Title: Eccentric Preacher : or A Sketch of the Life of the Celebrated Lorenzo Dow,Abridged from his Journal; and containing the Most Interesting Facts in hi s Experience. Also, an abridgement of his celebrated Chain! and of his Curious Thoughts on Matrimony!
Publisher:  E. A. Rce & Co., Lowell [Mass.], 1841,
Seller ID: 112981
DOW, Lorenzo. The Eccentric Preacher : or A Sketch of the Life of the Celebrated Lorenzo Dow, Abridged from his Journal; and containing the Most Interesting Facts in his Experience. Also, an abridgement of his celebrated Chain! and of his Curious Thoughts on Matrimony! Lowell [Massachusetts] : E. A.Rce & Co., 1841. Pp (2),[iii]-vii,(1),-204,(2). 8vo, green pressed clot h, gilt lettering to spine. Covers worn and a bit soiled, spine ends and corners worn, waterstaining and foxing to throughout, lacking first page (presumably a blank), with bookseller's ticket to front pastedown (the publisher and bookseller are the same), else good. Lorenzo Dow (October 16, 1777 – February 2, 1834) was an eccentric itinerant American evangelist, said to have preached to more people than any other preacher of his era. He became an important figure in the Second Great Awakening and a popular writer. His autobiography at one time was the second best-selling book in the United States, exceeded only by the Bible. Contents : I. Lorenzo's birth, parentage and education - Early religious impressions - The lottery prize - An affliction - A dream - Awakening - Tempted to commit suicide - First acquaintancewith the Methodists - Hope Hull - His conversion - Subsequent trials. II. Lorenzo's impressions about preaching - Declining health - Offers his firstsocial prayer - Begins to exhort more mental trials - A frightful dream - Dream of the beautiful stalk - Of a lost soul - He preaches at various places - Is nearly frozen to death - Opposition - is equipped for travelling byhis uncle - Visits R. Island and Massachusetts - Preaches on Warren Circui t - His dismission - His grief - Visits New Hampshire - Was rejected by theConference - Preaches on Orange Circuit - Travels and labors in New Hampsh ire - Opposition - Temptations - Labors successfully - Joins the Methodist Conference, but is refused a place on the minutes - His poverty - Providential supply - Preaches in New York - Great excitements - Pays a woman for praying - A rash promise - A powerful Quarterly meeting - The escape - Dangerous illness. III. Success in various places - A rash youth - Preaches from the word of the devil - Anecdotes - His health fails him - His visit to hisnative town - Determines to go to Ireland - Voyage to Quebec - Persecution on ship-board - The press gang - Unexpected friends - Sails from Quebec - The voyage - Arrival in Ireland - His reception in Dublin - Opposition - Preaches to the soldiers - The last shilling - Visits Belfast and Larne - Preaches in several villages - The magistrate - Returns to Dublin - Boisterouspassage - His labors in adjoining towns - Interview with Dr. Coke - Remark s. IV. Lorenzo taken very sick - A new friend - Preaches in Dublin - Is offered a razor to take off his beard - Extensive travels in Ireland - Anothermagisterial examination - Visits Cork - Discouragements- Sells his watch - Returns to Dublin - The letter Its reception - He warns all Dublin by prin ted handbills - Another preaching excursion - Leaves Ireland - Reception inAmerica - Is appointed to Dutchess circuit - Opposition and success - Remo val - Quits his circuit - Sails to Savannah - Reception - Andrew, the blackpreacher - Further travels - The unfinished meeting-house - Returns to New York - Remarks. V. Another severe illness - Goes to Connecticut - Meets wi th Calvin Wooster - Receives a great blessing - Travels extensively - Meetswith the Bishops - Visits New York City - Destitution - A friend - A long tour in the North - Starts for Georgia with twenty-five cents in his purse - Travels in the South - Journey to Natchez - Attack from Indians - Escape - His wretched ap pearance - Is recommended by the Governor of Georgia - The jerks described - His opinion of the jerks - Visits Virginia - Preaches on the pillory - His mother's death - Returns to New England - Visits Bostonand vicinity - Puts his journal to press - Camp-meeting at Weston - Excite ment - Remarks. VII. Mr Dow's remarks on a happy pair in Ireland - On marriage in general - Meets with "Peggy" - His courtship - Absence - Return - Courtship renewed - His marriage. VII. Another Southern tour - More about thejerks - Visits Natchez - The Devil outwitted - Revival at a Campmeeting - Narrow escape - A dream - Discourage ments - The Local preacher's daughter - Returns to Western - Another Camp-meeting - Visits Boston, Salem and vicinity - Tour through New-Hampshire and Vermont, and return. VIII. A journey to North Carolina and return - Change in the spirit of his Journal - Anecdote - Old Sam's Monument - Bob Sample - Embarks with Mrs Dow for England - Lands in Liverpool - Discouraging reception - Friends raised up - Preaches in Zion's Chapel - Is repulsed by the Wesleyans - Visits London - Manchester- Dr Adam Clarke - Views of the Wesleyana respecting Mr Dow - Passage to D ublin - A joyful Meeting - Tour in the North of England - Returns to Ireland - Sham Worship - A Sod Chapel - Dublin Mobs - Birth of a daughter - More mobs - Mr and Mrs Dow visit Liverpool - The Deist - The Calvinist discovered - Extreme sickness of Mrs Dow - Another Irish tour - Death of his child -Mr Averill's history - Mr Dow's reflections on church music - On formal re ligion Impressions. IX. Preparations for return to America - Difficulties -Irish Emigrants - Arrival at New Bedford - A tour to Virginia and return t o Connecticut - Pecuniary difficul ties - Journey to the South - A hut in aMississippi swamp - A journey through the woods - Arrival in Virginia - Mr s Dow's sickness - A lawyer's insult - Preaches in Washington - Puts his works to press - Visits Connecticut - A friend's queries - Another tour to Natchez - Close of his journal - Remarks - His opposition to Masonry, Catholicism and Methodism - Remarks - His death. Covers worn and a bit soiled, spine ends and corners worn, waterstaining and foxing to throughout, lacking first page (presumably a blank), with bookseller's ticket to front pastedown(the publisher and bookseller are the same), else good. 60.00