Winchester: Printed for the Publishers by J. Foster, 1819. Edition not stated. Octavo (17cm); contemporary full calf, dark brown, title on spine; 232pp. Boards warped; leather shows surface rubbing and abrasions, scratches and bumps; spots of delamination; large "F" carved into front; material loss at crown of spine. Textblock comprehensively foxed, with creases and dampstains, some torn corners and pulled signatures; juvenile marginalia throughout preliminaries; hinges somewhat loose but bindings otherwise sound. A Good copy.
An account of the life of Reverend James Ireland, portions as dictated to his secretary on his own deathbed. He was born in Scotland, 1748—a self-described wicked man, he eventually converted to the Baptist faith and went to Virginia, where the Church of England reigned supreme. Ireland continued preaching as a Baptist, despite risking arrest; he even spent time in a Culpeper County jail. Eventually, he settled down in the Shenandoah Valley, teaching and preaching the faith throughout Virginia (and enduring a strange episode where his servants attempted to poison him) until he passed away in 1806.