Gordon, Joseph. The Life and Writings of Rev. Joseph Gordon, Free Presbyterian Synod
Gordon, Joseph. The Life and Writings of Rev. Joseph Gordon, Free Presbyterian Synod
Gordon, Joseph. The Life and Writings of Rev. Joseph Gordon, Free Presbyterian Synod
Gordon, Joseph. The Life and Writings of Rev. Joseph Gordon, Free Presbyterian Synod
Gordon, Joseph. The Life and Writings of Rev. Joseph Gordon, Free Presbyterian Synod
Gordon, Joseph. The Life and Writings of Rev. Joseph Gordon, Free Presbyterian Synod

Gordon, Joseph. The Life and Writings of Rev. Joseph Gordon, Free Presbyterian Synod

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Gordon, Joseph. The Life and Writings of Rev. Joseph Gordon; Written and Compiled by a Committee of the Free Presbyterian Synod. Cincinnati: The Free Presbyterian Synod, 1860. First Edition.

Worn black pebble cloth, 5 x 8 inches; corners, ends, and edges worn through. Recent ink signature on the yellow ffep, older penciled signatures as well. Lithograph of Rev. Gordon with tissue guard, foxed with an old tidemark at the inside margin. The tidemark continues through the contents pages, disappears, and then is on the last few leaves. Dark foxing to title page. 312 generally clean text pp. with occasional foxing, tight. Fair. Hardcover.  [3981] 

"Rev. Joseph Gordon was one of a few ministers, who united and formed the [American] Free Presbyterian Church, in 1847. In the midst of prevailing declension and Hunkerism [anti-abolitionism], they came out from their ecclesiastical connections, with a manifesto of principles adverse to the popular religion of the day; and on these they based the new organization. During seven years he was the editor of the Free Presbyterian - the organ of the new formed church. After his death, the Free Synod at its next meeting held in Ripley, O., in October 1858, appointed a committee of two persons to write a biography of the deceased and compile a selection from his writings, and have them published." - from the Preface.

This movement was led by Rev John Rankin, whose overture to the General Assembly of the New School Presbyterians to exclude slaveholders from their churches was rejected. It was never very large, with estimates of membership between 1,000 and 2,000 persons in the 1850's. It ceased to exist by 1863.

The book consists of a Memoir of 50 pp. followed by articles written by Gordon and published in the Free Presbyterian.

Sample articles: Religion and Reform; Mission of the Free Presbyterian Church; O Lord, Revive Thy Work; Jesus Christ Driven from the United States; Southern Revivals; Revival Excitements; Revivals of Religion; Decay of Public Virtue; True and False Heroism; Drunkard-Making; Imprisonment of W. L. Chaplin; Is there a Law for the Rendition of Fugitive Slaves?; Higher and Lower Law; The Spirit of Abolitionism; Slavery in the Old School General Assembly; Misdirection of Anti-Slavery Effort; Sidney Presbytery and Mr. William Perkins; Co-existence of Liberty and Slavery Impossible.