Cincinnati, Ohio: Published by J. B. Elliott, 51 Fourth Street, 1860. 1st Printing. 16 pp. 8vo. 9-3/8" x 6". Original publisher's printed brownish grey paper wrappers, stitched. Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. General wear & soiling, with a bit of edge chipping to covers, which are beginning to detach at top. An About VG copy. Item #49963
Wilson was born in Cincinnati in June, 1818. He served as co-pastor of the 1st Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati from 1842 - 1846, then assumed full pastor duties until 1861. Thereafter, he led a church in Louisville KY, where it has been thusly recorded regarding his efforts: "One of the ablest divines of the Presbyterian church during the most critical years of its growth in the 19th century was the Reverend Samuel R. Wilson, D.D., of Louisville. For 14 years from March 12, 1865, to December 9, 1878, he was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in that city. His high character, unflinching courage, varied learning, masterful intellect, and extraordinary oratorical and argumentative powers, as well as his entire devotion to the exacting duties of his high calling, have been universally recognized by all who knew him or felt the influence of his commanding personality during his long and useful ministry. Richard H. Collins, the Kentucky historian, has said of him that he was 'one of the ablest men in the pulpit and one of the greatest in controversy in the State of Kentucky'
and that 'he and his co-laborers in the same city made the Presbyterian pulpit of Louisville for years by far the ablest in any city in the United States, New York possibly excepted.'" [HISTORY Of KENTUCKY And KENTUCKIANS, E. Polk Johnson, Vol. III, p. 1255].
This sermon preached by Wilson on November 18th, 1860, whereat he expresses the prevailing question of the times, i.e., this work is "respectively dedicated to the sons of those whose Pioneer hands founded these Central States, the borders of which are washed by the waters of the Ohio, and upon whom rest, in great measure, the ultimate decision of the question whether the Republic shall be preserved in its original integrity, or perish in the strife of contending factions."
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