Ellwood, Thomas. Davideis: The Life of David, King of Israel: A Sacred Poem. In five books
Ellwood, Thomas. Davideis: The Life of David, King of Israel: A Sacred Poem. In five books
Ellwood, Thomas. Davideis: The Life of David, King of Israel: A Sacred Poem. In five books
Ellwood, Thomas. Davideis: The Life of David, King of Israel: A Sacred Poem. In five books

Ellwood, Thomas. Davideis: The Life of David, King of Israel: A Sacred Poem. In five books

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Ellwood, Thomas. Davideis: The Life of David, King of Israel: A Sacred Poem. In five books. Philadelphia: Printed by John Crukshank, 1805.

Full calf, spine with gilt rules, red calf title label in gilt, 4 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches, contemporary signature of Nehemiah Merritt on ffep, vi., 160, (1), pp., light foxing, tight. Very good. Full calf.  [5272] 

"I have the same aim in this, the same inducement to it, as I had writting [sic] the sacred history of both the Old and New-Testament, viz. To invide and endeavour to draw all the Youth especially, of either sex, to improve their time and studies, by employing both in reading better books, written on better subjects, than too many of them too often do." - To the Reader.

Thomas Ellwood (1639-1713), English Quaker and friend of John Milton. He was a reader for Milton after the bard lost his sight, and after reading the manuscript of Paradise Lost said, "Thou has said much of Paradise Lost, but what hast thou to say of Paradise found?" thereby inspiring Milton to pen the sequel. "Ellwood was a man of the most exemplary character." - Allibone. He was imprisoned and fined several times for his religious convictions. This book was first published in 1712.

The owner of the book, Nehemiah Merrit (1770-1842), b. Rye, NY; d. Saint John, New Brunswick; came from a family of Loyalists who moved to Canada following the American Revolution. He was a fisherman and merchant who attained some standing, and you can read of him in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography online. At the time of his death it was said that he was the wealthiest man in Saint John.