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He wore a gown during the ceremony of marriage; and generally
was a man of snperior talent as a preacher of the gospel, and
was much beloved by his congregation. He did not remain
long with the congregation, but left for the east.
The successor to this man was the " Old Man Eloquent," the
Rev. Leven Gross, than whom there was not a more polished
and eloquent minister west of the mountains. He was choice
in his language, precise in his diction, and his pronunciation
was almost faultless. There was no man who filled the pulpit
with more dignity than Father Gross. He was loved by all
who knew him in this city and wherever he went. He was the
elder of Brownsville, Pa., circuit, where I embraced religion on
February 14th, 1856. The sermon was preached by Rev. Jere¬
miah Lewis, now pastor of Brown Chapel in this city.
During the administration of Elder Gross in this city, the
corner stone of old Allen Chapel was laid by Rev. John M.
Brown. He has often told me of the ceremony, and how it was
conducted. He often informed me of the pleasant time he had
while pastor of this congregation. He was then boarding at my
house in Pennsylvania, and I had no thoughts that I would be
one of his successors, or have the pleasure of recalling his
expressions of satisfaction. He left a lasting impression here,
and as long as we remember the Allen Chapel we must remem¬
ber who was the pastor when the corner stone was laid. Elder
Gross lived to a good old age, and died in great peace in the
bosom of his family, in Alleghany City, Pa.
Thomas Lawrence succeeded Father Gross. The chapel was
unfinished; the people met in the basement, but wanted to get
up stairs, so the trustees impowered Elder Lawrence to collect
money for them. He went to Pittsburg, and called on the Rev.
Charles Avery, a noble philanthropist, and laid the case before
him. He went to his desk and wrote a check for $1500. You
may imagine the joy of the elder when he looked and found what
the amount was. He returned home with the good news, and
told his congregation what he had for them. They shouted,
they thanked God, and blessed Charles Avery This gift en¬
couraged all hearts, and from the time the gift was received
things began to look up. The trustees then went to work to