Lowell, MA: The Vox Populi Press / Thompson & Hill, 1896. First Edition. Octavo (20.5cm.); publisher's brown cloth, gilt-lettered spine; xviii,586pp.; engraved portrait frontispiece. Tiny tear at spine crown, corners very gently bumped, title page nearly separated, else Very Good and sound.
Posthumously prepared memoirs of Adin Ballou, the Universalist clergyman and abolitionist who founded the utopian Hopedale Community in 1842 as an experiment in "practical Christianity." The original community only boasted thirty-one members, but by 1861, under the leadership of Ebenezer Draper, the membership exceeded 100 and the colony was converted into the Hopedale Manufacturing Company. Believing his creation had become too commercial, Ballou withdrew to devote his efforts to the Hopedale Home School.