Davis, Cornelius. Evangelical Recorder, Vol. II. 1819. Auburn [NY], future Burned-Over District
Davis, Cornelius. Evangelical Recorder, Vol. II. 1819. Auburn [NY], future Burned-Over District
Davis, Cornelius. Evangelical Recorder, Vol. II. 1819. Auburn [NY], future Burned-Over District
Davis, Cornelius. Evangelical Recorder, Vol. II. 1819. Auburn [NY], future Burned-Over District
Davis, Cornelius. Evangelical Recorder, Vol. II. 1819. Auburn [NY], future Burned-Over District
Davis, Cornelius. Evangelical Recorder, Vol. II. 1819. Auburn [NY], future Burned-Over District

Davis, Cornelius. Evangelical Recorder, Vol. II. 1819. Auburn [NY], future Burned-Over District

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Davis, Cornelius. Evangelical Recorder, Vol. II. 1819. Auburn [NY]: Cornelius Davis, 1819. First Edition. This volume has the issues from June 5, 1819 to September 8, 1821. The are nos. 27 to 52 of the series, yet begin with page 1 and end page 208, the last being the index. Each 8-page issue was published on a Saturday. The intent of the publisher was to issue one every two weeks, but a lack of funds made their appearance more irregular (see p. 144). We believe the publisher kept up a continuous run of numbers, but divided each volume into six month portions, starting the numerical sequence of pages again.

Quarter leather with marbled boards, faint ink outline of title on spine. 6 x 9 1/4 inches, 208 pp. with end papers made up of duplicate issues. Recent former owner's signature on front paste-down. Generally clean with some foxing, tight, printed in double columns. Very good.  [4201] 

A valuable view of the religious atmosphere of what in a few short years would be the scene of Charles Grandison Finney's revivalist movement, later known as the "Burned-Over District." Brief notices of revivals of religion are recorded, though sometimes just by naming the towns and in other places a few paragraphs of description are added. There is a two-page report on the State of Religion in the Synod of Geneva, dated October 20, 1820, with the condition of individual churches (some of which experienced revivals) are noted, as well as the condition of the other Presbyteries of New York.

The volume has doctrinal matter and discussions in defence of Calvinism, reports from missions both foreign and to American Indians, letters between a Methodist and a Calvinist, Sketch of the Character of the Rev. Samuel Spring, Report on the beginning of the Auburn Seminary, &c. The book reproduces articles it agrees with from other publications, but there is quite a bit of original material here on western New York missions, the Senecas and other Indian tribes, reports from churches, &c.

"Cornelius Davis (1760-1831) was a bookseller and publisher. He also edited theological pamphlets and periodicals, including the New York Theological Magazine [1796-1799]." - New York Society Library website. We also find Mr. Davis published The New-York Missionary Magazine (1800-1803), The Utica Christian Magazine (1813-1816), and the Evangelical Recorder at Auburn, NY (1818-1821) . We find him listed as a "bookseller and stationer" on Water-Street in New York City in the year 1800. It is likely that his own theological opinions were Calvinist, in that we see many Calvinistic writers in the periodicals that he edited. He had printed and sold John Gillies' Memoir of the life of the Rev. George Whitefield, in 1798, as well as sermons by John M. Mason, Andrew Fuller, Eliphalet Gillet, and Jedidiah Morse. He was also listed in the imprint as one of the sellers of Wilberforce's Practical View, printed in Boston by Manning & Loring in 1799.