Month: June 2020

A Word in Season or Advice to an Englishman by John Wesley

A Word in Season or Advice to an Englishman” is a 12-page pamphlet by the Rev. John Wesley, dated 1752. Wesley believes that England is under God’s judgment and is about to be destroyed. The last few pages of this pamphlet include a hymn that goes along with this sermon and a poem/prayer concerning His Majesty King George. Wesley warns that England is facing invasion, war abroad, and war within. Full of sin; God’s judgement is falling. Countless Soldiers will die and fall into hell. REPENTANCE is their only solution.

Wesley asks, “Do you ever think? Do you ever consider? If not, tis high time you should. Think a little, before it is too late. Consider what a State you are in. And not you alone, but our whole Nation. We would have War. And we have it. And What is the Fruit? Our Armies broken in Pieces: And Thousands of our Men either killed on the Spot or made Prisoners in one Day. Nor is this all. We have now War at our own Doors: Our own Countrymen turning their Swords against their Brethren…Friend, either think now, or sleep on and take your Rest, till you drop into the Pit where you will sleep no more?”

Wesley goes on to name the current cause of their situation: They are filled to overflowing with SIN in their land and he names them. “Because of these Sins is this Evil come upon us”. He calls for repentance before they and their armies and navy are completely destroyed.

 

This is another period pamphlet that would be excellent to present at any 18th century event. Even though it was published in 1752, it relates to us in America today. The text of this pamphlet is contained on the first seven pages, so it is not too long for our modern ears. It even comes with its own thematic hymn to sing after your presentation. You should also consider getting at least enough of these to pass out to your audiance that attends.  This pamphlet is printed on laid paper and stab-bound together with linen thread.  You may purchase this pamphlet for $9.95 from my online Etsy Store at the following link: Purchase Here

A Collection of Forms of Prayer For Every Day in the Week, 1738.

 

A Collection of Forms of Prayer For Every Day in the Week. Recommended by the Rev. Mr. Whitefield. The Third Edition. Published in London, Printed for James Hutton at the Bible and Sun without Temple-Bar. 1738.

The first paragraph of the Preface to this book lets you know

who should not purchase this book.

Transcript below:

The following Collection of Prayers is designed only for those who, by the Mercy of GOD, have, first, Leisure and Resolution to set apart at least half an Hour twice a Day, for their private Addresses to Him; and, secondly, a sincere Reverence for, if not some Acquaintance with, the Ancient Christian Church. He who has not the former Qualifications, will take Offence at the Length; he who has not the latter, at the Matter of them.

The intention of the Collector of this book (it has no author) is below:

  1. First to have Forms of Prayer for every Day in the Week, each of which contained something of Deprecation, Petition, Thanksgiving, and Intercession:
  2. To have such Forms for those Days which the Christian Church has ever judged peculiarly proper for Religious Rejoicing…explicit and large in Acts of Love and Thanksgiving.
  3. To have such for those Days, which from the Age of the Apostles have been set apart for Religious Mourning…but were full and express in Acts of Contrition and Humiliation.
  4. To have Intercessions every Day, for all those whom our own Church directs us to remember in our Prayers.
  5. To comprise in the course of Petitions for the Week, the whole Scheme of our Christian Duty.

 

This Prayer Book asks several General Questions during the day’s prayers. Some are part of the Morning Prayer times and others the Evening Prayer sessions. The following are just ten examples of these numerous General Questions that are presented to the reader throughout the week.

  1. Have I mention’d any Failing or Fault of any Man, when it was not necessary for the good of another?
  2. Have I laboured to make this Day (Sunday) a Day of Heavenly Rest, sacred to Divine Love?
  3. Did I think of GOD first and last?
  4. Am I resolved to do all the Good I can this Day, to be diligent in the Business of my Calling?
  5. Have I contradicted any one, either where I had no good End in View, or where there was no Probability of Convincing?
  6. Have I let him, I thought in the Wrong [in a trifle] have the last word?
  7. Have I desired the Praise of Men?
  8. Have I despised any one’s Advice?
  9. Have I endeavoured to will what GOD Wills, and that only?
  10. Have I endeavoured to be Cheerful, Mild and Courteous in whatever I said or did?

