Cincinnati: Methodist Book Concern, 1868.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 325 pp; original brown cloth. Stamp of W.W. Henry, Ashland, IL on front board (only just visible) and front free endpaper, extremities rubbed; a few pages soiled. A circuit riding preacher in Indiana and Illinois in the 1820s and 1830s, Beggs played a brief role in the Black Hawk War when his cabin was converted into a makeshift fort to protect the residents of Plainfield, IL. His book, which Thomson (79) praised for containing "much matter of historical value," paints a lively portrait of early frontier Methodism through autobiographical and secondhand anecdotes and brief sketches of several pioneer preachers.