A New Guide for Emigrants to the West, Containing Sketches of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, with the Territories of Wisconsin and Arkansas, and the Adjacent Parts

A New Guide for Emigrants to the West, Containing Sketches of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, with the Territories of Wisconsin and Arkansas, and the Adjacent Parts

Peck, J. M.; [Peck, John Mason]

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Place Published: Boston
Publisher: Gould, Kendall & Lincoln
Date Published: 1836
Edition: First Edition Thus
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Very good
Book Id: 670

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A Very Good copy of the first edition thus in the Publisher's original green cloth with the boards and spine decorated in blind and the spine lettered in gilt, being expanded beyond the 1831 edition (some general surface wear to the boards and spine, small rubs through at the bottom corners and board bottoms, tiny rubs to the upper corners, some modest staining to the rear board, scattered foxing to the pages). An American Baptist Minister to America's western frontier as well as a prominent staunch opponent of Slavery, Peck became a missionary to the Missouri Territory (in partnership with James Ely Welch and arrived in St. Louis in December, 1817, where they organized the First Baptist Church of St. Louis. When funding for the mission was cut off, Peck, determined to continue his missionary work in the west, refused to return east. He established Bible Societies and was active in distributing bibles. Peck's preaching helped Illinois Governor Edward Coles defeat efforts to revise Illinois' constitution to permit slavery, and, when black Baptists in St. Louis sought to establish their own church, Peck aided their efforts and helped them establish the African Church of St. Louis (later renamed the First Baptist Church of St. Louis), of which 200 of the 220 original members were slaves, and Peck Peck ordained young freeman John Berry Meachum as the congregations Pastor. He went on to assist in establishing over 900 Baptist churches. A notable book by a notable preacher and anti-slavery advocate.


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