1792 Shippie Townsend, The Gospel Considered

img_3882 img_3883 img_3884 img_3885Townsend, Shippie. The Gospel Considered; and the Manner in which it should be Preached; with an Endeavor to shew from the Scriptures, that Election doth not Militate with preaching the Gospel to every Creature: several other objections considered. Boston: For the Author, by Thomas Adams, 1792. 1st . Removed pamphlet, includes the half-title page, the half-title with a 4″ x 1 1/4″ loss at the bottom. Rest of the 21 pages are fine. 1792 dated signature, “Thomas Barrett” at the bottom of the title page. 5 x 8 1/4 inches. Good. Pamphlet.  [970]    $495.00

RARE. OCLC 208300791, with one reported holding of an original printing.

Shippie Townsend (1722-1789), b. at Charlestown, MA; d. in Boston, Ma. Mr. Townsend was a block-maker, a trade learned from his father. He was a member of the Sandemanian sect, holding to the teachings of Robert Sandeman and John Glas, in which an assent to the testimony of the Scriptures is considered to be saving faith. Shippie Townsend wrote several tracts promoting these gospel views, all of which are now scarce. The last recorded sale or auction record for this pamphlet is from a George Brinley Collection catalogue, 1886 (!) Evans 101213.
The signature is also interesting. Thomas Barrett (1759-1846), Sexton of the Firsr Parish Church in Beverly, MA, for 49 years, from 1797 to 1846. He was a clockmaker, and had served for six months as a solder in the Revolutionary War, in 1780. “Townsend was a religious man – kept his Bible in his workshop, as well as in his house. He was a member of the Old South Church in Boston; afterwards became a Sandemanian, and then a Universalist, and was an officer in Murray’s First Universalist Church in Boston. He published some small books for children, and several essays upon theological subjects, which were collected and published in an octavo volume.” – Wainwright, Charles E. Thomas Barrett, Beloved First Parish Sexton.

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