A Discourse on the Second Death. Universalism, Edmund Pray, Maine, Itinerant.

A Discourse on the Second Death.

Augusta [Maine]: Printed at the Banner Office, 1838. First edition. 16mo, original plain blue cloth, 186 pages. Some light damp-staining to the upper board and the upper portion of the first several leaves; a bit of light general rubbing, wear, and soiling; a very good copy. Item #19095

“This was prepared amid the cares of the world and the toils of business, and with but slender means. It therefore does not come to you with any claims of learning or science. It is merely the result of a study of the Scriptures for many years, unaided by the labors of hte learned. It is not, consequently, sent forth to enlighten the learned; but the the hope that it may aid others in like station with the author, in their search after truth.” An uncommon and well-argued piece of homespun universalist theology; Pray had earlier published Two Discourses on the law of Moses from Mount Sinai, and the law of God from Mount Sion (Hallowell, Maine, 1833) and he republished this Discourse on the Second Death in Boston at the press of J. H. and F. F. Farwell in 1839. The 1840 census would suggest that Pray was then aged between 60 and 69, lending further credit to his zeal to spread his word—the January 1, 1841 number of the Evangelical Magazine and Gospel Advocate, published in Utica, N.Y., includes a brief note under the headline, “Where is Edmund Pray?” from the journal’s editor, A. B. Grosh: “He was in this city in October last, selling his book on the Second death, Hell and the great Dragon, and is probably now somewhere in the Western part of this State. Br. Drew of Augusta, Maine, says his friends in that town are anxious about their relative, and inquires where he is. If any of our readers see Mr. Pray, will they please inform him of these facts, that he may let his friends know where he is?” Pray seems likely to have managed to get home; Maine public records show his estate entering probate in September, 1843 under the administration of his widow, Emeline.

Price: $225.00

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