Rayner, Menzies. Six Lectures on Revivals of Religion, delivered in the Universalist Church in Portland, 1834. Portland: Menzies Rayner, Jr., 1834. First Edition.
Cloth spine, blue paper over boards, original paper title label on front cover, 4 x 6, 126 clean pp. Bookplate & withdrawn stamp of Tufts College with 1861 donation date, recent former owner's signature on ffep. Surface crack to cloth at front outer joint, yet board firmly secure. Good. Hardcover.  $75.00
Roberts 4464. Rev. Menzies Rayner (1770-1850), a native of South Hampstead, NY; minister of the Protestant Episcopal Church who in later life became a minister for the Universalist one. In this book Rayner, while supporting evangelism in general, questions revivalism on the basis of the unreasonableness of the Spirit of God responding to religious antics and excitement, while passing by the churches inclined to sobriety and faithfulness. He also laments that revivals pass, and the morals of the "converted" are not improved. He also exposes the "clerical begging" which puts pressure on church members to give money in support of revivals while not paying their debts due to men.