Boston: Printed by S. Kneeland ...D. Henchman, [Cornhill], 1733.
First edition, with half-title. 125; 158 pp. 1 vols. 16mo (6-1/2 x 4 inches (16.5 x 10 cm.). Contemporary panelled calf, retaining blanks. Worn, binding holding by cords bearly, early ownership signature, booklabel with initials, Signed Maria Weston, Ezra Weston. Evans 3651 & 3654; Sabin 22115. Item #259281
Jonathan Dickinson (1688-1747) was born in Hatfield, Massachusetts, and attended one of the earliest classes at Yale College, graduating in 1706. While there are not a lot of details of his early life, he did end up preaching to a group of New England Congregationalists in 1708 in Elizabeth Town, New Jersey. Although he accepted a blend of Puritan Calvinism theology, he was flexible enough to also accept "more contemporary experiences of evangelical revivalism." He advocated a 'lively faith', but took account of a person's age and intellectual development. Thomas Foxcroft (1697-1769) was born in Boston, and is known to have converted to Congregationalism while in college, graduating from Harvard in 1714. Historical accounts indicate he was known for his virtue and piety, and developed a close relationship with Cotton Mather. In fact, Mather sought Foxcroft's help when he was having problems with his teenage son. He published a number of tracts in the 1720s and 1730s, often promoting a strong Congregational foundation among the young in New England. In the 1730s, he and Benjamin Colman were considered the top ministers of their generation. However, in 1736 he suffered a stroke, and was never able to return to his previous level.
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