|Thomas Skinner, Another Voice From the Grave (Philadelphia, 1819).|
The pamphlet is Another Voice From the Grave, or, The Power of Conscience Exemplified in the Dying Confession and Exercises of an Unfortunate Female. Published According to Her Dying Request, written by the Rev. Thomas H. Skinner and published by the Tract Society of Philadelphia in 1819. It gives the deathbed confession of a woman who committed terrible sins, including adultery, prostitution, and murder. Her last words were, "Hell, hell is my everlasting doom."
The Rev. Skinner was sternly criticized in another pamphlet written in response: A Voice From the Living: addressed to the Rev. Thomas H. Skinner. By A Friend to Truth (Philadelphia, 1819). The anonymous writer observed that a visit to the street where this woman supposedly lived would have immediately revealed the story to be false. Moreover, he questioned whether it showed good judgment to publish the story, even if it was true. Surely it would do more harm than good to describe such terrible crimes in detail, and would be unlikely to cause any sinners to repent.
Skinner served as pastor of the fifth Presbyterian Church until 1823. He was a professor of sacred rhetoric at Andover Theological Seminary (1833-1835), pastor of the Mercer Street Church in New York (1835-1848), and professor of sacred rhetoric, pastoral theology and church government at Union Theological Seminary (1848-1871).
Other works by Thomas H. Skinner in the Clements Library:
- A Discourse Delivered, June 10, 1827, in the Fifth Presbyterian Church (1827)
- A Sermon Occasioned by the Death of the Rev. Matthias Bruen (1829)
- Doctrinal Preaching: An Address Delivered Before the Porter Rhetorical Society (1832)
- Disbelieveing the Atonement a Rejection of the Gospel (1833)
- The Elements of Power in Public Speaking (1833)
- Progress, the Law of the Missionary Work (1843)
- Education and Evangelism (1851)
- Love of Country: A Discourse Delivered on Thanksgiving Day (1851)
- The Old in the New, or, The Position and Policy of the Presbyterian Church in the United States (1855)
- Comfort in Tribulation: An Address Delivered in the Reformed Dutch Church (1861)
- The Encyclical Letter of Pope Piu IX (1865)