The Christian’s Manual; Containing Some Thoughts on the following Subjects, viz. I.—On the Articles of the Christian Faith…II.—On Baptism…III.—On the Lord’s Supper. IV.—On Prayer…V.—On Civil Government…to which is added, A part of a celebrated Sermon, on the neglect of Public Worship. ...


Volume of doctrinal and practical theology by Hezekiah Packard, a 1787 graduate of Harvard College, Revolutionary War soldier, and clergyman. The book includes a sermon preached by Rev. Packard on the public worship of the Congregational church.

As an assistant to Harvard College Librarian Isaac Smith Jr. (1749–1829), Packard helped to prepare the third printed catalog of the library, published in 1790.¹ In 1794, while ministering in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Packard founded the town’s first social library.

“[Packard] was the founder of the Bible society of Lincoln county, Maine, and of the Eastern Evangelical society, an overseer of Bowdoin college, 1802-13, and a member of the board of trustees, 1813-30. He was liberal Congregationalist, being classed in Sprague’s ‘Annals’ as a ‘Trinitarian-Unitarian.’”²


Description: The Christian’s Manual; Containing Some Thoughts on the following Subjects, viz. I.—On the Articles of the Christian Faith…II.—On Baptism…III.—On the Lord’s Supper. IV.—On Prayer…V.—On Civil Government…to which is added, A part of a celebrated Sermon, on the neglect of Public Worship. ...

84pp. 12mo. Amherst, NH: Samuel Preston, March 1801. Original sheep-backed blue paper covered boards. Very good.

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Shaw & Shoemaker 1084. Notes. 1. Collection: Early Catalogs and Shelflists of the Harvard College Library | HOLLIS accessed online. 2. Hezekiah Packard b.1761 MA accessed online.


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