- Wonderful 1765 letter by John Erskine [1721-1803]. He had been actively involved at Cambuslang with Whitefield and was close friends and at length correspondent with Jonathan Edwards, Samuel Hopkins, Ebenezer Pemberton, and other Presbyterian Revivalists in America. He was also perhaps the primary advocate for Edwards’ works being published in the UK. The Yale Archives hold a wonderful group of correspondence between the two.
In the present letter, we find two wonderful bits of information. The first is his expression that he was awaiting with great expectation the publication of Edwards’ posthumous works. These had been in process since immediately after his death.
And secondly, and really wonderfully, he gives a notice of a revival in New York City being led by his friend, Archibald Laidley in which there is an “uncommon religious concern among his people” and that “almost every day, two or three are coming to him under deep convictions,” etc. He then comments to his recipient that this is all the more remarkable as Mr. Laidley, though of genuine piety and a sound teacher, was no stirring or gifted orator. Etc.,
- Carter, Captain R. Kelso. Alpha and Omega, Or, the Birth and Death of the World. O. H. Elliot. San Francisco. 1894.
Very rare work by one of the most important divine healing authors of the 19th century. He was healed under Charles Cullis [while he was a professor of Chemistry] and wrote quite convincingly on the relationship between the atonement and physical healing. It was his works that deeply influenced A. B. Simpson, who became a friend. They spoke together and edited a hymnal together. Then, Carter became ill again and was not healed. He then wrote another book somewhat moderating his earlier, more radical stance on the subject.
The present book, which deals with healing and other allied subjects, deals with them in light of eschatology and the coming “New Creation.”
No other copies of this on the market; in fact, I haven’t been able to trace one. It is excessively rare.
- A really wonderful piece of Welsh Revival interest material. E. M. Hardie’s 1901 exceptionally rare The Apostacy; or, Seducing Spirits and the Teachings of Demons. Published in 1901, this was a work that deeply influenced Penn-Lewis’ and Evan Roberts’ War on the Saints. It was a little known work that essentially showed that many Christians were unwittingly engaged in demon possession rather than Christian worship; this theme was heavily expanded by Penn-Lewis and Roberts, and became the source of significant controversy. But it was really this book that seems to have started their thoughts down that path.
Additionally, this copy is inscribed by and signed by Penn-Lewis and given as a gift to Sister Bruce of the Bethshan Holiness Mission.
No other copies on the market at any price, let alone with this provenance.
- The Signal and Gospel Gazette for 1891.
Very large format illustrated periodical in Victorian cloth. It seems to have been edited by John McNeill [The Scottish Spurgeon], but includes tons of articles by the proto-Pentecostal, Mrs. Elizabeth Baxter. She spoke in German under the inspiration of the Spirit and edited Thy Healer, the first British periodical dedicated to healing. Prominent in this is a lengthy series she wrote on Women of Faith in the Scriptures. Never published elsewhere. Also accounts of miracles, miraculous answers to prayer, etc.
I’ve never seen another bound year of this.
- James Haldane and Scottish Revival.
Here is a rare piece of revival history; an important Scottish biography and diary of Rev. James Garie who was minister at Perth when James Alexander Haldane, the famed Scottish revivalist, came to his church. He was also a member of the Haldane Connexion, a Scottish revivalist movement with Baptist leanings. The result of the consistent, godly ministry at Perth under Garie and a gifted revivalist in Haldane was a significant season of revival.
Garie recalled "I have not seen, since I have been in Perth such evidence of the work of the Spirit of God upon the minds of the people as of late, both from solid joys in the Lord Jesus and deep convictions of the dreadful evils of the heart." The majority of those awakened and impacted by the revival were teenagers or younger. The time of refreshing is recounted beautifully in the present diary.
Garie had also been a missionary to Ireland in 1790 where, after preaching the Gospel of free grace to gathered Catholics, his church was burned to the ground.
The work includes his memoirs, extracts from his diary [including the revival], correspondence between he and J. A. Haldane, etc.]
Also bound with a circular “letter” from James Alexander Haldane, dated March 26, 1802 and addressed “To the Church assembling for Worship in the Tabernacle, Edinburgh.” The 12 page address exhorts the church to engage in weekly celebration of the Lord’s Supper. This was a sharp deviation from the restrictive and rare occasion of the Lord’s Supper in most Scottish churches and in keeping with Haldane’s move to a much more experiential, personal, faith grounded in a personal experience of Jesus and with room for liberty of conscience. Christ’s work was sufficient and to be relished, enjoyed, and celebrated on a regular basis among the redeemed.
