Tooker, M. Poems, and Jottings of Itinerancy in Western New-York
Tooker, M. Poems, and Jottings of Itinerancy in Western New-York
Tooker, M. Poems, and Jottings of Itinerancy in Western New-York
Tooker, M. Poems, and Jottings of Itinerancy in Western New-York
Tooker, M. Poems, and Jottings of Itinerancy in Western New-York
Tooker, M. Poems, and Jottings of Itinerancy in Western New-York

Tooker, M. Poems, and Jottings of Itinerancy in Western New-York

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Tooker, M. Poems, and Jottings of Itinerancy in Western New-York. In two parts. Rochester, [NY]: D. Darrow & Brothers, 1860. First Edition.

Blindstamped cloth, old streaky light stains on the binding, ink stain on the spine, 4 x 5 3/4 inches, 1999 inscription in ink on the ffep, similar one on p. 43. 160 pp., foxing, small dampstain in the top margin throughout. Four engravings, with one in particular of interest, that of "Cayuga and Its Environs," showing the steamboat Kate Morgan and a wood trestle bridge. Fair. Hardcover.  [4839] 

Manley Tooker (1799-1871), b. Lansing, NY; d. Cook County, IL. Tooker was a Methodist itinerant who was stationed mainly in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. He wrote this book, partly in poetry and partly in prose, describing his life and experiences after forty years in the ministry. He relates revivals in Ulysses (1819), Elmira (c.1830), at Pittsford (1854-56). He tells of camp-meetings, meetings in barns, and in the open air. Several places in his early ministry had no church edifice, and much of this area of New York State was heavily forested and without bridges. He spends some time discussing the circumstances of the Methodist periodical the Western Banner, published in Rochester. He suggests that perhaps it engendered more strife than good. By 1845 he was an agent of the American Bible Society for western New York, "a work even more onerous than that of a District," a work he engaged in for four years, before returning to the Methodist pulpit.

The first part of the book consists of poems based upon historical incident. These include Cayuga and its Environs, My Boyhood's Home, The Child and the Rattlesnake, The Pet Chickens, The Burning of Asbury Chapel, My Quiet Rural Retreat, 2d Letter on Itinerancy, Silena's Benediction at Brockport, Memorials of Deceased Preachers, and others.