Title An Outline of the History of the Church in the State of Kentucky, During a Period of Forty Years: Containing the Memoirs of Rev. David Rice, and Sketches of the Origin and Present State of Particular Churches, and of the Lives and Labours of a Number of Men who were Eminent and Useful in Their Day.
Edition First Edition
Size 12mo, 8.3x 17.8 x 3.4.cm.
Inscription Name written in old pen at top of front free endp
Book Number 17927
History of the Church in Kentucky & especially "the Father of Presbyterianism in Kentucky," David Rice, Lexington, 1824. Nice Tree-calf
BISHOP, ROBERT H., comp. An Outline of the History of the Church in the State of Kentucky, During a Period of Forty Years: Containing the Memoirs of Rev. David Rice, and Sketches of the Origin and Present State of Particular Churches, and of the Lives and Labours of a Number of Men who were Eminent and Useful in Their Day. Collected and Arranged by Robert H. Bishop, Professor of History in Transylvania University. Lexington: Printed and Published by Thomas T. Skillman. 1824. 12mo, 8.3x 17.8 x 3.4.cm. $225.00
The first 100pp of this book contains the biography of "The Father of Presbyterianism in Kentucky," Rev. David Rice. Rice, born (1733) in Hanover County Virginia, studied under John Todd in Virginia and graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1761. He spent the next year in evangelistic work in North Carolina and Virginia, but settled as pastor in Hanover, Va., where he was ordained in 1763. In 1783 he settled in Mercer County, Kentucky, fifteen years later moving to Green County in southern Kentucky, continuing his missionary labors. "Later on he visited many parts of Kentucky and Ohio, where-ever he went organizing churches until he came to be known as the father of Presbyterianism in Kentucky."--Dict. of Amer. Biography, XV:p537. He was instrumental in the founding of Transylvania University, and elected as a member of the convention (1792) which framed the constitution of Kentucky. In the later event he attempted provide for the gradual emancipation of slaves but was defeated.
The book then continues with short chapters on: Cumberland Presbyterians, New-Lights, Associate Reformed Church, Associate Church, Baptist Churches of Kentucky, Methodist Churches, Churches in Lexington, New-Providence and Harrodsburgh Churches, as well as biographies of 12 early Kentucky Presbyterians including James M'Chord, James M'Gready, and Old Captain, the founder of the first African Baptist Church in Lexington. The last section reprints 3 works by David Rice: An Epistle to the Citizens of Kentucky, Professing Christianity, Especially Those that are, or have been, Denominated Presbyterians (1805); A Second Epistle to the Citizens of Kentucky... (1808); Slavery Inconsistent with Justice and Good Policy (1792). Howes: U.S.iana #478, "Most important ecclesiastical history of the early West." American Imprints #15453.
Bound full tree calf with brown morocco title label, seven double gilt fillets divide spine into 6 panels, a 1.2cm diameter hole in leather in top spine panel, another .5 x 1cm triangular hole starting in third panel and extending onto front cover, rubbed & scuffed some, worn through leather at three corners, corners consolidated with book adhesive, medium to heavy foxing throughout, small damp stain in lower outside corner of most pages, larger damp stains on front endpapers & flyleaves, a few dog-ears. There is a piece of thread sewn into the top inside of the front cover--apparently to attach some memento.
Name written in old pen at top of front free endpaper: "Saml. G. Lowry's." The same is written in light pencil near the top of the title page. Below and at an angle is written in old pen: "Harorod Mitchel"(?).