No copies of either work on the market in any form, reprint or otherwise.
Gardiner, William [Comp.]. Memoirs of the Late Rev. James Garie, Minister of the Gospel in Perth; with Extracts from His Diary and an Appendix. Edinburgh. J. Ritchie. Sold for the Benefit of Mrs. Garie and Family. 1801. 180pp.
Haldane, James Alexander. To the Church assembling for Worship in the Tabernacle, Edinburgh. 12pp.
Period quarter calf with rubbing as shown, some losses at extremities and through leather at hinges, but firmly bound by cords. Ex library. Contents quite good.
- Rare Biography of Peden the Prophet.
Alexander Peden [1626-1686] is one of the most fascinating personages of the Covenanter period during the 17th century in Scotland. Revered as one of the most influential Covenanting preachers, he was arrested and imprisoned repeatedly; even being banished to work as a slave on the American Plantations. But when the ship masters heard the reason for his being sent to America, they released him.
He was known as the prophet both because of the incredible spiritual power which seemed to attend his preaching, but also because he, with some regularity, would receive information obtained in prayer regarding precise people, troop movements to protect the Covenanters, and the impending deaths of people from among them.
Johnston, John C. Alexander Peden. The Prophet of the Covenant. An Appreciation. Glasgow. James C. Erskine & Son. 1902.
Original plain blue cloth with Arts & Crafts design on spine; small remainder of label which could be removed. A couple of historical notices of Peden area appended to the prelims. Textually very solid and clean. Quite rare.
- First Edition of Sermons by Whitefield’s Co-Preacher in Cambuslang Revival
Very nicely preserved volume of sermons by John M’Laurin [McLaurin], minister at Glasgow and one of the chief supports of George Whitefield during the Glasgow and Cambuslang Revivals. He was, in fact, co-preacher with him and led the receiving of the sacrament in the famed field services of the Lord’s Supper.
The volume itself is also edited by John Gillies, author of perhaps the most important historical book on revivals ever written, Historical Collections of Accounts of Revivals. It is a massive tome, a treasure-trove of accounts from the entirety of the history of revivalism in the western Church.
Includes recommendatory notices on the character of M’Laurin by Thomas Prince, John Gillies, and John Erskine.
M’Laurin, John. Sermons and Essays by the Late Reverend Mr. John M’Laurin. One of the Ministers of Glasgow. Published from the Author’s Manuscripts. By John Gillies, one of the Ministers of Glasgow. Glasgow. Printed by James Knox. 1755. 1st Edition. xviii + 395pp.
Very handsomely preserved in a somewhat recent half leather binding with raised bands and attractive morocco leather onlays. The title has the birth and death dates of both author and editor in somewhat clumsy ink by their names. Otherwise, very good with some light handling and foxing.
Includes a biography of M’Laurin, his part in calling for prayers for revival in Scotland, a brief account of his visit with William and Gilbert Tennent and Samuel Davies, etc., plus sermons largely focused on the glory of Christ, a lengthy work on Christian piety, and sections on the Supernatural Operations of the Holy Spirit, etc.
Lovely true first edition of this important piece of revival history.
- Exceptionally Rare Volume Belonging to Eccentric Great Awakening Revivalist, James Davenport!
1657 copy of Wollenio’s Compendium Theologiae owned by important Great Awakening evangelist, James Davenport [1716-1757].
Davenport’s great grandfather was one of the original Puritan settlers and Davenport himself graduated first in his class at Yale. He was forever in trouble though, regularly decrying the piety of the leadership. That would be a theme with him. He took a pastorate, but refused to receive any correction or council. Then, hearing Gilbert and William Tennent and George Whitefield, he resigned and became an evangelist. Likely with both good intentions, but also a slight strain of independence and mania, he grew more and more eccentric. Finally, at one of his famous “bonfire of the vanities,” where he urged villagers to burn their sinful paraphernalia, he began decrying extravagant dress, tore off his own pants, and threw them in the fire. He continued preaching with no pants on . . . too far, Mr. Davenport. He was tried and found to be of unsound mind. He spent the rest of his life trying to earn back his credibility. For a period though, until the whole pantless episode, he was as popular as the Tennents and Whitefield. But his refusal to take correction or counsel did him in. There’s a lesson in there.
Signed by Davenport on the title page, then three pages of sermon notes in his hand on the last leaves.
Wonderful piece of Great Awakening ephemera.