Biographical Sketch of Jonathan Cutting
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JONATHAN CUTTING, Son of Jonathan Cutting, early in life removed to Newport where he was extensively engaged in town business, and was an active and worthy deacon in the Baptist church. He was a man of “infinite jest.” I will relate only one of the many anecdotes told of him. Once laboring for a man whose love of gain required his hands to be up, eat breakfast, and be miles away to the woods with an ox team before light, he wished to give him a gentle reminder that he was asking too much-which was done in this wise: When asked to pray one morning, he commenced thus: “We thank thee, 0 Lord, that thou hast brought us in safety thus far through the night, and if in thy providence we are permitted to see the light of another day, may we go forth to its duties with a cheerful heart and in thy fear,” &c. The next morning he was permitted to eat his breakfast by daylight.