Concord [N. H.]: Printed for Nathaniel K. Hardy, June, 1812. Second edition. Pamphlet restitched into later early drab wrappers, scant 6 x 3.5 inches, 12 pages. Some staining and foxing; a good, sound copy. Item #20491
“On the 19th of February, at evening, she was in great distress of mind, so that she screamed, not uttering words that could be well understood; her fear, at length, subsided; and with transporting delight she said, ‘He is coming; Jesus is coming, Jesus is coming to receive me to himself.’ “ A tender deathbed memoir of Jane Osborn Cram (1786-1811) from an unnamed and likely clerical correspondent; Cram was a young mother who had already undergone a conversion experience in her teens, first “entertaining a hope of her saving conversion” in August, 1801. Having already nearly died in childbirth two years previous, Cram was taken with consumption in late 1810. This account follows many of the contours of contemporary deathbed memoirs includes much of her hopes of heaven, as well as her exhortations to family members and a touching farewell conversation with her husband. An earlier version appeared with the imprint Concord [N.H.]: : Printed by George Hough, 1811; this edition (with a conjugate title page) bears the imprint of a New Hampshire clergyman Nathaniel Kimball Hardy (1776-1819), who may well have been the attending clergyman in Cram’s last days. This account of Cram’s death proved of sufficient interest to be republished in Exeter, N. H. in 1814 and in Amherst, N. H. in 1816. American Imprints 26063. Old stab holes; subsequently saddle stitched.