Dowling, John. Conference Hymns: A New Collection of Hymns, designed especially for Conference and Prayer Meetings, and Family Worship. New York: Edward H. Fletcher, 1853. Thirteenth Thousand. 
Black blindstamped cloth, title in gilt to spine, joints fine, a few nicks at the corner tips & spine ends, 3 x 4 1/2 inches. 304, 15, (1) pp., counted and complete.
Publisher's advert in green ink pasted to the r. pastedown, "Baptist Sabbath School Depository". Very good. Hardcover.
Starr, A Baptist Bibliography, D2454. WorldCat does not locate this 1853 printing of the first edition.
This printing has the addition of a Declaration of Faith (15 pp.) and a Covenant (1 p.).
"In 1849 John Dowling (1807-1878), a native of England who emigrated to America in 1832, published Conference Hymns: A New Collection of Hymns. Dowling served as pastor of churches in Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. At the time of the publication of A New Collection of Hymns, he was pastor of the Berean Baptist Church in New York City.
"The stated purposes of his book are, 'in the first place, to add to the life and spirituality of the Conference and the Prayer Meeting; and, secondly, to be an acceptable pocket companion to the Christian, in the family or in the closet' (preface). The contents include 360 numbered items, grouped into 'hymns adapted to revival melodies,' 'the missionary concert,' 'baptism,' 'miscellaneous,' and 'voluntary stanzas,' the last-named consisting mainly of single- or two-stanza texts. One of the hymns in the miscellaneous category is 'Sweet Hour of Prayer,' attributed to 'Walford, the Blind Preacher': this was apparently the first publication of the text in a United States hymnal. Eight texts are attributed to Dowling himself, and he is credited with altering four others. While music is not included, suggested tunes are listed for a few hymns." - Music & Richardson, "I Will Sing the Wondrous Story", pp. 221-222.
With a signed provenance card from the collection of A. Merril Smoak, Jr., DWS.