RARE 1842 The Religious Instruction of Negroes, Savannah imprint


Jones, Charles C. The Religious Instruction of Negroes. In the United States. Savannah: Thomas Purse, 1842. First Edition. 

Blindstamped brown cloth, binding poor with missing backstrip, front board detached, text block complete with clean pp. but starting to split near the center of the book. This had old plastic tape over the spine which we removed, but there is some residue remaining. 5 x 7 3/4 inches, 277 pp., bookplate of Rev. David Fairley, several ink name stamps of an historical society within. Poor. Hardcover.  [ABE1960] $150.00

Recent auction records: $375 (2000); $425 (1990). Only these two copies came up for sale 1990-2000, none since, and before that the last auction record is from 1963. 

The bookplate is that of Rev. David Fairley (b.1830 ; d. 1925), Presbyterian minister, served as chaplain in the 27th N. C. Regiment, 1862-1864.

Charles Colcock Jones, Sr. (1804-1863), b. Liberty County, GA. He prepared for the ministry at Andover Theological Seminary and at Princeton, was pastor of Presbyterian churches in Savannah, GA, and Columbia, SC. Jones served as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Savanah, Georgia (1831–32), professor of church history and polity at Columbia Theological Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina, (1835–38), returned to missionary work in 1839, and was again professor at Columbia Seminary (1847–50). He then moved to Philadelphia and served as corresponding secretary of the Board of Domestic Missions of the Presbyterian Church until 1853, when his health failed and he returned again to Liberty County. Jones spent the remainder of his life supervising his three plantations, Arcadia, Montevideo, and Maybank, while continuing his evangelization of slaves.

Part I. – Historical Sketch of the Religious Instruction of the Negroes from their first Introduction into the Country in 1620 to the year 1842: divided into three Periods. 

Part II. – The Moral and Religious Condition of the Negroes (Degraded moral character; difficulty of gaining insight into the Negro Character; Circumstances which affect their Moral and Religious Condition – childhood, family, access to Scriptures, clothing, mode of living, Marriage, &c.); Moral and Religious Condition (Country Negroes, Ignorance, Superstition, Indifference, Adultery, Uncleanness, Theft, Falsehood, Quarreling and Fighting, Insensibility of Heart, Profane swearing, Drunkenness, Sabbath Breaking, Town and City Negroes, Free Negroes) 

Part III. – Obligations of the Church of Christ to Attempt the Improvement of the Moral and Religious Condition of the Negroes in the United States, by affording them the Gospel. 

Part V. – Means and Plans for promoting and securing the Religious Instruction of the Negroes in the United States.

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