William and Mary Ewing Hymn Book
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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, London, A. Millar, 1788
IN THREE BOOKS.
I. Collected from the Scriptures.
II. Compofed on Divine Subjects
III. Prepared for the Lord's Supper
BY I. WATTS, D. D.
REVELATION V. 9.
And they fang a new Song, saying, Thou art worthy, & c.
for thou wadt flain, and haft redeemed us, & c.
So IIti effent (i. e. Chriftiani) convenire, carmenque Chrifto quasi
Deo dicere. Plinius in Epifi.
A NEW EDITION.
PRINTED FOR A. MILLAR, W. LAW, & R. CATER
And T. WILSON and R. SPENCE, YORK.
Watts Hymns,Etc.,New Edition,published in
London in 1788. The author's preface is
dated March 3,1720,up to which time six
editions appear to have been published.
Isaac Watts,the author,was born at South-
This book,it will be noticed,has been di-
vided about the middle,then rebound with
one half of it upside down,so that the
title page is now found at about the mid-
dle of the book.
This book,in my judgment,was a companion
to the old bible (40) of William and Mary
McNeill Ewing,used by them in Virginia and
brought by them to Ohio in 1810. The date
of its publication (1788) was just two
years after the marriage of William and Mary
Ewing. Apparently they were church people
from the start (likely Methodist Episcopal).
The book "looks its age". It was sent to me
April 23,1900,by Phinneas H.Holcomb,a lawyer,
of Butler,Mo. I was then having correspond-
ence with him about the "Indian" John Ewing
descendants,of which he was one. Said John
Ewing was his grandfather or great grand-
father (I cannot state which at this writing)
and he wrote me that he had in his possess-
ion an old Watts Hymnbook that once belonged
to my great grandfather,William Ewing,and
that he would send it to me. Just how he be-
came possessed of it,I do not now recall,but,
as the Holcombs used to live in Gallia Co.O.
only a few miles from the William Ewing home,
and since William Ewing died about three
years before his brother John died,it is
probable that John Ewing had the book at his
death and that the Holcombs took or kept
possession of it. The name "William Ewing"
(rather "Wm Ewing" plainly appears on inside
Cover,and "price,7 shils". Other scribbling
[signed] A. E. Ewing 2-23-1937
Price 7 shils.
[other faded handwriting, not readable]
[what appears to be part of an envelope]
[printed return address:] P. H. Holcomb,
Attorney at Law.
Office on South Main Street, near residence, and
On West Side Square
[sticker, sideways:] 57
[printed:] Butler, Missouri, [handwritten:] April 23rd [printed:] 190 [handwritten:] 00