1815.035: Infant Salvation.

Published: 1815

Full Title: Infant salvation: Together with a course of letters from an English clergyman, to Bishop Hoadley: with additional notes.

Author: Bryce, John (1784-1864), ed.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: John Bryce

Description: 152 pgs.; 16 cm. (16mo).


Imprint states: "Richmond: Published by John Bryce. J. Robinson, printer, Baltimore. 1815." Bryce was a Richmond attorney who was also a lay preacher in the city's Baptist church as an assistant to Elder John Courtney; that association made Bryce a part of an emerging religious press in Richmond at the end of the War of 1812; this item was his first overt contribution to that effort, though printed in Baltimore as a result of Bryce's Virginia militia service during the British invasion of the Chesapeake region in the preceding summer. Text is a reprinting of two Baptist titles; the first part [p. 5-37] is an annual circular letter on the subject of infant baptism issued by the Charleston Baptist Association in South Carolina in late 1813; the second [p. 39-152] reprinted A Plain Account of the ordinance of Baptism (London 1739) by William Foot under the caption title "Letters from an English clergyman to Bishop Hoadly" [sic]; in the preface [p. 3], Bryce says that it was his intention to just republish the Foot treatise until the circular letter came to hand, so he included it here as a prefix to that longer element; the content in both tracts was endorsed as the opinion of the Dover Baptist Association in Virginia, of which Bryce and his Richmond church were members.

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