The Life, Conversion, Preaching, Travels and Sufferings of Elias Smith. Written by Himself . . . Vol. I [all published]. Elias Smith.
The Life, Conversion, Preaching, Travels and Sufferings of Elias Smith. Written by Himself . . . Vol. I [all published].

The Life, Conversion, Preaching, Travels and Sufferings of Elias Smith. Written by Himself . . . Vol. I [all published].

Portsmouth, N.H. Printed by Beck & Foster; sold by the Author, No. 2, Ladd-street, and James F. Shores, No. 1, Market-street; by the Christian Preachers in the United States; and the Booksellers, 1816. First edition. 8vo (6.88 x 4.25 inches), contemporary calf, 406, [2] pages, gathered in sixes. Frontispiece portrait. Front joint cracked, calf rubbed and worn; foxed, some stains, frontispiece shows evidence of a little light early pencil touching-up; a good sound copy. Item #20300

“As I went into my house, a friend handed me a letter, which he found in my yard, directed to me. The contents of it was this: That I had insulted the whole town, and that the writer thought the devil would not let me alone, until I had done something to bring me to punishment; which he supposed I had now done by publishing the above named pamphlet. That there was a rod in the pickle for me, and that if I did not leave the town, I should have a good hiding. He mentioned that a little *tar* and *feathers* well applied would be of service to me, &c.” An entertaining conversion narrative, travel account, and episodic narrative from Christian Connexion publisher, preacher and eventual Thomsonian botanic physician Elias Smith (1769-1846). The final leaf includes a page advertising the projected publication of volume two (never realized), followed by a page of ads for books published and sold by Smith. Starr, Baptist Bibliography, S-4004; Sabin 82489.

Price: $250.00

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