1814.101: Circular Letter of Dover Baptist Association, October 10, 1814.

Published: 1814

Full Title: Circular letter of the Dover Baptist Association, Virginia, October 10, 1814

Author: Grigg, Jacob (1769- 1835).

Place Issued: Virginia

Issuing Press: Uncertain

Description: 8 pgs.; 24 cm. (8vo).


Most authorities provide a more descriptive title for this item, as the simple caption title above does not indicate content of this letter: Circular letter of the Dover Baptist Association to the churches composing their body on the subject of close communion. The association's annual meeting ended on the date indicated, after Jacob Grigg had delivered a sermon on the subject of close communion (i.e. sacrament restricted to church members only); he was asked to draft this letter and have it published to inform member churches of this policy. Title lacks an imprint, as it bears a caption title; text concludes with a notation of "Printed for Jacob Grigg." That note has led most authorities to credit this item to an unnamed Norfolk press; yet Grigg had left his church there in 1808 for one in Kentucky, and by October 1814 was residing in Richmond; the association's minutes for this meeting were published by John Warrock in Richmond (1815.0xx), suggesting that Warrock also printed this letter; however, a notice for the forthcoming publication of the Bible History of Andrew Broaddus, a title issued in Baltimore in 1816, is printed at the foot of the last page, so also suggesting this letter was printed for Grigg there; these multiple possibilities dictate the indeterminacy reported here.

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