Cooley, Timothy Mather; Sprague, William B. [introduction]. Sketches of the Life and Character of the Rev. Lemuel Haynes, A.M., for many years Pastor of a Church in Rutland, Vt., and late in Granville, New-York; With some Introductory Remarks by William B. Sprague, D. D. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1837. First Edition.
Faded and soiled cloth, light fraying at the top of the spine & at corner tips, 4 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches, structurally sound but with poor eye appeal. No internal institutional markings, yet one can see that a spine label and bookplate have been removed; large round ink blotch where bookplate was removed. Recent former owner's signature on the ffep. Engraved portrait of Haynes with facsimile signature and tissue-guard. 245 pp., foxing. Sprague's introduction is pp. xiii. - xxv. Fair. Hardcover. 
No. 1246 in Roberts, Revival Literature: An Annotated Bibliography. "Chapter six is on revivals."
Lemuel Haynes (1753-1833), Negro Congregational clergyman, b. West Hartford, Connecticut, to a Caucasian mother and Negro father. He was an indentured servant in Granville, Mass., who took him to church, and he became a Christian. When his term of servitude ended in 1774, he joined the minutemen of Granville, and in 1775 marched with them to Roxbury, Mass., on the news of the battles at Lexington and Concord. His unit was also involved with the garrisoning of Fort Ticonderoga. After the Revolution Haynes wrote against slavery on the principles contained in the Declaration of Independence and in the Bible. Sprague says it was a common saying that "Lemuel Haynes got his education in the chimney-corner." He became a convinced Calvinist, was ordained in November of 1785, and entered the Congregational ministry.
Haynes was the first Negro in America to serve as the pastor of a white congregation, and was for 30 years pastor of Rutland's West Parish. In 1804 Middlebury College granted him an honorary M.A., the first advanced degree bestowed upon an African American. The book offered for sale here, Sketches of the Life and Character, is largly made up of Haynes' own writings.