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Historical Discourse Delivered on the Occasion of the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Upper Octorara Presbyterian Church, Chester County, Pennsylvania, September 14, 1870

by J. Smith Futhey 

FIRST EDITION. Philadelphia, PA: Henry B. Ashmead, 1870.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD- condition.

  • Volume displays commensurate overall wear and aging to covers and interior.
  • Red boards exhibit notable overall rubbing, with exposed boards at corners. (See photos)
  • Boards have blind-tooled lines along edges, identical on both sides.
  • Spine features gilt lettering, and is sunned as well as notably rubbed.
  • Spine ends are softened, and are fraying.
  • Binding is secure, with a little play. Front hinge emits a light cracking sound when book is opened, yet no cracking is apparent.
  • Illustrations, including frontis piece, are only lightly and mostly marginally affected by some smudges, and all exhibit gentle commensurate toning. (See photos)
  • Illustrations are protected behind opaque tissue guards that show some offsets.
  • Front fep has previous owner presentation, in pencil, dated 1900. (See photos)
  • Interior is gently toned throughout, and displays occasional foxing and smudges. (See photos)
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Textblock edges display commensurate toning and wear.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20190703

184 pages. 6 x 9.25 inches.

Presbyterianism became, in the history of Pennsylvania, the primary force in religion in Pittsburgh and  the whole of the western part of the state. It is then no wonder that the history of Presbyterian churches in Pennsylvania is a key element in the history of the state. This is an account of the celebration of the Upper Octorara Presbyterian, on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. It is complete with a list of the successive pastors, an order of exercises, the correspondence of its members, as well as an appendix containing such important information as names of earliest members, pewholders, list of subscribers, etc. 

Includes an appendix with Church Organization, a List of Surnames of the earliest Members, a Patent for Church Lands, the Names of Pewholders, a List of Subscribers to rebuilding of Graveyard Wall in 1790, first Call given to Rev. James Latta, Charter of Incorporation, List of Trustees, List of Persons buried in the Old "New Side" Graveyard, List of Persons buried in Upper Octorara Graveyard, and Surnames of Members of Congregation, 1870.

The many names referenced from this church in Chester County, PA could prove helpful for genealogy research.

PROVENANCE: Presentation notation on page facing half title, dated 1900.

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