Oxford [N.Y.]: William E. Chapman, Printer, 1841. First edition. 8vo, removed pamphlet (no wrappers), 48 pages. Final gathering quite browned; some general foxing and a little staining and wear; small portion of the lower corner torn from the title page; a good, sound copy. Item #15100
As the collector of autographs must guard against the multiplicity of men named John Adams who seemed to roam in packs across 18th century New England with pen in hand, so too it turns out must the specialist in American religious pamphlets be wary of the various controversalists sallying forth under the banner of Charles Bowles; the pamphlet here is not by the African American Freewill Baptist preacher, Elder Charles Bowles (1761-1843) but rather by the New Hampshire Congregationalist of the same name, who per the Native Ministry of New Hampshire (1906) was born in 1789 and whose sole published work listed therein is "Sermon: The Covenant of Grace which God Made with Abraham (1841)." The preponderance of OCLC catalog records also attribute this work to Charles Bowles (1789-1850), which would again suggest somebody besides our Freewill Baptist. Disappointed not to have a 19th century black author on one's hands, it might be easy to miss the attractions of this pamphlet's anti-Baptist sentiments and the nice upstate New York imprint. Small ink number stamped at the head of the title. Starr, Baptist Bibliography, B4587 (misattributing it to Elder Bowles); American Imprints 41-786 (agnostic on the question of which Bowles it might be).