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Author Name:    BROWN, Andrew, Dr.

Title:   Sermon on the Dangers and Duties of the Seafaring Life; Preached Before the Protestant Dissenting Congregation at Halifax

Publisher:    at the Apollo Press by Belknap and Hall, Boston, 1793, 

Seller ID:   71964

BROWN, Andrew, (Dr.). A Sermon, on the Dangers and Duties of the Seafaring Life; Preached Before the Protestant Dissenting Congregation at Halifax ; and published at the desire of the Marine Society in That Place . Boston: Printed at the Apollo Press, in Boston, by Belknap and Hall, Dock Square, andfor sale at the Boston Bookstore, no. 59, Cornhill, 1793. Pp. [1]-43,(1), including covers. 8vo, printed brown self wraps. Not in TPL. For Belknap & Hall, see Franklin, Boston Printers, Publishers, and Booksellers: 1640-1800, pp.24-28. For Brown (1763-1834) see DCB: VI: 87-89.. "Son of a weaver, Andrew Brown grew up with the Industrial Revolution and the Scottish Enlightenment. A precocious child, he matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1776, at the age of 13, and from then until he was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Biggar in 1786 he studied at both Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh. In 1787, before he had received his divinity degree, he decided to leave Scotland to take up an appointment as minister of St Matthew’s Church in Halifax. [...] Described by Bishop Charles Inglis as 'an ingenious young man from Scotland with amiable manners,' he was a brilliant preacher and a leading figure in intellectual and social circles." - from the DCB. A sermon preached by Dr. Brown, before the Protestant Dissenting Congregation in Halifax, Nova Scotia (the oldest such congregation in Canada), prepared while he was at sea, and largely inspired by Psalm 107, verse 23-33, which deals with seamen witnessing God's creation of the natural "wonders of the deep". "For he commandeth and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof... He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still." "In a seaport town, where many have concerns on the ocean, and are employed in ships, it will not surely be reckoned too great an encroachment on the rights of general instruction, to bestow a particular discourse on the seafaring life; especially when we consider that none of the works of God are indifferent to any of his people, and that the practical instructions deducible from the present subject, will, in a great measure, be equally applicable to all." - from p. 8. The half-title (which also serves as the front cover) reads "Dr. Brown's Sermon, on the Dangers and Duties of the Seafaring Life". This sermon was also printed by John Howe in Halifax in the same year. Spine chipped, nicking to edges of covers, chip to bottom right-hand corner of pp. 15-16 (not affecting text), marginal foxing throughout (though more prevalent to the initial and final leaves), smudging to front cover and brown discolouration to rear cover, name and number inked tofront, else very good. 750.00


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