Boston: Printed and Sold by Rogers & Fowle Next to the Prison in Queen-Street, 1743. 215pp., final page misnumbered 115. 12mo. Contemporary sheep, blind ruled. Hinges cracked, but holding; boards scuffed. Contemporary ownership inscription on front free endpaper and shelf label on spine. Light wear to edges of text block; some tanning and light dust soiling. Good plus. Item #1784
A rare colonial American imprint comprising the collected thoughts on conversion and faith of John Campbell, a founder and the first pastor of the First Congregational Church in Oxford, Massachusetts. Campbell was born in the Western Islands of Scotland, probably Skye or Lewis, in 1681, and was educated at the University of Edinburgh, before emigrating to Massachusetts in 1717. It is likely that he was a political refugee, fleeing proscription for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715. The Congregational Church in Oxford, south of Worcester, was founded in 1721, and Campbell served as its pastor thence until his death in 1761. The precepts contained in this volume were collected from several discourses by Campbell in 1741 and 1742, nominally centered around Romans 5:5, but in fact constituting a wide-ranging discussion of faith and doctrine for his rural Massachusetts parishioners and a significant distillation of Congregational thought in New England during the First Great Awakening.
ESTC locates copies at AAS (two copies), the National Library of Scotland, Duke, Harvard, the John Carter Brown Library, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Newberry Library, and Trinity College. Also rare on the market, with the present copy being one of just three to appear in archived sales records since the Harmsworth sale in 1949.
ESTC W14449. Evans 5149.