A Letter to Rev. Ansel D. Eddy, of Canadaigua, N.Y. On the Narrative on the Narrative of the Late Revivals of Religion, In the Presbytery of Geneva (Burned Over District)
Place Published: Williamstown
Publisher: Printed by Ridley Bannister
Date Published: 1832
Book Id: 29547
12pp. Octavo [21.5 cm] Unbound and side stitched. Fine. In this short work by the then president of William & Mary, Griffin, writes to commend Eddy on his faithful religious interpretations and practices, while taking exception to some of the religious revivals in the area. This region of western New York at the time was a hotbed of religious fervor earning the nick name of the "Burned Over District." Eddy's congregation in Canadaigua was only a short fifteen miles from Joseph Smith's Palmyra, and although Smith is not mentioned by name, it is not hard to see the correlation's between Griffin's writings and the fledgling Mormon faith of the time. On an unrelated (but interesting note) Griffin's daughter would marrry the eldest surviving son of Ethan Smith.
American Imprints 12741. Mormon Parallels 170