This 84-page Prayer Book is made up of seven twelve-page signatures and measures about ¼” thick by 4 ¼” wide by 6” tall. It is printed on laid paper and stab-bound together with linen thread.

It cost $10 more to have them covered in period hand-made marbled paper. Your marbled paper will vary from the one above because they are all hand printed and the patterns and colors vary.  You may purchase this book for $45 from my online Etsy Store at the following link:  Purchase Here

The Almost Christian by George Whitefield

The Almost Christian, by the Rev. George Whitefield, was published in 1738. As you can see above, this pamphlet has a cover page.  The sermon speaks of and to the lukewarm pretenders and betrayers of the Christian faith.

 

This sermon is based on ACTS xxvi.28.

Almost thou persuades me to be a Christian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whitefield organizes his exposition into 4 major sections:

  1. Defining the “Almost Christian”
  2. The reasons for their prevalence
  3. The spiritual ineffectualness of lukewarm Christianity
  4. An exhortation for the striving towards altogether Christianity. We could only hope the inward working of God’s Spirit would convict such individuals as they read or listen to this historical piece.

This 28-page stab-bound pamphlet is another fine example of a George Whitefield sermon that helped spur on our 1st Great Awakening. It measures about 4 5/8 inches wide by about 6 inches tall. You may purchase this sermon/pamphlet for $9.95 from on online Etsy Store at the following link:  Purchase Here

John Wesley also wrote a pamphlet by this same title, The Almost Christian. I make replicas of Wesley’s 2nd edition of this pamphlet dated 1743. I would strongly recommend that you purchase and read these pamphlets together. Wesley’s can be purchased for $9.95 from our Etsy Store at the following link: Purchase Here

It was not uncommon for Wesley and Whitefield to argue back and forth in print about their differences in theological. However, they became great friends during their days as students at Oxford and remained so until death.

Tim Platek’s Bibles

Tim Platek sent me this photo of four different Bibles that I have made for him over the years. The black one on the left is his 1611 King James Bible, the next is his 1560 Geneva Bible. The one to the right of that is his 1733 Bible and the pocket size one on the right is his 1782 Bible of the Revolution. Yes, you need large pockets. I really like this photo because I almost never get to see books that I have made for you all together. I have lost track of all of the books that I have made for Tim, because I have been making him books, pamphlets, and other things for years. He has the largest set of my Bibles of anyone thus far. I do appreciate Tim’s support and yours.

Free Grace by George Whitefield

This is the pamphlet, A Letter to the Reverend Mr. JOHN WESLEY In ANSWER to his SERMON ENTITULED, FREE-GRACE by George Whitefield from 1741.  

Whitefield’s Free- Grace pamphlet is a letter of rebuttal to the Rev. John Wesley’s sermon/pamphlet, Free Grace. Wesley’s Free Grace pamphlet was originally preached as a Sermon in Bristol, England in 1739. Be sure to read the two page preface to Whitefield’s pamphlet below:

The complete title of Whitefield’s pamphlet is A Letter to the Reverend Mr. JOHN WESLEY In ANSWER to his SERMON ENTITULED, FREE-GRACE”, By GEORGE WHITEFIELD, A.B. Late of Pembroke-College, Oxford. But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the Face, because he was to be blamed. Gal. II. Ii.

Whitefield’s Free Grace pamphlet is 32-pages in length and measures 4 1/8 inches wide by 6 1/4 inches tall. It is printed on laid paper and stab-bound with linen thread. You may purchase it from my Etsy Store for $9.95 at the following link:  Purchase Here

Since Whitefield’s pamphlet is an answer to Mr. Wesley’s sermon/pamphlet, I recommend that you purchase John Wesley’s Free Grace pamphlet when you purchase this one and read Wesley’s first. Purchase my replica of Wesley’s Free Grace pamphlet from my online Etsy Store at the following link: It is the same price as Whitefield’s.  Purchase Here

After you read these pamphlets, listen to the letter from George Whitefield to John Wesley rebutting Wesley’s pamphlet at the link below. Whitefield and Wesley were lifelong friends and remained so until death.

 

A Calm Address to our American Colonies by John Wesley, 1775

I recommend that you order this pamphlet now so that you will receive it before your INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS begin. It will make for excellent discussions. ~ James

 A Calm Address to our American Colonies was published in London in 1775 by the Rev. John Wesley. It was an attempt by Wesley to try to help us avoid a civil war between brothers.

The quote, in Latin, on the title page of this pamphlet is from the Aeneid, and translates thus:

“Make not, my sons, make not such unnatural wars familiar to your minds;

nor turn the powerful strength of your country against its bowels.”

~ The Aeneid, book VI, lines 832-833

 

Wesley divides the first part of this pamphlet into twelve sections and puts it in the front. Then he places a five-page sermon, preached by Dr. Smith, in Philadelphia, toward the back. The sermon had been recently re-printed in England and had been much admired. Wesley contends that the sermon proceeds all along upon wrong suppositions. Wesley says that they are confuted in the sermon and Wesley touches upon them again.

See a summary of each of the twelve divides of the first part of this pamphlet below:

  1. Has the English Parliament power to tax the American Colonies?
  2. It is the privilege of a Freeman and an Englishman to be taxed only by his own consent.
  3. Every freeman is governed by laws to which he has consented.
  4. You are entitled to life, liberty and property by nature.
  5. They did not by emigration forfeit those privileges.
  6. The Colonies are not represented in the Parliament. They inherit all the right which their ancestors had of enjoying all the privileges of Englishmen.
  7. Colonies have a right to all the privileges granted them by royal charter or secured to them by provincial laws.
  8. The English Parliament has undoubted right to tax all the English Colonies.
  9. We have few men in England who are determined enemies to Monarchy.
  10. All countries are liable to taxes.
  11. If we submit to one tax, more will follow.
  12. Brethren, open your eyes! Come to yourselves! Be no longer the dupes of designing men.

This 24-page pamphlet measures about 4 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches tall. It is printed on laid paper and stab-bound together with linen thread.

You may purchase this pamphlet from my online Etsy Store for $9.95 at the following link:

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Thankfulness For Mercies Received by George Whitefield

This Thankfulness sermon/pamphlet was first preached on May 17, 1738 on the deck of the ship, Whitaker, after a four-month journey from England to Savannah, Georgia. Whitefield’s audience consisted of his fellow passengers who he referred to as “companions and familiar friends…who came with me to sojourn in a strange land”. He specifically addresses the sailors who crewed the ship and the soldiers that were also on board.

The complete title is, Thankfulness For Mercies Received A Necessary Duty. A Farewel Sermon preach’d on Board the Whitaker, at Anchor near Savannah in Georgia, on Sunday May 17, 1738. By George Whitefield, A.B. of Pembroke-College, Oxford. Printed for C. Rivington at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul’s Church-yard, and J. Hutton at the Bible and Sun, next the Rose-Tavern with Temple-Bar. 1739.

This sermon is based on Psalm cvii. 30, 31

Then are they glad because they are at Rest, and so he bringeth them unto the Haven where they would be. O that Men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness, and declare the Wonders that he doeth for the Children of Men!

This is a 24 page pamphlet printed on laid paper and stab-bound together with linen thread. It measures 4 1/2 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches tall. Purchase this pamphlet for $9.95 from our online Etsy Store at the following link: Purchase Here

The Extent and Reasonableness of Self-Denial by George Whitefield

This sermon/pamphlet about Self-Denial is based off Luke ix.23.

And He said unto them all, If any Man will come after me, let him deny himself.

Whitefield divides this sermon into three sections.

  1. First, THE Nature of the Self-denial recommended in the text; and in how many Respects we must deny ourselves, in order to come after JESUS CHRIST.
  2. SECONDLY, I SHALL endeavour to prove the Universality and Reasonableness of this Duty of Self-denial.
  • Thirdly and lastly, I SHALL offer some Considerations, which may serve as so many Motives to reconcile us to, and quicken us in the Practice of this Doctrine of Self-denial.

The full title of this pamphlet is, The Extent and Reasonableness of Self-Denial. A Sermon preached at the Parish Church of St. Andrew, Holborn, on Sunday October 9, 1737. By George Whitefield, A.B. of Pembroke-College, Oxford. Printed for C. Rivington at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul’s Church-yard, and J. Hutton at the Bible and Sun, next the Rose-Tavern with Temple-Bar. 1739.

This is a 24-page pamphlet printed on laid paper and stab-bound together with linen thread. It measures about 4 1/2 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches tall. Purchase this pamphlet for $9.95 from my online ETSY STORE at the following link:  Purchase Here

The Eternity of Hell-Torments by George Whitefield

 

I chose the marbled paper that this pamphlet is lying on because it reminds me of the fiery chaos of Hell.  The Eternity of Hell-Torments sermon/pamphlet is sobering. As the title suggests; it explores the everlasting nature of Hell’s punishment.

The sermon is based on MATTHEW XXV. 46.

“These shall go away into everlasting Punishment.”

Whitefield divides this sermon more informally than most, but does give four arguments to prove his point.

  1. He argues that the torments reserved for the wicked are eternal.
  2. God rewards his saints with everlasting happiness; therefore Gods equally punish sinners with eternal misery.
  3. That torments reserved for the wicked are eternal.
  4. The torments reserved for the wicked are eternal because the Devil’s punishment is to be so.

This is the first sermon/pamphlet that I have scanned from my original 1772 book which is a collection of Whitefield’s sermons preached years earlier. The tile of this book is, “Fifteen Sermons, Preached on Various Important Subjects, By George Whitefield…”. Keep in mind that Whitefield’s sermons helped create the First Great Awakening. I intend to replicate every sermon in this book, if this first sermon is well received and time allows. This one makes the sixteenth Whitefield sermon that I currently replicate.

The complete title is, “The Eternity of Hell-Torments A SERMON Preached at the Parish Church of St. MARY, White-Chapel, LONDON.  By GEORGE WHITEFIELD, A.B. of Pembroke College, OXFORD.

This is a twenty-page sermon/pamphlet that I stab-bind together with linen thread. It is printed on laid paper, and measures about 4 1/2 inches wide by 6 3/8 inches tall.  Purchase this pamphlet for $9.95 from my online Etsy Store at the following link: Purchase Here

Admonition Against Profane and Common Swearing

This “Swearing” pamphlet contains an interesting and compelling sermon on both common profanity and the taking of the Lord’s Name in vain.

The complete title is, An Admonition Against Profane and Common Swearing. In a Letter from a Minister to his Parishioners. To be put privately into the Hands of Persons who are addicted to Swearing.” By the Right Reverend Father in God Edmund Gibson, D.D….dated 1771.

Keep in mind that even The Articles of War Forbid Profane Cursing and Swearing.

The General most earnestly requires, and expects, a due observance of those articles of war, established for the Government of the army, which forbid profane cursing, swearing and drunkeness; And in like manner requires and expects, of all Officers, and Soldiers, not engaged on actual duty, a punctual attendance on divine Service, to implore the blessings of heaven upon the means used for our safety and defence.” – George Washington, General Orders, Head Quarters, Cambridge, July 4, 1775; Fitzpatrick 3:309

Gibson divided his sermon into two sections:
I. Of the Sinfulness of Vain Swearing.
II. Of the Folly of it.

This 24-page sermon/pamphlet is printed on laid paper and stab-bound with linen thread and measures about 4 inches wide by 6 inches tall. The following sentence on the title page immediately sets off multiple conversations and confessions at events.

“To be put privately into the hands of persons who are addicted to swearing.”

Need I say more. This is a fun pamphlet to hand out to your reenacting friends and the public at events. Purchase this pamphlet from my Etsy Store for $9.95 at the following link:  Purchase Here

I also make another “Swearing” pamphlet. It has the curious title of, The Heinous Sin of Profane Cursing and Swearing.   It has the same effect as Gibson’s above. It is by George Whitefield and dated 1739. It is a bit longer and was published several decades earlier. It will work for both the French and Indian War and Rev. War. 

Purchase Whitefield’s “Swearing” pamphlet from our online Etsy Store at the following link:  Purchase Here