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Gilbert McMaster
Synthetic Collection MS#150

Content Summary: Published writings of the Rev. Dr. Gilbert McLeod [02/13/1778 – 03/17/1854], a Reformed Presbyterian pastor.

Span dates: 1 Size: 0.25 cf.

Access: This collection is open to researchers.

Preferred citation:
Gilbert McMaster Synthetic Collection, PCA Historical Center, St. Louis, Missouri.

Related Collections:
Reformed Presbyterian Church, General Synod;

 

File/Subject
ƒ01 — The Embassy of Reconciliation, with its occasion and ministry : a sermon, preached at the ordination of the Rev. James Milligan, in the church of Coldenham (New-York : Whiting and Watson, 1812), 52pp.
ƒ02 — The Shorter Catechism, analyzed : containing a distinct exhibition of the particular doctrines under each question, with appropriate proofs from Scripture. (Dayton, PA : David Love, 1879, 1825), iv, 64pp.; 15cm.
ƒ03 — Ministerial Work and Sufficiency : A sermon preached January 26, 1832 at the ordination and installation of the Reverend John McMaster in the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Schenectady (Albany : Little & Cummings; Schenectady : J.C. Magoffin, 1832), 40pp.; 21cm.
ƒ04 — The Moral Character of Civil Government, considered with reference to the political institutions of the United States, in four letters (Albany, N.Y., W.C. Little, 1832), 72pp.; 22 cm.
ƒ05 — A Brief Inquiry into the Civil Relations of Reformed Presbyterians in the United States according to their Judicative Acts : addressed to those of that communion (Schenectady (N.Y) : S.S. Riggs, 1833), 24pp.; 21cm.
ƒ06 — Remarks offered in illustration of a report on the doctrine of civil government before the General Synod of the Presbyterian Church in the city of Pittsburgh, August 7, 1835 (Schenectady : S.S. Riggs, 1835), iv, 24pp.; 21cm. 
ƒ07 — The Obligations of the American Scholar to his Country and the World : an address delivered before the Philalethean Society of Hanover College, September 28th, 1841 (Madison, Ind. : Printed by Simrall and Jones, 1841), 24pp.; 21cm.
ƒ08 — The Great Subject of the Christian Ministry : The substance of a discourse delivered at the opening of the General Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, in the city of Philadelphia, May 19th, 1852 (New York : R. Craighead, printer, 1852), 42pp.; 22cm.
ƒ09 — Scott, David, A Calm Examination of Dr. McMaster’s Letters on Civil Government. Newburgh: Printed by Charles U. Cushman, 1832. [photocopy]


Related Collections—
McLeod, Alexander, The Constitution, Character, and Duties of The Gospel Ministry. A Sermon preached at the Ordination of the Rev. Gilbert McMaster, in the First Presbyterian Church, Duanesburgh.New-York: Printed by J. Seymour, No. 118, Pearl-street. 1808. 72 p.; 23 cm.;


Other Archival Collections—
Gilbert McMaster autobiography
Inclusive dates: ca. 1854
Extent: 69 pages
Abstract:
Written for his children on the eve of his sudden and unforeseen death, Gilbert McMaster's autobiography is a fascinating account of the life of a Scots-Irish immigrant and his growth as a Reformed Presbyterian minister. The most important section of McMaster's autobiography is undoubtedly that devoted to the events leading up to the eventful General Synod meeting of 1833, and the schism that resulted indirectly from McMaster's antislavery agitation.
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan, 909 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: https://quod.lib.umich.edu/c/clementsmss/umich-wcl-M-3439.2mcm?view=text

Biographical—
The first Synod was constituted in Philadelphia in May 1809 with Rev. Mr. Gilbert McMaster as Moderator and Rev. Mr. John Black as Stated Clerk. There were three Presbyteries: Northern, Middle and Southern. By 1856 there were seven Presbyteries: six in the United States and one in India. Unfortunately there was a division in 1833 over the question of civil relations. The India Mission was founded in 1836. Today there are two mission stations and five congregations with Indian pastors and elders.

