Chickopee [sic] Falls, Mass. Published and For Sale by the Author, and at the Office of the “Crisis,” 167 Hanover-st., Boston, 1856. First edition. Small 8vo (6.75 x 4.63 inches), original blind-stamped black cloth, -180; -25, ; ; -4 pages. Cloth a bit split at the foot of the spine; some light wear, rubbing, and bumping; a few light spots of foxing; a good to very good copy. Item #20302
“I will now give some account of the great camp-meeting in Chicopee Falls in 1842.” A lively and good-humored memoir of an early Millerite, equal parts scriptural exegesis and practical logistics; Munger was responsible for several of the great tent revivals of the Millerite era of the 1840s, and there is much here on leasing lands the meetings, erecting the tents, soothing worried Elders, finding space for commercial pedlars, dealing with local rowdies, etc. The latter part of the book includes something of a critical bibliography of prophetic works in support of the Adventist system. Nichol, Midnight Cry, page 555: “A delightful story of one man’s experiences in connection with the Millerite movement and in the years following. He might be described as in the militant succession of Nehemiah and Ezra. He had charge of the pitching of the camp at certain of the Millerite camp meetings. In this way he made his first contact with them. Of value to the student of Millerism because of the author’s firsthand knowledge of certain events. However, he wrote long after the events.” (Nichol writes of the 1885 third edition.) Front free endpaper neatly excised. Several neat ink later 20th century ownership inscriptions and a small 20th century label to the front blank.