Cox, Melville B.; Cox, Gershom F. Remains of Melville B. Cox, Late Missionary to Liberia; With a Memoir, by the Rev. Gershom F. Cox. New-York: T. Mason and G. Lane, For the Methodist Episcopal Church at the Conference Office, 1840. 
Full sheep with a red calf spine title label in gilt, gilt rules to spine, 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, binding a bit bowed, otherwise very good with no cracks. Old gift inscription on ffep; top of second free end paper clipped. Frontispiece engraved portrait of Cox with tissue guard. Front end papers, portrait, & title page with dampstain in the top third to half, which fades away by p. 8., with the rest of the pages clean. 250 pp., tight. There is a 4 inch fringed pink silk ribbon marker laid in the book. Good. Leather bound.
Melville Beveridge Cox (1799-1833), b. Hallowell, Maine; d. Liberia. Cox was the first American Methodist missionary to Africa, in fact the first Methodist missionary to any foreign country. A sickly man, he had trouble staying active in the pulpit ministry, nevertheless he volunteered for missionary work and arrived in Liberia in March, 1833, and organized a church among the freed slaves from the United States. Fourth months later he died from malaria.
The Memoir takes up the first 140 pp. and consists principally of Cox's journal entries. His Remains include his Sketches of Western Africa; Letters to friends in the United States describing missionary work; and a Sermon, The Responsibility of the Sacred Office, on I Cor. ix., 16, "Wo is me if I preach not the gospel."