History of the Christian Church; from the Earliest Periods to the Present Time (1832)
History of the Christian Church; from the Earliest Periods to the Present Time (1832)
History of the Christian Church; from the Earliest Periods to the Present Time (1832)

History of the Christian Church; from the Earliest Periods to the Present Time (1832)

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Ruter, Martin. Dr. Gregory's History of the Christian Church; from the Earliest Periods to the Present Time: Revised and Improved, with Numerous Additions, together with a General View of Missions and other Benevolent Institutions; Exhibiting the Present State and Prospects of the Christian World. Cincinnati: Roff and Young, 1832. First Edition. [7845]

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Martin Henry Ruter, D.D. (1785-1838), b. Charlton, Massachusetts; d. Washington, Texas.

A Methodist, Ruter was admitted into the New York Conference in 1801, and received his deacon's and elder's orders from Bishop Francis Asbury in 1803 and 1805. He served churches in the New York, New England, and Philadelphia conferences. Ruter was given the charge of the Newmarket Wesleyan Academy in 1818. He was for eight years (1820-28) in charge of the new branch of the Methodist Book Concern, located in Cincinnati. During this time he edited or wrote more than a dozen books, and his History of the Christian Church (1832) was required reading for Methodist preachers for nearly 50 years.

He afterward served successively as president of Augusta College and Allegheny College. In 1836 he was appointed superintendent of the new Republic of Texas mission, and was active in forming societies, organizing circuits, and overseeing the building of churches in that region. In 1837 he preached in Congress Hall, met with Sam Houston and other government leaders, and stated his plans to establish a college. His hours of exposure to the elements soon enfeebled him, and he died before his plans were achieved. Rutersville College was founded in his honor in 1840. 

Rev. George Gregory, D.D. (1754-1808), b. Ireland; educated at the University of Edinburgh. He took orders in the Church of England and served parishes at Liverpool and London, the latter at St. Giles, Cripplegate. In 1804 he was appointed to the living of Westham, in Essex, which he held until his death. He was a writer of note, with a History of the Christian Church (1790) in two volumes, and several other commended works to his name. His Treatise on the Composition of a Sermon (1787) was included in The Young Preacher's Manual (1819), a valuable resource for pastors learning the art of public speaking.