Massachusetts Missionary Society. Forty-fourth Annual Report of the Massachusetts Missionary Society [Report on Revivals]. Boston: T. R. Marvin. 1843
Signed by Rev. William Jenks, D.D.
Original paper wrapper, back tattered & detached, front chipped and nearly detached, 6 x 9, 48 clean pages.
This consists mainly of reports from the churches, each a paragraph in length. There are 71 churches reporting, and a separate report on "Revivals" states, "At no time for the last ten years have the labors of the Massachusetts Missionary Society been accompanied by stronger demonstrations of the Spirits' power. A season of special religious interest has been enjoyed in twenty-five of the congregations, and about 800, it is thought, have passed from death to life. An unusually large number were taken from the most hopeless cases" Fair. Pamphlet.
William Jenks, D.D., (1778-1866) was a Congregational minister of great ability and distinction, was educated at Harvard where he graduated in 1797. He was first settled in the ministry over the congregational Church in Bath, Me., where he remained twelve years. He next filled the professorship of Oriental and English literature in Bowdoin College three years. Then he went to Boston, and was very active in originating plans to secure religious and social privileges for seamen, till that time a neglected class of men. Some of the more prominent institutions for the benefit of sailors that have existed in that city owe their origin to him. He was pastor at the same time of the Green Street church, which he served for twenty-five years. Dr. Jenks was one of the chief founders of the American Oriental Society, and a prominent member of the Massachusetts Historical society. He was particularly distinguished as an Orientalist, and edited the Comprehensive Commentary on the Holy Bible. - McClintock & Strong