Correspondence between Rev. Nehemiah Adams and Rev. J. H. Fairchild, with Notes and Comments by a Committee of the Payson Church. Clerical Fornication, Joy Hamlet Fairchild.

Correspondence between Rev. Nehemiah Adams and Rev. J. H. Fairchild, with Notes and Comments by a Committee of the Payson Church.

Boston: Dutton and Wentworth, Printers, 1846. First edition. Original printed wrappers, 9 x 5.75 pages, 48 pages. Front wrapper detached; some general light soiling and wear to the wrappers; a good copy. Item #19546

On its face a dispute regarding Adams’ refusal to grant letters of recommendation to Fairchild’s church (with a prefatory statement signed by a church committee) but in large part an attempt by Fairchild to vindicate himself after a notorious 1844 scandal involving clerical fornication—in his case impregnating a family servant. With much dancing around the proper definition of “deposed,” as well as on Fairchild’s victory in a civil suit, hints of a vendetta by Adams, etc. Adams is perhaps best remembered today as something of a Northern apologist for slavery.

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