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LEMLEY, JOHN. Autobiography and Personal Recollections of John Lemley, Editor of the Golden Censer, with Seven Years' Experience as Editor and Public Speaker. Rockford, Illinois. 1875. (Blakely & Brown, Book and Newspaper Printers, 151 & 153 Fifth Avenue, Chicago) 12mo. Bound publisher's black cloth with gilt lettering on spine and front cover, spine ends chipped away, worn through cloth at corners, several worm holes in cloth along front hinge, cloth split along bottom half of front hinge, purple endpapers, pages tanning some. Pagination: (1) title, (1) copyright, (1) dedication, (1) blank, -400pp. With portrait of author facing title page. First Edition. Rowe: Methodist Union Catalog #L1437. John Lemley was born in 1843 in Darmstedt Germany. His autobiography chronicles his personal struggles growing in poverty with an alcoholic & abusive father. He left home in NY state at age 10 and traveled to Illinois & Wisconsin working on farms. In his own words: "traced the changes that came over him, the calamities, misfortunes, abuse, his being driven out helpless and abandoned..." He eventually studied at Wesleyan Univ. in Middletown, CT and was licensed top preach in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was editor of the Golden Censor 1868-1877, a family religious newspaper devoted to holiness and the christian life. He also edited Zion's Watchman 1879-1881.