The Scripture-Doctrine of Original Sin, stated and defended. In a Summer-Morning's Conversation, between a minister and a neighbour. Containing remarks on a late anonymous pamphlet intitled, "A Winter-Evening's Conversation, upon the Doctrine of Original Sin,

CLARK, Peter (1758)


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between a Minister and three of his Neighbours, accidentally met," &c. Whith an appendix, in reply to a supplement in the New Haven edition of that pamphlet.8vo., [4], 132, 24 pp. Title-page lightly soiled and wormed near foot; first few leaves with light worming near foot; B1 waterstained, frayed along edges with small piece torn from blank corner; B1 and B4 loosely inserted; last gathering loose; light foxing and soiling throughout. Contemporary American leather, the covers ruled in blind with a two-line border, panel and central saltire cross; the boards composed of canvas packed between sheets of printed waste and sewn on leather thongs. Stitching still largely intact. Front and rear endleaves from a December 5, 1772 issue of the Providence Gazette, rear pastedown has the title-page from the newspaper with a woodcut of the royal arms centred on the page.(corners and edges lightly chipped, rear joint lightly cracked, covers lightly rubbed, minor slice to front cover, head and foot of spine chipped with minor loss).Boston: Printed and Sold by S. Kneeland,

Evans 8103. In the UK, ESTC lists the British Library copy only ( in USA).This publication by Peter Clark (1694-1768), "Pastor of the first Church in Danvers", marks the divide between the Calvinist party, of which Clark considered himself a member, who believed that Adam's fall made all of mankind subject to original sin and eternal damnation, and the liberal party, typified by Samuel Webster whose A Winter-Evening's Conversation Clark here responds to. The debate over Original Sin marked "the beginning of that significant distinction between Christianity as a religion of salvation and Christianity as a religion of moral nurture" (Gaustad, p. 701).Provenance: Peter Clark (Harvard B.A. 1712, M.A. 1715) gave this copy to Aaron Putnam (1733-1813), a fellow Harvard graduate, who has inscribed the head of the title: "Aaron Putnam's: Donum Autoris Reverendi / May 25 [the year cropped]". Putnam received his BA in 1752 and MA from Harvard in 1755. He was ordained a year later in 1756 and became pastor of the First Church in Christ in Pomfret, Ct., a position he held until 1802. No later marks of ownership.Bound with:1: [CHAUNCY (Charles)]. The Opinion of one that has perused the Summer Morning's Conversation, concerning Original Sin, wrote by the Rev. Mr. Peter Clark, ... In a Letter to a Friend. Boston: Printed and sold by Green & Russell, 1758. Only edition. 28 pp. Lightly soiled and stained throughout. Evans 8100. ESTC lists the British Library copy only in UK; in USA. "In The Opinion of One that has Perused the Summer Morning's Conversation ..., attributed to Chauncy, Clark was rudely reminded that the fate of unregenerate infants was to the Calvinists no 'secret thing'. The Westminster Confession, Chauncy pointed out, speaks only of elect infants being saved by Christ. Clark's attempt to dissociate the doctrine of original sin from the inevitable punishment of sin was fallacious if not dishonest. Chauncy cited the Westminster Confession and the longer catechism to show that 'this Gentleman, tho' he wears the appearance of a friend to the Calvinistical doctrine of the imputation of Adam's guilt to his posterity, yet has deserted this doctrine, nay given it up'." (Gaustad, 702).Provenance: Ink ownership inscription to the head ot the title: "Aaron Putnam's, gift of Rev. Mr. Condy, Boston 1758". Jeremiah Condy (1709-1768) was the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Boston. He received his BA from Harvard in 1723 and was ordained in 1738. Condy served as the pastor of the First Baptist Church from 1738 until 1764. He was also a member of the influential literary and philosophical society that formed the Redwood Library in Newport, RI. 2: CLARK (Peter). Religion to be minded, under the greatest Perils of Life. A sermon on Psal. cxix. 109. Containing A Word in Season to Soldiers. Preach'd on April 6. 1755. Being the Lord's-Day, before Muster of a Number of Soldiers in the North-Parish in Danvers, who had enlisted in the publick service of the King and Country, in the intended Expedition. Pubished at the Request of the Hearers. Boston: Printed and sold by S. Kneeland in Queen-Street, 1755. Only edition. 8vo., [4], 29, [1] pp. Lightly foxed, soiled and stained throughout; blank strip at the top of the half-title cut-away. Evans, 7387. ESTC lists the British Library copy only in UK; in USA.Clark exhorts Christians to do their duty to their God and country, including faithful service in the militia.Provenance: On the half-title is the touching inscription: "Aaron Putnam's, Donum Autoris maii die nono; quo tempore sepulta esset eiius filia (nomine) Debora. --- 1755". [A gift of the author on May 9; at which time was buried his daughter (named) Debora". On page 13 there is a manuscript correction to the text - "made" is changed to "much".3: [CLARK, (Peter)]. Remarks on a late pamphlet, intitled, "The opinion of one that has perused the Summer-Morning's Conversation, concerning the doctrine of Original Sin," &c. Detecting and correcting the Mistakes of that Writer. In a Letter to a Friend.Boston: Printed by Edes and Gil., 1758. Only edition. 8vo., 43, [1] pp. Lightly foxed, stained and soiled throughout. Efvans 8102. ESTC lists no copy in the UK; in USA.Clark examines the question whether men, women and children are exposed to the eternal damnation of Hell by original sin. Provenance: Partially cropped ownership inscription at the head of the title: "Aaron Putnam's; ye gift of ye Re[v]d Mr. ... 175[8]".4: PEMBERTON (Ebenezer). Sermons on Several Subjects. Preach'd at the Presbyterian Church in the City of New-York. By E. Pemberton. Boston: by T. Fleet, for Daniel Henchman, 1738. Only edition. [4], 92 [of 94] pp. Lacking the half-title and the final text leaf N2. Title-page soiled, closed tear to the inner gutter of gathering B, closed tear to the foot to D1 (no loss of text). Evans 4295. ESTC lists Bodley only in UK; in USA.Provenance: Faint early ink annotations in Hebrew to the middle of the title-page. Cropped inscription to the head of the second leaf: "Aaron Putnam's book [cropped] / price 4d [?, illegible]". Literature: Gaustad, Edwin S. "Theological effects of the Great Awakening in New England", Mississippi Valley Historical Review vol. 40, no. 4, (March 1954).

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