Samuel Finley – The Madness of Mankind – Jun 1754

Samuel Finley was the 5th president of the College of New Jersey which became Princeton U. In the early 1800’s there was an amazing Bible tract published by the American Tract Society called, Death Bed of a Free Thinker – the horrible death of Francis Newport (died 1623) This book is no longer available as a free pdf, but it can be found alongside of the death bed of Samuel Finley. It was titled “The Death Bed of a Free-Thinker and the Death Bed of a Christian contrasted. The story of Finley’s death is detailed in chapter 19 of A. Alexander’s Thought on Religious Experience. Death Bed of the Believer. Finley said, ” Although I have as earnestly desired death, as the hireling pants for the evening shade, yet will I wait all the days of my appointed time. I have often struggled with principalities and powers, and have been brought to the borders of despair. Lord, let it suffice.” Finley preached the funeral sermon for Samuel Davies.

The Madness of Mankind