1817.100: The Pilgrim's Hymn Book, 2nd edition.

Published: 1817

Full Title: The pilgrim's hymn book, offered as a companion to all Zion travellers, by Elder Joseph Thomas. Second edition.

Author: Thomas, Joseph (1791-1835).

Place Issued: Winchester

Issuing Press: Jonathan Foster

Description: 216 pgs.; 15 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 (1816.125); Pilgrim's Hymn Book (two eds.: this item & 1816.124); 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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