Pastor/Professor Melsheimer

WillChelman Member Photo

Clipped by WillChelman

HISTORICAL SOCIETY GETS RARE BOOK PRINTED HERE What is believed to be the first .book printed in Hanover has been ' acquired by the Historical Society of York county. It was published in German in 1793 by' Henry Will- cocks and is entitled “An Account of ! a Religious Controversy Between Pastor Melsheimer of Saint Matth- j ew’s Lutheran Church and a Group I of Universalists.” { Pastor Melsheimer was the Rev. ¡Frederick Valentine Melsheimer. who assumed the pastorate of St. Matth■ ew’s church in 1790. coming here from Lancaster where ne had been professor of languages at Franklin and Marshall college since 1787. He 'was born in the Grand Duchy of Brunswick September 25, 1749. i In addition to his theological studies the Rev. Mr. Melsheimer iwas also one of the pioneer scientists of the country, advancing the knowledge of botany and entomology. He was the author of the .first book on entomology to be ! published in America. This vol- j ume was also printed at Hanover. I Only a few copies are known to ex- I ist and the work is a bibliographical I rarity. With the book the Historical Society also secured another volume, likewise in German, called “The Dj'ing Confession of Charles Cunningham.” who was publicly executed in York in 1805 for the murder of Joseph Rothrock. This was printed at York in 1805 by Schlich- iting and Billmeyer, who w*ere the ! publishers of a German newspaper I ■ Der Wahre Republikaner” (The j True Republican) at that time. I Both books were formerly tn the private collection of the late Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker, who visited Hanovcr on the occasion of the unveiling of the monument “The Picket” on Center square, and are regarded as the rarest known books printed in York ojunty.

Clipped from
  1. The Evening Sun,
  2. 10 Mar 1937, Wed,
  3. Page 1

WillChelman Member Photo
  • Pastor/Professor Melsheimer

    WillChelman – 14 Mar 2014

Want to comment on this Clipping? Sign up for a free account, or sign in