We recently received from Robert Peters, Jr. two hymnals which came from the collection of his late brother, Frank. The first book is The Christian Hymn Book, being a Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs. It was compiled by the Executive Committee of the Ohio Christian Book Association. This volume is the Seventh Edition, printed at the Office of the Gospel Herald by John Ellis, 1859. The copyright statement listed is "Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1844, by Isaac N. Walter, in the Clerk's office for the District of Ohio". Elder Walker (1805-1856) was one of the leading ministers of the Christian Denomination in the West, was the long-time secretary of the Ohio Central Christian Conference, and assisted in establishing and publishing The Gospel Herald, a religious periodical in Ohio. The preface details the reasons for publishing this hymnal: "As far as our acquaintance extends, a large majority of Christians in the West have decided, that the hymn-books in use among us are deficient, either in arrangement of variety; and in some instances, in the sentiment contained in hymns." You can read more about the life of Isaac N. Walter in his memoir.
The second is A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship. This volume is the Second Edition, stereotyped by E. White, New York, and printed by Abraham Paul, No. 72 Nassau Street, 1824. The connection to the Christian denomination is the gold embossed words on the front cover, "North Christian Society" and "Pulpit" embossed on the back cover. Mr. Peters believes this book may have been used by his paternal grandfather, who served as minister at the North Christian Church in New Bedford, MA from 1909-1917.
The Christians were a small but vigorous group, a product of the religious revivals of the late 1700s and early 1800s. They united with the Congregationalists in 1931. More information about the Christians can be found on our website.
Thank you to Rob Peters for adding to our collection.