Davis, Almond H.
Title THE FEMALE PREACHER, OR THE MEMOIR OF SALOME LINCOLN, AFTERWARDS THE WIFE OF ELDER JUNIA S. MOWRY.
Publisher Providence: Elder J.S. Mowry at the Bookstore of Isaac Wilcox, 5 Market Square. Boston: For sale by D.S. King and Co., No. 1 Cornhill, 1843.
Seller ID 459
16mo. 4" x 6 1/4". [i-iii]iv-viii, 2-162 pp. Brown cloth, elaborately blind stamped. Title and design on spine stamped in gilt. Corners lightly rubbed. Some bumping to head and tail of spine. 1/2" of the cloth on the edge of the front board is faded from top to bottom. Tissue-guarded frontispiece engraving of Salome Lincoln. Very good. The eldest of six children born to Ambrose and Susanna Weston Lincoln, Salome Lincoln was born in Raynham, Massachusetts, grew up in a Christian home, and experienced a religious conversion at age 15. Preaching her first sermon in 1827, she financially supported herself by working in factories. In 1829 she led the weavers at Taunton in a walkout when the owners reduced their wages. Shortly after this event, Lincoln devoted her full time to preaching. As an itinerant minister, she preached 12 revival meetings in Boston and on many occasions at Martha's Vineyard. She married Junia S. Mowry in 1835 and continued to preach occasionally, until she died following complications from the birth of her second child. Almond Davis, who compiled her memoir, presents her as an egalitarian preacher even though she was a member of the Baptist Church. He writes, "Her labors were not confined É to any particular denomination. She was not possessed with narrow contracted sectarian views, it was not congenial with her nature. Whenever, or wherever she found the image of Christ, soul mingled with soul, and to such a one, she felt that she was bound by a chord stronger than earthly, and by ties dearer than those which unite parties, sects and denominations; and with such a one, though she might differ on some minor points, she could heartily join, in carrying forward all the benevolent enterprises of the day. Her's [sic] was a Divine mission; her credentials she received from the Prince of princes, and to his tribunal alone she stood accountable" (92). An important record of an early American female preacher. We find no copies offered at auction in the past 30 years and OCLC only locates Microform copies of this work.