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The Deaconship: its Nature, Qualifications, Relations, and Duties

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Written by:
R.B.C. Howell D.D., American, 1801 - 1868  Search this
Published by:
Judson Press, American, founded 1824  Search this
Subject of:
Rock Rest Tourist Home, American, 1948 - 1976  Search this
Owned by:
Clayton Sinclair, American  Search this
Hazel Sinclair, American  Search this
ink on paper (fiber product) with book cloth (textile material) on cardboard
H x W x D: 6 5/8 × 4 1/2 × 9/16 in. (16.8 × 11.5 × 1.5 cm)
hardcover books
Place collected:
Kittery, York County, Maine, United States, North and Central America
Place printed:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
A hardcover copy of The Deaconship by R.B.C. Howell. The hardcover book is bound with black book cloth with a faux leather texture and gold embossing. The book’s dust jacket is primarily white with blue text. The front of the dust jacket features two blue right-angle triangles that frame the book’s title, [THE DEACONSHIP], centered at the top half of the cover. Below is the author’s name, [R.B.C. Howell] and the publisher’s name, [A JUDSON PRESS BOOK], is printed at the bottom. Blue text printed on the spine reads [HOWELL ON DEACONSHIP]. Printed on the back of the dust jacket is an advertisement for [MONTGOMERY’S CENTENIARY TRANSLATION / The New Testament / In Modern English]. Below is a blue illustration of the book and a three-paragraph description of the book written in blue text. The front cover of the book has an embossed rectangular frame around the edges. Centered gold leaf text at the top reads [THE DEACONSHIP / ITS NATURE, QUALIFICATIONS / RELATIONS AND DUTIES]. At the center is a small gold leaf flourish. In the bottom right corner is the author’s name printed in gold leaf text that reads [R.B.C. HOWELL].The spine and back cover of the book are plain. The interior pages are white with black text. Contents include nine chapters titled: [NATURE OF THE DEACONSHIP], [QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE DEACONSHIP], [FORMS OF ELECTION AND ORDINATION], [GENERAL DUTIES OF DEACONS], [DUTIES OF DEACONS WITH REFERENCE TO PASTORS], [REVENUES OF THE CHURCH], [DEACONESSES], [COOPERATION WITH THE DEACONS], and [IMPORTANCE OF FAITHFULNESS]. The book has 143 pages.
African American  Search this
Black Enterprise  Search this
Black interiors  Search this
Christianity  Search this
Literature  Search this
Religion  Search this
Segregation  Search this
Travel  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, Inc.
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Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
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Collection title:
The Rock Rest Tourist Home Collection
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture