Publisher: Philadelphia: American Sunday School Union, (1829).
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Not found in American Imprints, but OCLC records eight copies.
Condition: Binding rubbed; text somewhat browned; lacking the final blank and free endpaper; a good, sound copy.
Book ID: 26142
Description12mo, original black quarter sheep, marbled paper sides, gilt lettering.
Comments¶ An anonymous life of scholar and theologian Philipp Melancthon (1497-1560), issued as one of the many publications of the American Sunday School Union. On the front paste-down in a contemporary hand is written "Hermitage S. School / No 205 / Built & Endowed / by / Gen. Jackson." On the front free endpaper in apparently the same hand is the following notation: “This book was / bought & given by Gen. / And: Jackson to / the S. S. endowed & / built by him at his / plantation 11 miles / from Nashville / Tenn / F. Webber / Nashville, Tenn / June 22/62.” ¶ In 1823 Andrew Jackson donated the property and funds for the building of a church near his middle Tennessee plantation, The Hermitage, which was at first called the Ephesus Church, but was later changed to the Hermitage Church in Jackson's honor. The Hermitage Church thrived, as did the Hermitage Plantation, until after Jackson's death when his son, Andrew, Jr., began selling off Hermitage property and buildings to pay for unsuccessful business ventures. By 1858 the Jacksons had abandoned the Hermitage, and during the Civil War services at the Hermitage Church ceased all together. ¶ Mr. Webber's statement that this book was bought and personally given by Andrew Jackson to the Hermitage Church Sunday School cannot be authenticated, but Webber did own other similar American Sunday School Union imprints from the Hermitage Sunday School library (we had one ten years ago), in which he wrote almost identical notations and dated June 22, 1862. There is little doubt that this book is a rare survival from the Sunday School on Jackson's famous plantation. On the title-page Webber has inscribed the book to his daughter, "Rachel E. Webber / from / Her Father."