Biographical information located—
Removal of Rev. Dr. McMaster from Princeton, Ind., The Banner of the Covenant, (June 1946): 178-179.
Dr. McMaster’s Work on Psalmody, The Banner of the Covenant, (October 1852):321. [brief review/notice]

Chronological bibliography [with hyperlinks where available]—
1810
The Duty of Nations; a sermon, delivered on the first Thursday of November, 1809 (Ballston Spa [N.Y.] Printed by Brown and Miller, 1810), 51pp.; 21cm.  Copies held by University of Iowa, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS; Miami University (OH); Geneva College; New York Public Library Reserve Library; College of Wooster; Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary; and Edinburgh University Library.

1812
The Embassy of Reconciliation, with its occasion and ministry : a sermon, preached at the ordination of the Rev. James Milligan, in the church of Coldenham (New-York : Whiting and Watson, 1812), 52pp.

1815
The Shorter Catechism, analyzed : containing a distinct exhibition of the particular doctrines under each question, with appropriate proofs from Scripture (Schenectady [N.Y.] : Printed by Riggs and Stevens, 1815), iv, 72pp.; 14cm.  A single instance of this edition was located at the Syracuse University, NY. 
- Reprinted, (Schenectady : James C. Magoffin, 1825), 48pp.; 21cm., with copies located at the University of Montana, Mansfield Library; Western Reserve Historical Society Library; Presbyterian Historical Society; Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary; and Syracuse University.
- Reprinted, (Dayton, PA : David Love, 1879, 1825), iv, 64pp.; 15cm.  Copies located at the Emmaus Bible College Library; University of Kansas; and the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
                There appears to have been one other edition prior to 1879.

An Essay, in defence of some fundamental doctrines of Christianity; including a review of the writings of Elias Smith (Schenectady [N.Y.] : Printed by Riggs and Stevens, 1815), iv, 120pp.; 23 cm. [Named person: Smith, Elias, 1769-1846.]

1818
An Apology for the Book of Psalms, in five letters : addressed to the friends of union in the Church of God (Philadelphia : Daniels & Smith, 1818, 4th edition, 1852), viii, [9]-223 p. ; 21 cm. [17 libraries, including CTS]
1st ed. (?), 1818 – https://archive.org/details/anapologyforboo00mcmagoog
2d ed. (?) , 1821 – https://archive.org/details/apology00mcma
4th edition, 1852 – https://archive.org/details/apologyforbook00mcma
Reviewed: https://archive.org/details/revmaster00mcma [review by Rev. Ezra Stiles Ely]
Reviewed: https://archive.org/details/hintsps00mcma [review by Henry Ruffner]

1830-1840
Discourse : "Preach the Word." 2 Timothy iv. 2 [S.l. : s.n., 1830-1840?), 37 p. ; 22 cm. [Geneva College]

1832
Ministerial Work and Sufficiency : A sermon preached January 26, 1832 at the ordination and installation of the Reverend John McMaster in the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Schenectady (Albany : Little & Cummings ; Schenectady : J.C. Magoffin, 1832), 40pp.; 21cm.  Copies held by Harvard University Divinity School Library; Duke University Library; Rutgers University; New York State Library; College of Wooster; Kent State University; Geneva College; Presbyterian Historical Society; Brown University.

The Moral Character of Civil Government, considered with reference to the political institutions of the United States, in four letters (Albany, N.Y., W.C. Little, 1832), 72pp.; 22 cm. 

The Parent's Assistant for the Sabbath evening instruction of his children: from the appendix to Dr. McMaster's Analysis of the Westminster shorter catechism (Schenectady, James C. Magoffin, 1832), 16pp.  One copy located at the Western Reserve Historical Society Library.

1833
A Brief Inquiry into the Civil Relations of Reformed Presbyterians in the United States according to their Judicative Acts : addressed to those of that communion (Schenectady (N.Y) : S.S. Riggs, 1833), 24pp.; 21cm.  Copies located at Yale University; Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS; New York State Library; College of Wooster; Kent State University; Geneva College; University of South Carolina; and PCAHC, Box 337, folder 57.

