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Materials Towards a History of the Baptists

Materials towards a history of the Baptists in the provinces of Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia is an original manuscript written by Morgan Edwards (1722-1795). Edwards intended to publish a history of the Baptists in the original thirteen colonies, but only two volumes were published during his lifetime: Pennsylvania in 1770 and New Jersey in 1792. In recognition of his research, interviews, and personal archives, Edwards is often characterized as the first Baptist historian in America. Materials towards a history of the Baptists in the provinces of Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia is divided by state. Within each state, Edwards describes the types of Baptists found and the Baptist churches (including their specific location and resources); he also provides a history of the church and a list of pastors. Finally, under the heading “Remarkables,” he adds noteworthy information about individual churches.

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