Monday, July 25, 2016

About Customs of Primitive Churches and Morgan Edwards

I've been posting excerpts from Customs of Primitive Churches by Morgan Edwards. Here's a little information I've gleaned online regarding Edwards and his book.

Some comments about Morgan Edwards’s book, from Catalogue of the American Library of the Late Mr. George Brinley of Hartford, Conn., Parts IV-V, Hartford, CT: Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co, 1886, page 23
  “A fine copy of this Excessively Rare book--a complete directory of Baptist order and practice. It is not named in the Am. Antiq. Society's Catalogue of Ante-Revolutionary Publications, and its title has escaped Mr. Sabin. Dr. Sprague (Baptist Annals, p. 84) mentions it, among the publications of Morgan Edwards but, probably, has not seen it. Mr. Brinley's copy has, on the title-page, the autograph of (the Rev. Dr.) ‘J. Jenkins. The gift of ye Supposed Author, the Revd Morgan Edwards of Philadelphia, 1768.’
  “The directory, with scripture proofs and historical narratives, of the rites of washing feet, the love feast, and anointing the sick, are of special interest to Baptist ecclesiologists. The musical notes, as well as the words, of the hymns appropriate to these rites, to the gathering of a church, ordination of officers, marriages, funerals, etc. are given in connection with the historical narratives.”

Some books that mention Customs of Primitive Churches

  • A Global Introduction to Baptist Churches, Robert E. Johnson, New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2010, p. 87
  • Baptists and Mission: Papers from the Fourth International Conference on Baptist Studies, Ian M. Randall, Anthony R. Cross, editors, Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2007, p. 124
  • Catalogue of the American Library of the Late Mr. George Brinley of Hartford, Conn., Parts IV-V, Hartford, CT: Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co, 1886, Vol. 4, pp. vii, 23; Index, p. 22
  • "I Will Sing the Wondrous Story": A History of Baptist Hymnody in North America, David W. Music, ‎Paul A. Richardson, Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2008 pp. vii, 85-86, 122-123, 243-246
  • Minutes of the Philadelphia Baptist Association, from A.D. 1707- to A.D. 1807, A. D. Gillette, editor, Philadelphia, PA: American Baptist Publication Society, 1851, pp. 132, 141
  • The Making of the Primitive Baptists: A Cultural and Intellectual History of the Anti-Mission Movement, 1800-1840, James R. Mathis, New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 24-27
  • "The Peculiar Welsh Piety of The Customs of Primitive Churches" by Wm. Lloyd Allen in Distinctively Baptist Essays on Baptist History: A Festschrift in Honor of Walter B. Shurden, Marc A. Jolley, John D. Pierce, editors, Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2005, pp. 151-192
  • "The Philadelphia Baptist Association and the Question of Authority," by Gerald Priest in Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal (2007): pp. 71-72
  • Women Deacons and Deaconesses: 400 Years of Baptist Service, Charles W. Deweese, Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2005, pp. 60-61
Referencing these books that mention Customs doesn't mean I agree with all their conclusions.

Some writings of Morgan Edwards
  • A farewel discourse delivered at the Baptist meeting in Rye: On February 8, 1761. And printed by them that heard it, in testimony of their affection to their late minister. Morgan Edwards, Dublin: S. Powell, 1761
  • A sermon, preached, in the college of Philadelphia, at the ordination of the Rev'd. Samuel Jones, A.B By Morgan Edwards, A.M. Minister of the Baptist Church in the said city. To which are annexed, a narrative of the ordination; and, a charge delivered on the occasion. Philadelphia, PA: Printed by Andrew Steuart, 1763
  • Materials towards a History of the American Baptists: in XII volumes. Philadelphia, PA: Joseph Crukshank and Isaac Collins, 1770
  • Materials towards a History of the Baptists in Delaware state. Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott, 1885
  • Materials towards a History of the Baptists in Jersey: distinguished into Firstday Baptists, Seventhday Baptists, Tuncker Baptists, Rogerene Baptists: Vol. II. Philadelphia, PA: Thomas Dobson, 1792
  • Materials towards a History of the Baptists in Pennsylvania both British and German distinguished into Firstday Baptists, Keithian Baptists, Seventhday Baptists, Tuncker Baptists, Mennonist Baptists. Philadelphia, PA: Joseph Crukshank and Isaac Collins, 1770
  • Res Sacrae: an Academical Exercise composed in Latin in the year 1742; and now translated into English, Morgan Edwards, Philadelphia, PA: Prichard and Hall, 1788
  • Two Academical Exercises on subjects bearing the following titles: Millennium, Last-novelties, Morgan Edwards, Philadelphia, PA: Dobson and Lang, 1788
Books or writings about Morgan Edwards
  • A Dazzling Enigma: The Story of Morgan Edwards, Howard R. Stewart, Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1995
  • "Morgan Edwards," by L. W Hähnlen in The Dictionary of Baptists, Bill J. Leonard, editor, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1994, pp. 111-112
  • "Morgan Edwards," by John S. Moore in Encyclopedia of Southern Baptists, Davis C. Woolley, editor, Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1971, pp. 
  • "Morgan Edwards: First Historian of American Baptists," by Dean H. Ashton in The Chronicle, (Journal of the American Baptist Historical Society), Vol. XIV, No. 2, April 1951, pp. 70-79
  • "Rev. Morgan Edwards" in The Baptist Encyclopaedia, William Cathcart, editor, Philadelphia, PA: Louis H. Everts, 1883, (p. 362)
  • The Life and Works of Morgan Edwards, Thomas R. McKibbens and Kenneth L. Smith, New York, NY: Arno Press, 1980
Grave of Morgan Edwards

Morgan Edwards is buried at Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA.


Unknown said...


Two books I've read in the past year may be of interest.

(1) Ancient Christian Worship: Early Church Practices in Social, Historical, and Theological Perspective, by Andrew McGowan

(2) The Patient Ferment of the Early Church, by: Alan Kreider

I have found both of them to be helpful.

R. L. Vaughn said...

Thanks, Will. I was impressed by James Juhnke's review of the latter at