The Ordinances as They Are, or Six Questions Answered; with the Baptist Articles of Faith: to which are Added a Poem on Creation. Baptist Verse, S. J. Decker.

The Ordinances as They Are, or Six Questions Answered; with the Baptist Articles of Faith: to which are Added a Poem on Creation.

Cortland [N.Y.]: S. C. Clisbe & Co. Printers, 1847. First edition. 12mo, contemporary black morocco spine, marbled boards, 166 pages. Some browning; board edges rubbed; some wear to the spine; a very good copy. Item #17603

The Baptist pastor from McGrawville argues for immersion and against loose communion churches; includes some hint of the alliance of religious sentiment and Jacksonian populism: “I am a Republican, a Democrat in its best sense, not as a partizan, but a staunch believer in equal rights and privileges.” The twenty-page poem, in closely-printed couplets, takes a rather erato-pastoral approach to the creation story, with much in the way of tangled grape and woodbine and the dimpled alabaster of Eve’s cheek. Early owner’s ink signature on the front free endpaper (with some bleeding at and early date staining the title page a trifle). Starr, Baptist Bibliography, D1201.

Price: $100.00

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