1816.124: The Pilgrim's Hymn Book.

Published: 1816

Full Title: The pilgrim's hymn book, consisting of hymns & spiritual songs designed for the public and private worship of God, by Elder Joseph Thomas.

Author: Thomas, Joseph (1791-1835).

Place Issued: Winchester

Issuing Press: Jonathan Foster

Description: 206+ pgs.; (16mo).


Only known copy, held by the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, lacks all after page 206. Thomas was an itinerant evangelical minister who came to be 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; Foster published seven works by Thomas over the next several years, including this title. The first was a justification of his ministry (1813.103) now lost; but the rest of 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.: this item & 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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