Boston: Lincoln & Edmands, 1809. First edition. Original plain drab wrappers, 6.75 x 4.25 inches, 96 pages. Some nibbling and wear to the wrappers, with a little loss; some light foxing and toning; in very good condition. Item #19336
A first-hand account of the life of a well-known itinerant New Light lay preacher Croswell (1712-1799), who had gone from baker’s apprentice to debtor’s prison and a short spell of teaching before he had a conversion experience in 1742 during the Great Awakening and took to preaching; the prefatory account of Croswell’s life (presumably by the editor Jacob Norton, whose name is supplied by NUC) notes, “He rode, probably, 3,000 miles a year, and preached nearly as many sermons, in each year, as it contains days.” (An 1854 memoir of a later collateral family member, Rev. William Creswell, suggests Joseph “was a most extravagant and fanatical ranter.”) Howes C924; Sabin 17681. Ink ownership signature of Benja. Bicknell, Weymouth, 1809 on the front blank and at the head of the front wrapper.