METHODISM

[ Samoa in the nineteen-twenties. ] Eight letters, Typed and in Autograph, from a Methodist missionary ('Will') to his father in England, describing his impressions on arrival at his post in Western Samoa.

Author: 
Samoa [ Gagaemalae, Savaii Western Samoa] [ Methodist missionary work; Christianity ]
Publication details: 
The six complete letters dated from Gagaemalae, Savaii, Western Samoa, between May and October 1925.
£320.00

An interesting and informative correspondence, giving the initial impressions of an unnamed nineteen-twenties Methodist minister in Samoa, describing local customs, the state of Christianity in the region (including a denunciation of the Mormons), his view of his duties and the nature of his work, his heavy workload, and other topics including the importance of the coconut and the necessity for every Samoan male to 'destroy fifteen beetles a week'. Eight letters (two incomplete), of which three are in autograph and the other five typed. Totalling 46pp., 4to. (23pp. autograph; 23pp. typed).

[ 'Promise to pay to Ignorance, Hypocrisy & Fanaticism, Methodist Preachers'. ] Satirical engraving of a bank note, undertaking to pay five farthings 'when Methodism shall have been done away'.

Author: 
John Luffman, London printseller [ Georgian methodism ]
Publication details: 
'Sold by Luffman, 377, Strand'.. Dated from London, 1 September 1810.
£120.00

Printed in black ink on a 9 x 16.5 cm. piece of paper. A scarce piece of ephemera. Grubby, aged and worn. Laid down on part of a page from an album. A pastiche of a Georgian banknote, the main body of the text reading: 'No. 24 . . . . | Promise to pay to Ignorance, Hypocrisy & Fanaticism, Methodist Preachers, or Bearer FIVE Farthings, when Methodism shall have been done away with by the Pious exertions of the established Clergy, and when Iohn Bull's Family shall be no longer scared by the tale of the Devil let loose. | London the 1st. day of Septr 1810.

[ Emerson Tennent, politician, colonial administrator and Governor of Ceylon. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Emerson Tennent'), describing his family's connection with Methodism, and his desire to attend a Methodist meeting in London.

Author: 
Emerson Tennent [ Sir James Emerson Tennent, 1st Baronet, born James Emerson ] (1804-1869), Irish-born British politician, colonial administrator and traveller, who acted as Governor of Ceylon
Publication details: 
Beech Park, Belfast. 25 April 1840.
£65.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He has asked his friend 'Mr Reilly' to assure the recipient that he will be with him on the arranged date. 'Independently of my personal interewst in Methodism from the fact of my family having been for 35 years < full?> in connexion with that body, I take as a Christian, an extended interest in the success of your mission, one of the most valuable, I believe, in existence'. After attending a public meeting in Belfast, he will travel 'the same night to Liverpool' and then to London.?>

[ Printed defence of the Belfast Wesleyan Ministerial Association. ] Calvinism not the Theology of the Bible. A Reply to Rev. Dr. Watts' Treatise [...] By the Rev. Wm. Appelbe, LL.D., T.C.D. With Observations appended by the Rev. George Vance.

Author: 
Rev. William Appelbe, LL.D., T.C.D.; Rev. George Vance [ Robert Watts (1820-1895 of the Presbyterian College, Belfast); the Belfast Wesleyan Ministerial Association ]
Publication details: 
Belfast: Phillips & Sons, Bridge Street. Dublin: J. Robertson & Co., Grafton Street. [ 1872 ] [ Allen, Johnston & Co., Book Printers, Up. Arthur St., Belfast. ]
£65.00

The full title reads: 'Calvinism not the Theology of the Bible. A Reply to Rev. Dr. Watts' Treatise, entitled “Arminian Departures from Reformation Principles, as exhibited in the Writings of Watson and Wesley, and in the Publications of the Belfast Wesleyan Ministerial Association.” By the Rev. Wm. Appelbe, LL.D., T.C.D. With Observations appended by the Rev. George Vance.' No copy at the British Library, and the only copies on COPAC at Manchester and Queen's University Belfast. 44pp., 8vo. No wraps. Disbound. Stabbed as issued. In fair condition, lightly aged.

[ Samuel Coley (1825-1880), Professor at Headingley Theological College, 'the Illustrative Preacher'. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'My dear Bro [i.e. 'Brother Minister'], regarding a 'Missionary Meeting for New Radford'.

