Fish (1855) Primitive Piety Revived – Primitive Baptist Revival 1st Edition


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Fish, Henry C.  Primitive Piety Revived, or the Aggressive Power of the Christian Church: A Premium Essay. (Boston: Congregational Board of Publication, 1855)

Octavo. xii, 249 pages. Hardcover. Bound in brown cloth-covered boards stamped in blank with gilt lettering on spine.

Condition: VG+. Top rear corner bumped, Previously owned by Roswell H. Newton of Brattleboro, Vt and so inscribed on the first free endpaper.  Slight deterioration to cloth of rear cover and top of rear spine hinge, light spotting to edge of text-block, not encroaching on page faces to any considerable amount. A super copy.

Henry Clay Fish (1820-77) was a Baptist clergyman. He studied at an academy, taught for two years in Massachusetts, and then entered the Union theological seminary in New York, where he was graduated in 1845. On the following day he was ordained pastor of the Baptist Church at Somerville, N. D., and remained there till January 1851, when he entered on the pastorate of the 1st Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. In 1858 the degree of D. D. was conferred upon him by the University of Rochester, N.Y. At the beginning of the civil war he actively supported the National government, spread the flag of the United States on his altar, and caused the National anthems to be sung in his Church services.

On 1 June 1864, he was drafted into the military service, and, determining at once to go to the field, he notified the officers of the Church to that effect. He was persuaded with great difficulty to relinquish his purpose, and allow a substitute to be sent in his stead. He was a man of great industry, and was actively engaged in advancing the interests of education and missions. –