Marks & Bignall. The Conference Meeting Hymn Book (1834)
Marks & Bignall. The Conference Meeting Hymn Book (1834)
Marks & Bignall. The Conference Meeting Hymn Book (1834)

Marks & Bignall. The Conference Meeting Hymn Book (1834)

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Marks, David; Bignall, J. The Conference Meeting Hymn Book, for the use of all who love our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; Compiled by Elders David Marks & J. Bignall. Rochester: James Bignall | Hoyt, Porter & Co., Printers, 1834. Fifth Edition - Enlarged. [8464]

Full calf, worn with small chips at both spine ends, corners frayed, outer hinges still good with no cracks. 2 7/8 x 4 3/8 inches. Lacks front and rear blanks. (1)-194, 199-204 (of 207). DEFECTIVE: lacking 4 pp. of hymns and the last 3 pp. of the Index.  Good. Full calf.

Starr, A Baptist Bibliography, M2919. WorldCat lists 5 library holdings.

David Marks (1805-1845), b. Shandaken, New York; d. Oberlin, Ohio. At age 16 Marks became a Freewill Baptist itinerant in upstate New York, and "journeyed through New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Kentucky, Connecticut, and into Canada, on horseback and on foot, all in one year. This was his method of work during the first ten years of his ministry." - Burgess & Ward, Free Baptist Cyclopedia (1889), p. 384. Marks became agent of the newly-formed Book Concern of his denomination (1831), and oversaw the work for four years. He was pastor of a church in Portsmouth, N. H. (1834-36), and organized a church in Rochester, N. Y. (1836), and after a year or so took up itinerant work again. Prominent in the anti-slavery movement, he and his wife Marilla moved to Oberlin, Ohio, in 1842, where they were associated with Charles Grandison Finney.

James Bignall (1799-1869), b. Pittstown, New York; d. Lyons, Michigan. Ordained in 1828 among the Freewill Baptists of the Holland Purchase area of Western New York; Bignall became a leader of that denomination. "His early labors were in western New York and northern Pennsylvania...The Conference Hymn Book was published by him in the early years and ran through several editions...Bro. Bignall associated with Revs. David Marks, Samuel Wire, and others, enduring the hardships of the itinerant period joyfully that he might win souls." - Burgess & Ward, Free Baptist Cyclopedia (1889), p. 55.

With a signed provenance card from the collection of A. Merril Smoak, Jr., DWS.