Author: 
Samuel Coley (1825-1880), 'the Illustrative Preacher', Methodist Professor at Headingley Theological College, Leeds
Publication details: 
Without date or place. [ Headingley Theological College, Leeds ]
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition. Reads: 'My dear Bro [meaning in this case 'Brother Minister'] | Our own Missionary Meeting for New Radford will be on that same evening. I should not wonder if Mr Taylor will not rather want to borrow you than lend me. You will see that I cannot accede to your wish or it would please me to do it.'

[ Lincolnshire General Baptist Assembly. ] Manuscript of 'An agreement between several brethren in ye ministry [ Gilbert Boyce, William Thompson and five others ] met together at Bror Thompson's meeting-house in Boston octr. 3 – 1765'.

Author: 
[Lincolnshire General Baptist Assembly; Gilbert Boyce (1712-1800) of Coningsby; William Thompson (c.1735-1794) of Boston; Joseph Anderson (d.1781) of Gosberton ]
Publication details: 
[ Boston, Lincolnshire General Baptist Assembly. 5 October 1765. ]
£320.00

Adam Taylor's 'History of the English General Baptists' (1818) deals with the Lincolnshire Assembly, Boyce, Thompson and Anderson, but makes no mention of the present meeting, although it does note that at the time 'the internal concerns' of the Lincolnshire Assembly 'were still disorganized: they had no officers, and proper discipline had long been neglected'. According to Taylor, 'this society resolved upon reviving discipline', and on 27 August 1765 'entered some reflections, and regulations for the prosecution of their object, on their records'.

[ The Wesleyan Conference, Sheffield, 1875. ] Autograph Letter Signed from Stephen P. Harvard to 'Mr. Walker', reporting on doings at the Conference.

Author: 
Stephen P. Harvard (d.1905), Wesleyan Methodist minister and author [ The Wesleyan Conference, Sheffield, 1875; Rev. Walker of Liverpool ]
Publication details: 
Carver Street, Sheffield. 12 August 1875.
£180.00

Regarding the Sheffield Wesleyan Conference of 1875 see the article in the Spectator, 14 August 1875, 'The Wesleyan Ultramontanes', and the long review of the conference minutes in the London Quarterly, no.45, vol.89. The present item is 2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. An interesting gossipy letter from a committee member at the conference, satirising two of the others present as 'Mr. Pepys in Conference' and 'Those who approve'. 2pp., 12mo.

[ Humphry Sandwith III, physician and Methodist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Rev Mr Walker', asking him to promote a public meeting [ in Doncaster ], with reference to 'Mr. Greathead' and 'Revd. Mr. Macguire of Clerkenwell'.

Author: 
Humphry Sandwith III (1792-1874), physician. and first editor of the Methodist journal 'The Watchman'
Publication details: 
[ Doncaster, Yorkshire. ] 'Sunday p.m. | Feby 14 1864'.
£150.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. He explains that his 'first object' in calling on Walker was to ask him 'to say a few emphatic words on the subject of the Notice you are requested to read this evening at Waltham Street. I refer to the Public Meeting to be held in the Public Rooms in Jarratt Street on Friday evening next at 7 o'clock.' He complains that 'Mr. Greathead simply read [last two words underlined] the Notice this morning; and unluckily he did this while the boxes were being circulated for the Chapel Fund Collection', and that 'the reading of it would, if heard at all, make little impression'.

[ John McOwan, Wesleyan Methodist minister. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J McOwan') [ to Rev. Walker ] and discussing a number of topics, in particular 'Bro. S Dunn' and 'the Division Question'

Author: 
John McOwan, Wesleyan Methodist minister, superintendent of the Huddersfield Buxton Road circuit
Publication details: 
Halifax [ Yorkshire ]. 19 February 1847.
£100.00

6pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The recipient is not identified, but is a 'Brother' minister, husband of the 'Mrs Walker' and father of the 'young Sam' named at the end.

[ John Wesley and Methodism. ] Three items from the papers of Rev. Richard Bartelot: Autograph Letters Signed from J. S. Simon of Wesley Historical Society and J. Crosland of Sutton Bridge; printed programme of Liverpool bi-centenary celebrations.

Author: 
[ John Wesley and Methodism ] Rev. John Smith Simon (1843-1933), President of the Wesley Historical Society; J. Crosland of Sutton Bridge, Wisbech [ Rev. Richard Bartelot (1868-1947), local historian
Publication details: 
Crosland's letter on letterhead of Sutton Bridge, Wisbech, 16 June 1903. Simon's letter on Wesley Historical Society letterhead, 22 April 1914. Programme from Liverpool Wesleyan Methodist Council, for celebration on 17 June 1903.
£120.00

The three items in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: ALS [to Bartelot] from 'J. Crosland'. (There are postcards printed by 'J. Crosland and Son, Post Office, Sutton Bridge Wisbech.') 3pp., 12mo.

[ Methodist History ] Substantial Autograph Letter Signed "Thos Marriott" to the "Rev. James Everett, Wesleyan Minister, York", on his writings (Methodist memoirs). and relevant works by others.

Author: 
Thomas Marriott, Methodist Preacher (City Road Chapel) [ James Everett, Minister, miscellaneous writer (historian of Methodism) ]
Publication details: 
Windsor Terrace [City Road]. 13 November 1861.
£450.00

Four pages, 4to, creased but good condition. Thanks for a letter. He differs with his correspondent on the "postponing the projected Memoir of Dr Clarke [published 1843-9]. I think it should have appeared 2 or 3 years ago and taken precedence of Dan[ie]l Isaacs. With Dawson's life you are prompt [published 1842] and the publishers will find the advantage in an extensive sale.

[ Methodist History ] Substantial Autograph Letter Signed "Thos Marriott" to the "Rev. James Everett, Wesleyan Minister, York", on his writings (Methodist memoirs). and relevant works by others.

Author: 
Thomas Marriott, Methodist Preacher (City Road Chapel) [ James Everett, Minister, miscellaneous writer (historian of Methodism) ]
Publication details: 
Windsor Terrace [City Road]. 13 November 1861.
£450.00

Four pages, 4to, creased but good condition. Thanks for a letter. He differs with his correspondent on the "postponing the projected Memoir of Dr Clarke [published 1843-9]. I think it should have appeared 2 or 3 years ago and taken precedence of Dan[ie]l Isaacs. With Dawson's life you are prompt [published 1842] and the publishers will find the advantage in an extensive sale.

[ Rev. Thomas Blanshard, Book-Steward, Methodist Book-Room, London. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Tho Blanshard') to Rev. George Johnstone in Jamaica, giving details and itemised account of 'Sums of Money due to the Book Room from Jamaica'.

Author: 
Rev. Thomas Blanshard, Book-Steward, Methodist Book Room, City Road, London [ Rev. George Johnstone (c.1765-1821), Methodist missionary in the West Indies ]
Publication details: 
[ Methodist Book Room, City Road ] London. 3 January 1820.
£150.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with slight loss to text from breaking open of seal, and some repair with archival tape, and a square of paper neatly cut away from second leaf. Addressed, with postmark, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Revd G Johnstone | Methodist Chapel | Kingstone | Jamaica'. Letter on one page and 'Mr G Johnstone Dr in account with T Blanshard'. Writing to his 'Dear Bro[th]er', he hopes that Johnstone will be able to settle the annexed account 'at your ensuing District Meeting'.

[Printed pamphlet.] All are Living: A Discourse in proof of the Doctrine, That the Soul while separated from the Body is consciously alive. Preached at Liverpool-Road Chapel, Islington, [...] On [...] the Death of Anne, Wife of the Rev. Dr. Beecham.

Author: 
William Arthur, A.M., Author of "A Mission to the Mysore," "The Successful Merchant," &c. [John Beecham (1787-1856), Wesleyan Methodist minister]
Publication details: 
Second edition. London: Published by Hamilton, Adams, and Co., and John Mason. 1853. [Printed by William Nichols, 32 London-Wall.]
£60.00

24pp., 12mo. Without wraps and disbound. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with first and last page rather dusty. The word 'Methodist' written in pencil at head of title-page. Full title reads: 'All are Living: A Discourse in proof of the Doctrine, That the Soul while separated from the Body is consciously alive. Preached at Liverpool-Road Chapel, Islington, on Sunday, February 20th, 1853, On occasion of the Death of Anne, Wife of the Rev. Dr.

[pamphlet, one of fifteen, with manuscript list of recipients] Messrs. Moody & Sankey, and the Problem of the Times. Being an Article offered to the St. Louis Republican for Thanksgiving Day, and printed now in a few copies for private communication.

Author: 
James F. Mallinckrodt ['Unity'] [Ira David Sankey, Methodist evangelical gospel singer and composer; Dwight Lyman Moody]
 Messrs. Moody & Sankey, and the Problem of the Times
Publication details: 
January 1, 1876. St Louis, Missouri: No. 2816 North 12th Street.
£750.00
 Messrs. Moody & Sankey, and the Problem of the Times

12mo, iv + 8 pp. Stitched. In original blue printed wraps. Text clear and complete. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, with minor foxing. In original worn blue wraps, with closed tear to the spinal crease. Title leaf followed by printed limitation leaf: 'No. 4a | This Copy is Inscribed to Prof John Tyndall'. On the inside of the back wrap is a manuscript list headed 'Memo from Mailing account Book', numbered 1 ('Mr Carlyle') to 12 ('Rev H. W. Beecher'). Included are 'R W Emerson', 'H W Longfellow', and at 4, 'Prof Tyndall, Huxley, Proctor, & Mr Spencer' (the last three being 4b, 4c and 4d).

The Annual Address of the Conference to the Methodist Societies in Great Britain, in the Connexion established by the Late Rev. John Wesley, A.M. August, 1852.

Author: 
John Scott, President; John Farrar, Secretary, Conference to the Methodist Societies in Great Britain, Sheffield, 1852.
Publication details: 
London: Published by John Mason, 14, City-Road; sold at 66, Paternoster Row. 1852. [Thoms, Printer, 12, Warwick Square.]
£125.00

12mo, 12 pp. Unbound. Stitched as issued. Text clear and complete. On aged and worn paper. Ownership signature at head of title: 'Mr. Whittaker'. Ends: 'Signed on behalf and by order of the Conference, | John Scott, President, | John Farrar, Secretary. | Sheffield, August, 17th, 1852.' Scarce: no copy in the British Library, and none on COPAC.

A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, for the Use of the Congregation at Portland Chapel, St. Mary-la-Bonne.

Author: 
[the Portland Chapel, St. Mary-la-bonne [Marylebone], London; hymnology]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by W. Flint, Old Bailey; and may be had at the Chapel. 1804.
£200.00

12mo, 30 pages. In contemporary nonce-binding of brown boards tied with twine. Presumably incomplete, as sequential translations of only thirty psalms are present, ending with the hundred-and-fourth. Scarce: no copy in the British Library, and none on COPAC.

Handbill of 'Rules for conducting the six-pence <...> Society, In Aid of the Funds for defraying the <Expence> of carrying on the Worship of God, In York-street Chapel, Manchester.'

Author: 
York Street Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Todmorton, Manchester
Publication details: 
To commence from the first of January, 1820. [...] W. Cowdroy, printer, Manchester.'
£45.00

On one side of a piece of paper roughly 22 x 14 cms. Good, apart from some repaired damage at head from scorching, resulting in loss to two lines of text. Title followed by the eight rules of the Society over twenty-one lines of text. At foot names of the sixteen members of the Committee (eight ladies and eight gentlemen), together with those of the treasurer and secretary. According to BBTI William Cowdroy Jr was a printer, publisher and newspaper proprietor between 1795 and 1824.

Printed Bill of Exchange with manuscript insertions.

Author: 
Thomas & Matthew Pickford; Sir Richard Carr Glyn & Co; John Hickling [Manchester; banking history]
Publication details: 
22 April 1814; 'Messs. Pickford | Wood Street' ['Manchester [...] London'].
£38.00

Pickford's are the world's oldest removal company, founded in Manchester in 1630. Hickling is presumably the Methodist preacher (1765-1858) who was active in the north of England. Dimensions of paper roughly nine inches by three and a half. Good only: paper discoloured and lightly creased. Two small punch holes. Small engraving of banking premises with negligible loss due to punch hole. Order 'No. [868] £[147..8..4] Manchester [April 22d..1814] | [Two Months] after date pay to the order of [Mr. Jno.. Hickling]'. Signed (presumably by one of the brothers) 'Thomas & Mattw. Pickford'.

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