[Willison, John]. A fair and impartial testimony, essayed in name of a number of ministers, elders, and Christian people of the Church of Scotland, unto The laudable Principles, Wrestlings and Attainments of that Church; and Against The Backslidings, Corruptions, Divisions, and prevailing Evils, both of former and present Times. And Namely, The Defections of the Established Church, of the Nobility, Gentry, Commons, Seceders, Episcopalians, &c. Containing a brief historical deduction of the chief occurrences in this church from her beginning to the year 1744, with Remarks; And Humble Pleadings with our Mother, to exert herself to stop Defection, and promote Reformation. Attested and Adhered unto by sundry Ministers. Edinburgh: T. Lumisden and J. Robertson, 1744. First Edition.
Red leather spine & corners, plain boards, “Fair Testimony” in gilt on spine, 6 panels separated by gilt lines. 4 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches, xx. 138 clean pp., errata printed on last page of text. Contemporary bookplate: the letter R encircled by “Nos Nostraque Deo”, salient stag over top. Very good. [ABE2088]
ESTC T95969. The preface signed J. W. The scarce first edition.
John Willison (1680-1750), “influential evangelical Church of Scotland minister and author…His devotional works were among the most widely read during the century; his support of and participation in the Cambuslang and Kilsyth revivals (which latter commenced after his sermon on the way back from Cambuslang) were regarded by many as a guarantee of their evangelical orthodoxy…Wilson’s reputation, however, derives mainly from his devotional works…Willison’s writings provide a major starting point for the understanding of the theological and spiritual preoccupations of evangelical thought in the later eighteenth-century Scottish Church.” – J. R. McIntosh, Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology.