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Barber, Daniel. [Catholic worship and piety, explained and recommended in sundry letters, to a very near friend, and others]. Washington City: E. DeKrafft, printer, 1821. 8vo. 40 pp. (lacks title-page). $120.00
Daniel Barber was a member of a prominent New England family and had served as a soldier in the Continental Army. "Born and educated a congregational Dissenter, of the strict puritanic order" (p. 28), he became an Episcopalian minister and was happy and confident in his Anglican faith until he was above 60 years old. Then, after travels during which he saw his first Catholic priest and first Catholic church ever (p. 32), he converted with his entire family to Catholicism: A son and a grandson became Jesuits, and the son's wife, Jerusha, entered the Visitine Order of nuns at Georgetown.
These letters are both personal and polemical, in an interesting mix, and describe Barber's conversion. Includes a series of letters to a friend written for the purpose of tempering anti-Catholic prejudice.
Parsons 664; Shoemaker 4606. Incomplete: Lacks the title-page. Disbound with later sewing, outer corners clipped, a little shallow chipping, last leaf a little irregular at gutter, and once folded both vertically and across. Browned, a little foxing; properly deaccessioned from Georgetown University Library, whose stamp appears on the bottom margin of the final page. (41374) Please RESHELVE This.
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