a very earned divine and impressive preacher."

Lee graduated from Yale College in 1784 and was admitted to the Bar in 1786. He practiced a few years and then became a minister. He died in Hardwick, New York in 1842.

Dwight C. Kilbourn, The Bench and Bar of Litchfield County, Connecticut 1709-1900: Biographical Sketches of Members [,] History and Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School [,] Historical Notes 32, 262 (Litchfield, Connecticut: Published by the Author, 1909)]

Chauncey Lee
Appletons Encyclopedia


Chauncey Lee, The Trial of Virtue, a Sacred Poem: Being a Paraphrase of the Whole Book of Job, and Designed as an Explanatory Comment upon the Divine Original, Interspersed with Critical Notes upon a variety of its Passages. In Six Parts. To which is annexed, a Dissertation upon the Book of Job (Hartford: Printed by Lincoln and Gleason, 1806)


Chauncey Lee, The American Accomptant: Being a Plain, Practical and Systematic Compendium of federal Arithmetic; in Three Parts (Lansingburgh [New Yorkk]: Printed by William W. Wands, 1797)

___________, Sermons on the Distinguishing Doctrines and Duties of Experimental Religion, and Especially Designed for Revivals (Middletown, Connecticut: E & H Clark, 1824)

___________, Letters from Aristarchus to Philemon (1888)(Kessinger Publishing, 2003)