Episcopal Church. Divine services will be held in St. Thomas’, (Episcopal,) Church, Hanover N.H., on Sunday, [in manuscript:] Sept. 27, 1868—Rev’d Dr. Craik of Louisville Kentucky will officiate. Sept. 26, 1868.
Post-Civil War New Hampshire broadside for a sermon by a prominent Kentucky Unionist
A Kentuckian in New Hampshire. Unrecorded broadside announcing the date of a sermon on September 27, 1868, by prominent Kentucky minister and Civil War Unionist, Rev. Dr. James Craik (1806–1883).
Craik was the grandson of George Washington’s personal physician and Surgeon General of the United States Army, James Craik (c.1727–1814). Rev. Dr. Craik was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1841 and served briefly in Charleston, South Carolina before being called to Christ Church in Louisville, Kentucky. “A prolific author, Craik was vigorously involved in contemporary theological debates. As the Civil War and Secession loomed on the horizon, he was an outspoken proponent for preserving the Union, and spoke to the Kentucky legislature on the matter. However, he did not have to test his loyalties as many in the Confederate states did. After Confederate General Leonidas Polk– also the Bishop of Louisiana– mounted a failed attack on Kentucky, the state petitioned for Union control, and the Diocese of Kentucky remained in the Union.”¹
This post-Civil War broadside from Hanover, New Hampshire announces that Rev. Dr. Craik will preach the next day in St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church there. A memorial to Craik, published at his death notes that “[a]s a preacher he was learned and philosophical; sound in doctrine and earnest in delivery.”²
Description: Episcopal Church. Divine services will be held in St. Thomas’, (Episcopal,) Church, Hanover N.H., on Sunday, [in manuscript:] Sept. 27, 1868—Rev’d Dr. Craik of Louisville Kentucky will officiate. Sept. 26, 1868.
[Likely Hanover, New Hampshire, c.1868]. p. Broadside. 9½ x 12 inches. Partly printed; completed in manuscript. Folds; pin holes, likely from contemporary use, in corners; very good.
No copies in OCLC. Note. 1. James Craik | The Archives of the Episcopal Church accessed online. 2. To the Memory of James Craik. D.D., LL.D. Rector of Christ Church, Louisville, A.D. 1844 A.D. 1882. (Louisville, 1882), p9.