TOMPSON, Edward (1665-1705)
Heaven the Best Country: Being Some of the Last Meditations and Discourses of that Faithful Servant of Jesus Christ
Philadelphia: Edward C. Biddle, 1715. 16mo. (5 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches). Titlepage, ii (preface), 76pp. Lacks the first 8 pages. 2 signatures of Hannah Storer, one dated 1745.
Full speckled sheep over wooden boards.
Edward Tompson was a minister successively of Simsbury and Newsbury in Connecticut and Marshfield, Massachusetts. The preface is signed by "Neh. Hobert, Zech. Whitman, Peter Thacher, John Norton, John Danforth, and Nath. Eells." "Behold a most lively and lovely map of the heavenly country, by the kind Providence of our Lord Jesus Christ, is here presented, drawn by the hand and heart of a faithful and skilful man of God, while he was on top of the Mount, in the clear view of, and just entering into that gracious and holy land of Promise...In conversation, being holy, humble, meek, patient, sober, temperate, blameless, diligent, useful, and going about doing of good: so living desired, and dying lamented. Behold we here, a signal instance, wherein the Lord hath dispensed his rich grace in an hereditary way! For this author's grandfather was renowned in England, Virginia, and New England, for a worthy confessor of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a seraphical minister and pastor of the Church of Braintrey, of which church afterwards our author's father was for many years a deacon, of excellent virtue, and exemplary holiness."
Evans 1588 (1712 edition).