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The Pioneer Preacher: Incidents of Interest, and Experiences in the Author's Life
by Sherlock Bristol
University of Illinois Press, 1989
Paper: 978-0-252-06091-5 | Cloth: 978-0-252-01666-0
Library of Congress Classification BX7260.B67A3 1989
Dewey Decimal Classification 285.80924

      Originally published in 1887,
        The Pioneer Preacher is a lively account of a Congregationalist
        minister's attempts to lead a sin-free existence on the American frontier.
      Sherlock Bristol (1815-1906)
        was a California gold miner, wagon train captain, Wisconsin farmer, Idaho
        rancher, Indian fighter, abolitionist, and Oberlin-trained clergyman.
        While serving a series of churches in the East, he periodically cured
        himself of "nervous disorders" by journeying out West. He only
        broke the Sabbath once---during an Indian attack!
      Reflecting in his memoirs
        the exploits of Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett, Bristol delights in recounting
        his adventures, ecclesiastical or otherwise. He vividly recalls his redemption
        in the wilderness where he enjoyed having "little opportunity for
        reading books or mental exercise, and an abundance of calls for muscular
        employment." Greatly influenced by the evangelist Charles G. Finney
        at Oberlin, Bristol tried to teach miners and frontiersmen the principles
        of revivalism, postmillennialism, and perfectionism. In The Pioneer
        Preacher he shares his own disputatious views on abolition, American
        Indians, temperance, and other issues of his day.

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