1835
Remarks offered in illustration of a report on the doctrine of civil government before the General Synod of the Presbyterian Church in the city of Pittsburgh, August 7, 1835 (Schenectady : S.S. Riggs, 1835), iv, 24pp.; 21cm.  Copies located at Harvard University Divinity School; Kent State University; Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Speech in Illustration of a Report on the Doctrine of Civil Government: in the General Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in the city of Pittsburg.........1835.

1836
Review of Hodge on the Epistle to the Romans [New York] : Literary and Theological Review, 1836), pp. 398-422; 21 cm.  [Kent State University holds one copy]

1841
The Obligations of the American Scholar to his Country and the World : an address delivered before the Philalethean Society of Hanover College, September 28th, 1841 (Madison, Ind. : Printed by Simrall and Jones, 1841), 24pp.; 21cm.  Copies at the Library of Congress; University of Iowa; Indiana Historical Society; Univ. of Minnesota; Pittsburgh Theol. Seminary; Presbyterian Historical Soc. Online at https://archive.org/details/obligationsofame00mcma

1846
Thoughts on the union of the church (Cincinnati : J.A. James, 1846), 51pp.; 22cm. [7 libraries]

1847
Speech in Defence of the Westminster Confession of Faith against the Charge of Erastianism: in the General Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh,......1847.

1852
The Great Subject of the Christian Ministry : The substance of a discourse delivered at the opening of the General Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, in the city of Philadelphia, May 19th, 1852 (New York : R. Craighead, printer, 1852), 42pp.; 22cm.  Copies at Western Reserve Historical Society Library; Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; and Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary; and PCAHC, Box 337, folder 68.

The Upright Man in Life and at Death : a discourse delivered, Sabbath evening, November 7, 1852, on the occasion of the decease of the Rev. Samuel Brown Wylie, D.D. ... (Philadelphia : C. Sherman, 1852), 82pp.; 22cm.

In addition to the above, Dr. McMaster published various ecclesiastical papers an articles in several periodicals, &c. Where these can be discovered, they will be added at a later date.

Contemporary critiques of McMaster’s works—

Baird, Thomas Dickson [1773-1839], An Inquiry into the privilege and duty of the Christian church, in the exercise of sacred praise: a chronology and history of Scripture songs from the creation; an enlarged review of the ancient and modern history of the psalmody of the Christian church; and an examination of "An apology for the Book of Psalms" (Pittsburgh, Printed by Eichbaum and Johnston, 1825), 1 p. l., xxi, [1], [23]-172, [5] p. 18 cm.  Note : With this is bound his Science of praise ..., 1816.  Introduction contains “a succinct sketch of the controversy on the subject of psalmody ... from ... its commencement in this country, until the present day.”  Copies located at the Indiana University and at the New York Public Library Reserve Library.
[Digital : https://archive.org/details/inquiryintoprivi00bair_0 ]

Ruffner, Henry, Review (Lexington, VA : Printed by Valentine M. Mason, 1820-1829?), 56pp.; 17cm.
Contents:  1st. Hints on the church's Psalmody, being an attempt to repel the violence of such as would rob her of a precious right, by George Phillips--2nd. Strictures on a book, entitled, An apology for the Book of Psalms, by Gilbert M'Master, To which be added, remarks on a book entitled, The design and use of the Book of Psalms, by Alexander Gordon.  Copies at the Christian Theological Seminary (IN); New York Public Library Reserve Library; The Library of Virginia; and the University of Virginia.
[ https://archive.org/details/hintsps00mcma ]

Scott, David, A Calm Examination of Dr. McMaster’s Letters on Civil Government. Newburgh: Printed by Charles U. Cushman, 1832. [ https://archive.org/details/calmexaminationo00scot ]
__________, An Exposure of Dr. McMaster’s Brief Inquiry. New York: Printed by H. Bunce, 1833.
[ https://archive.org/details/exposureofdrmcma00scot ]