Rayner, Rev. Menzies. (South Hampstead, New York, November 23, 1770--November 22, 1850, New York, N.Y.). He entered the ministry of the Protestant Episcopal Church and served as rector of parishes in Elizabethtown, New Jersey and in Huntington and New Hartford, Connecticut. In middle life he transferred his membership to the Universalist denomination and held pastorates in Hartford, Conn.; Portland, Maine; and Schenectady, N.Y. While in Hartford he edited a periodical called The Inquirer, and in Portland another called The Christian Pilot. His hymn beginning "Hail, Source of light, of life and love" is included in Church Harmonies: New and Old, 1895.
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