1816.125: Poetical Descant on the Primeval and Present State of Mankind.
Full Title: A poetical descant on the primeval and present state of mankind; or, The pilgrim's muse. By Joseph Thomas, minister of the gospel.
Author: Thomas, Joseph (1791-1835).
Place Issued: Winchester
Issuing Press: Jonathan Foster
Description: 220 pgs.; 13 cm. (16mo).
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 (this item); Pilgrim's Hymn Book (two eds.: 1816.123 & 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 (1819.000). Several of his poetical works were frequently reprinted in his lifetime.
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