Hartford: H. Huntington, Jr.; Printed by P. Canfield, 1827. Newspaper, 9" x 11". First five issues, 40pp [each issue 8pp]. Caption title [as issued], printed in three columns per page. Disbound, spine of each number reinforced with archival tape. Small archival repair of closed tear at edge of first page. Light spotting, Very Good.
This journal was published at Hartford, Connecticut, from Mar. 26, 1827, until Nov. 2, 1833, at which time it was absorbed by The Churchman. Its motto under each title is "I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel." It was founded and first edited and published by George Washington Doane [1799-1859], later bishop of New Jersey, and William Croswell [1804-1851], clergyman and noted poet. The Prospectus is printed in Number 1. The object of the Watchman was "the increase of useful knowledge, the promotion of virtue, and the dissemination of pure and undefiled religion, with the elucidation and defence of the doctrines, discipline, and worship" of the Church.
These five issues came out around Easter and include prayers and theological pieces on Passion-week, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter. Also included are articles on intemperance, a biography of Bishop Joseph Hall, a biography of Hannah More, progress of Christianity in the South Sea Islands, as well as poetry, ordinations, and death announcements.
Not in American Imprints. OCLC noted four serial runs under two accession numbers, as of April, 2019. Item #35835