Henry F. Delany, after amassing considerable property at the
practice of law, professed religion, and devoted himself to the
ministry. He was a man of great earnestness and power in the pulpit.
He delivered the first address on the subject of Temperance that
the writer ever heard. It was not a set address, but seemed
rather a spontaneous talk, delivered in one of the judicatures
of the church. It was brief but expressive, and good seed was
sown. Mr. Delany died near Morganfield, in 1831 or 1832.
[Source: History of Kentucky. By Lewis Collins. Vol. 1, 1976, page 435]
Henry F. Delaney, also a Kentuckian, was a man of no small
ability. He had been a very successful lawyer for many years,
and was surpassed by few in the part of Kentucky in which he practiced.
After he turned his attention to the ministry all his powers were
devoted to that nobler work. He would hold an audience spell-bound,
overwhelmed with feeling; and seldom failed by the influence which
accompanied his sermon to bring crowds of anxious inquirers to
the altar of prayer. And short as was his ministerial race, I
doubt not that in the day of eternity many stars will be found
in his crown of rejoicing.
[Source: Cumberland Presbyteriansim in Southern Indiana. Compiled and arranged by Rev. W. J. Darby and Rev. J. E. Jenkins. Published by Indiana Presbytery, 1876, page 74]