by [WEBB, Mary (1779-1861)] John TILLOTSON (1630-1694).
Edinburgh and Glasgow:: Printed for G. Hamilton & J. Balfour, W. Sands, J. Trail, W. Miller, and J. Brown, A. Stalker, and T. Glas, 1748., 1748. VOL. V ONLY [of 10]. 8vo. v, , 447,  pp. Original full calf, 5 raised bands, gilt-stamped red leather spine label; worn. Ownership signature of Mary Webb (see below) to title-page and free front end-paper. Very good. Vol. V of Tillotson's collected works, containing Sermons number 86-116. Starts with, "The sin and danger of adding to the doctrine of the gospel." PROVENANCE: Mary Webb (1779-1861) was the founder of the first female missionary society. "Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Webb contracted a disease at the age of five that confined her to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. In 1800, at age 21, she successfully challenged the prevailing view of the role of women in society by organizing a group of thirteen women who founded the Boston Female Society for Missionary Purposes. Webb served as the society's secretary and treasurer for 56 years. Although a Baptist, she was ecumenical in her approach to world evangelism. She furthered the cause of mission for more than 50 years, inspiring the foundation of numerous mission and benevolent organizations and promoting cooperation among more than 200 women's missionary societies. Webb encouraged women to contribute a sum of two dollars annually to support the efforts of various missionary societies at home and abroad and to provide for the translation and publication of the Scriptures. Despite her accomplishments, she chose to remain in obscurity from the public eye" (Duffy, p. 720). REFERENCES: Duffy, Joan R., "Webb, Mary," Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions, New York: Macmillan, 1998. (Inventory #: LV2180)
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