Williamstown: Printed by Ridley Bannister, 1832. First edition. 8vo, unbound, stitched, 12 pages. Unopened. Some trifling dust-soiling; a fine copy. Item #15030
The president of Williams College writes to commend Eddy for keeping the Presbyterians of Canandaigua relatively calm during the great revivals that swept through the area in 1831 (Canadaigua lies in the heart of the Burnt Over District and perhaps 13-14 miles south of Joseph Smith's Palmyra), noting in part "With you there are no anxious meetings or anxious rooms or anxious seats. This is not a point of mere grammatical criticism; it involves the honour of revivals and the salvation of men. Let a low and barbarous cant be generally connected with revivals, and you drive men of learning and taste from them and plunge them in perdition." Griffin also has some doubts about the lasting efficacy of itinerant preachers. American Imprints 12741.