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Elder John Leland

     [John Leland's] most productive years were during the revival period of 1787-89. During these years he baptized some four hundred people, three hundred of them in one year. At the close of his life, he had baptized over fifteen hundred people, preached over eight thousand sermons and covered some 70,000 miles on horseback. - Albert L. Vail, The Morning Hour of American Baptist Missions, 1907, p. 34.

     In politics he was a Democrat of the Jeffersonian school, a hater of all oppression, whether civil or ecclesiastical. His warmest sympathies went out to his Baptist brethren in their efforts to secure a complete divorce of the Church from the State. Everywhere he pleaded with all the energy of his soul for civil and religious liberty, and he had the satisfaction of seeing it at last come out of the conflict victorious over all foes. Among the class of ministers whom God raised up during the last century to do the special work which it was given the Baptist denomination to perform, John Leland occupies a conspicuous place. We doubt if his equal will ever be seen again. - The Baptist Encyclopedia

     Leland’s self-written Epitaph: "Here lies the body of John Leland, who labored 67 years to promote piety and vindicate the civil and religious rights of all men." [The number was inserted at his death.]

John Leland Marker
Baptist Religious-Freedom Advocate

John Leland
Colonial Baptist Minister
Annals of the American Pulpit: Baptist, 1860

Elder John Leland
The Baptist Encyclopedia, 1881

Early Virginia Baptist History
By Elder John Leland
The Writings of the Late Elder John Leland

John Leland on The Bible
By R. L. Vaughn

Circular Letter of Shaftsbury Baptist Association
By Elder John Leland, 1793

Corresponding Letter from the Shaftsbury Baptist Association
By Elder John Leland, 1796

Syllabus of a Sermon by Elder John Leland
Preached in Philadelphia in 1814
The Baptist Memorial and Monthly Chronicle, 1842

John Leland's Hymns
By Henry S. Burrage, 1888

John Leland, The Aged American Preacher
The Baptist Reporter, 1843
A British Magazine

Extracts of A Letter from John Leland
to Rev. John Taylor of Kentucky, 1830

A Letter from John Leland to Stephen H. Cone, Pastor
First Baptist Church, New York City

Previously Unpublished
The Baptist Memorial, 1842

Life and Character of the Rev. Peter Werden
By John Leland

The Writings of the Late Elder John Leland
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John Leland Baptist College

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