Title Discourse on the Validity of Presbyterian Ordination, Delivered in
Location Published Cambridge: Published by William Hilliard. Eliab W. Metcalf, printer
Book Number 16634
HOLMES, ABIEL. A Discourse on the Validity of Presbyterian Ordination, Delivered in the Chapel of the University in Cambridge, May 9, 1810, at the Anniversary Lecture Founded by the Hon. Paul Dudley, Esq. By Abiel Holmes, D.D. Minister of the First Church in Cambridge. Cambridge: Published by William Hilliard. Eliab W. Metcalf, printer. 1810. Octavo.
Pamphlet bound in modern brown cloth spine with cream colored paper over boards, new endpapers, bookplate of M.S. Carothers on front paste-down endpaper, light to medium foxing. Collation: -54, 62. Pagination: (1) title, (1) request for publication, -44pp. Amer. Bibliog. #20368.
Abiel Holmes (1763-1837) Congregational clergyman, historian. a graduate of Yale (1783), ordained (1785), ministered in the Congregational Church in Midway, Georgia, until 1791. He married Ezra Stiles' daughter in 1790 and returned to New England when he was called to the pastorate of the First Church in Cambridge in 1792. He served First Church for thirty-seven years. He is best known for his American Annals. These volumes, as the first attempt at an extensive orderly history of the country as whole, marked an important step in American historiography... Six years after the death of his first wife, Holmes married, Mar. 26, 1801, Sarah Wendell... Their home was "The old Gambrel-roofed House" in Cambridge, so often celebrated by Oliver Wendell Holmes, the fourth of their five children... His theology, that of a mild but determined Calvinist, did not save him from the distresses attending the "Unitarian schism" in New England"--Dict. Amer. Biog. IX:160. We offer Holmes' defense of Congregational ordination over against Presbyterian ordination.
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