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Nutter, Rev. Charles S. Historic Hymnists, A Portrait Gallery of Great Hymn Writers. Boston: The Author, 1893. 1st . Blue cloth hardcover, 8 x 10, 208 clean pp., tight, with many portrait illustrations. 1964 signature in ink on the front free end paper. Good. Hardcover.  $75.00
Fifty brief biographies and portraits of famous Christian hymnwriters, with selections from their hymns. Included are Richard Baxter, George W. Bethune, Horatius Bonar, William Cowper, Philip Doddridge, Timothy Dwight, Madame Guyon, John Keble, Martin Luther, John Newton, Ray Palmer, Elizabeth Prentiss, Augustus Toplady, Isaac Watts, Charles Wesley, and others. There is an “index of first lines” included as well.
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Boardman, W. E. Faith Work under Dr. Cullis, in Boston. Boston: Willard Tract Repository, 1880. Good cloth hardcover, ends rubbed, old light stain on the spine. 5 1/4 x 7 3/4, 296 clean pp., tight. Institutional blindstamp on the title page, no other library markings. Good. Hardcover.  $75.00
Frontispiece of the Consumptive’s Home, Grove Hall, Boston Highlands.
Dr. Charles Cullis (1833-1892), b. in Cambridge, MA, in an Episcopalian family. Sickly as a child, Cullis studied medicine while fighting depression. After the death of his wife from consumption his depression increased until he fell under the influence of Phoebe Palmer and her Tuesday Meetings for the Promotion of Holiness. Dr. Cullis experienced an evangelical conversion, and devoted his life to medical missionary work in Boston, establishing several hospitals for the poor, as well as an orphanage, a mission, a chapel, and a Faith Training College. He also founded The Willard Tract Repository for distributing tracts and Christian books. Dr. Cullis operated on the “faith ministry” basis, trusting God to supply the needs of the various ministries. He was prominent both as a Christian and as a medical doctor, publishing the yearly Consumptives Home Report, and serving on the board of the Massachusetts Homeopathic Medical Society, and was involved with the medical college that became Boston University School of Medicine. – condensed from “The Man Who Believed God,” by Healing and Revival Press.
Townsend, 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.  $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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