I have the following hymn book, would like to know if the author of it is familiar to Lothrop researchers.(There is also a copy in the American Antiquarian Society library, in Worcester MA.)
Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Composed on Various Subjects, in a Plain Style. With the Author's Experience.By Reuel Lothrop, a Reformed Sinner.Concord, N.H.: Printed by I. and W.R. Hill, 1814.120 pp. including index.
The author's rhymed experience runs to 15 pages -- pt. 1 of 66 verses, pt. 2 of 34, and pt. 3 of 24.If I understand correctly (it's pretty dense), he saw the light April 9, 1800 -- but "backslid" pretty soon, and wasted 6 plus years.He got "convicted" (of his sinful state, etc.) Sept. 30, 1806, and suffered in this state 109 days before he was "recalled."He may have been 17 at the time; something happened when he was 17, anyway.He seems to have become a traveling evangelist at age 22.And that was probably not too long before the book was published in 1814.
I have no real evidence that he was ordained, or served as a denominational pastor, but either seems plausible.If anybody knows, I'd like to hear from you.