1813.103: Justification of Ministry of Joseph Thomas.

Published: 1813

Full Title: [Justification of Ministry of Joseph Thomas].

Author: Thomas, Joseph (1791-1835).

Place Issued: Winchester

Issuing Press: Jonathan Foster

Description: Unrecorded


No copy known extant; existence of this title known from Thomas's 1818 autobiography. Thomas was an itinerant evangelical minister who became known as "The White Pilgrim," based on his adoption of a simple linen suit as his only clothing style; in 1812, he established residence in Frederick County, where Foster, an elder in the Presbyterian Church, officiated at his wedding to the daughter of a prominent farmer there; over the next several years, Foster published seven works by Thomas, starting with this title; in his later autobiography, Thomas mentioned the content of this work, a justification of his ministry from attacks by Methodist and Baptist ministers, but not its title, and no copies are known to have survived. Foster's publications have proven to be the bulk of Thomas's surviving corpus, as seen in the titles A Poetical Descant on the Primeval and Present State of Mankind (1816.125); Pilgrim's Hymn Book (two eds.: 1816.124 & 1817.100); an autobiographical Life of the Pilgrim Joseph Thomas (1817.101); A Discourse on … Sunday Schools (1818.117); and The Trump of Christian Union (1819.092). Several of his poetical works were frequently reprinted in his lifetime.

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