Smith, James. History of the Christian Church, from its Origin to the Present Time...Including a History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Smith, James. History of the Christian Church, from its Origin to the Present Time...Including a History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Smith, James. History of the Christian Church, from its Origin to the Present Time...Including a History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Smith, James. History of the Christian Church, from its Origin to the Present Time...Including a History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Smith, James. History of the Christian Church, from its Origin to the Present Time...Including a History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Smith, James. History of the Christian Church, from its Origin to the Present Time...Including a History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Smith, James. History of the Christian Church, from its Origin to the Present Time...Including a History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church

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Smith, James. History of the Christian Church, from its Origin to the Present Time; compiled from various authors. Including a History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Drawn from Authentic Documents. Nashville, Tenn.: The Cumberland Presbyterian Office, 1835. First Edition.

Full leather, black leather spine title label, outer hinges creased but not cracked, top 1/2" of spine probably repaired with paste at one time. 5 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches, 1835 & 2004 owner's inscriptions on ffep, 685 pp., tight. A couple of pages with pencil scribbles; some page sections quite dark (all copies appear as such). History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church with own half-title page. Good.  [4235] 

No. 4972 in Roberts, Revival Literature: An Annotated Bibliography. "With material on the revival of 1800."

"When the Rev. James Smith published his history, our General Assembly appointed a committee of eleven persons, most of whom had been eye-witnesses to these great events [the revival under M'Gready's preaching], to examine into its accuracy. Their report indorses [sic] the accuracy of this portion of the history in every particular." - McDonnold, History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church (1888), p. 16.

James Smith (1798-1871) b. Glasgow, Scotland; d. Dundee, Scotland. He was an orphan, raised by an uncle, and irreligious when he emigrated to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1820. Smith moved his family to southern Indiana in 1824, and in 1825 attended a camp meeting held by the Rev. James Blackwell, where he was converted. He entered the ministry of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and stayed with them until 1844, when he joined with the main Presbyterian church. He was stated clerk for the Cumberland P. General Assembly for six consecutive sessions, 1834-1840. Smith was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church at Springfield, Illinois from 1849 to 1856. During this time he became familiar with Abraham Lincoln and his family, who attended the church. In 1861 Smith's eldest son was appointed by President Lincoln U.S. Consul to Dundee, Scotland; James was visiting his son in Dundee when he died. He was the first historian of the Cumberland P. church and his work "retains a unique historical value to this day." - cumberlanddotorg.

Smith's work is noted especially for the section pp. 559-663 giving details of the history of the Church in Tennessee with biographical sketches of the Revs. William M'Gee, William Hodge, Alexander Anderson, Alexander Chapman, James M'Gready, and Samuel M'Adow. The Appendix contains the reprinted "Circular Letter" sent from the Societies and Brethren, "in which there is a correct statement of the origin, progress and termination of the difference between the Synod of Kentucky, and the former Presbytery of Cumberland."