Nashville: Union and America Steam Press, 1854. 8vo. 220 x 135 mm., (8 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches). 276 pp. Original brown cloth; joints and hinges strengthen with expert paper repair.; foxed but sound and not unattractive.
First edition. Ferguson a noted minister in Nashville, Tennessee with a congregation of over 1500 souls, found through experience the way to spiritualism. His text recounts his evolution from establishment minister with a significant following to his communication with the spirit world and the change in thought about an individuals’ relation with God and salvation. The text includes numerous narratives describing his transformation and later, the transformation of many of his followers. Communication with the spirit-sphere challenged almost many of the tenants of 19th century American Protestantism and as a result, Ferguson lost most of his flock and his standing in the community of ministers in Nashville. For biographical information on Ferguson see:
http://www.therestorationmovement.com/_states/tennessee/ferguson,jessieb.htm. Item #405