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Blair, Samuel:

A FUNERAL DISCOURSE, DELIVERED IN THE THIRD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, ON THE 17TH DAY OF NOVEMBER, ON OCCASION OF THE DEATH OF THE REV. DR. JOHN B. SMITH, LATE PASTOR OF SAID CHURCH, WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE, ON THE 22ND OF AUGUST, 1799.

Printed by W.W. Woodward, Philadelphia: 1799 8vo. [2], 38pp, lacks the half title. Disbound, light waterstain running through outer margin, last four pages detached but present. Good. John Blair Linn (1777-1804) was a poet and clergyman, and studied law under Alexander Hamilton. However, he soon abandoned his law studies to become a licensed preacher and he accepted a call from the First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia. "Despite ill health and heavy parochial duties, he wrote much and planned much that he was unable to write." (DAB). Linn, Blair, and Smith were all related. The Preface to Blair's Discourse discusses the "perturbed state of the city, and the emigration of a great number of the inhabitants, in consequence of the expected prevalency of the Yellow-Fever." Page 38 prints a poem "written a few days after the mournful event" of Dr. Smith's death. Evans 35212. NAIP w012285.


Book Id: 20835

Price: $125.00

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