1818.117: A Discourse on the Benevolent Institutions of Sunday Schools.

Published: 1818

Full Title: A discourse, dedicated to the world, on the benevolent institutions of Sunday schools, delivered in Kernstown, October 18th, 1818, By Joseph Thomas, minister of the gospel, author of the Pilgrim's Journal, &c.

Author: Thomas, Joseph (1791-1835).

Place Issued: Winchester

Issuing Press: Jonathan Foster

Description: 32 pgs.; (12mo).


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.: 1816.124 & 1817.101); an autobiographical Life of the Pilgrim Joseph Thomas (1817.100); A Discourse on Sunday Schools (this item); and The Trump of Christian Union (1819.092). Several of his poetical works were frequently reprinted in his lifetime.

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