Abstract

Abstract:

This article details the contents of a personal eighteenth-century devotional anthology, owned by one John Buck. By exploring the histories of the texts contained within, as well as Buck's own marginal notes, the author attempts to sketch a possible portrait of Buck, theorizing the ways in which he may have put these texts to use in the maintenance of his personal piety. Ultimately, this paper concludes that Buck stands out as an example of disciplined piety in a religiously turbulent time, with his own practices signaling the developments of Methodism and "polite religion" as the century progressed.

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