THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE HISTORIC FIND WITH THE SIGNATURES OF AMERICAN EVANGELIST & PUBLISHER DWIGHT L. MOODY AND HIS CLOSE ASSOCIATE, AMERICAN GOSPEL SINGER AND COMPOSER, IRA D. SANKEY WHO MET AT A YMCA CONVENTION IN INDIANAPOLIS, IN 1870. ONE YEAR LATER THEY WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF A REVIVAL MEETING WHEN THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE BEGAN AND BARELY ESCAPED THE INFERNO. THEY WOULD SOON ACHIEVE CONSIDERABLE ACLAIM AND ESTABLISH THEMSELVES AS THE LEADING REVIVALISTS OF THEIR TIME. DWIGHT L. MOODY FOUNDED THE MOODY CHURCH, MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE, AND IN CHICAGO, BUILT ONE OF THE MAJOR EVANGELICAL CENTERS IN THE NATION. IRA D. SANKEY WAS A PIONEER IN THE INTRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL STYLE THAT INFLUENCED CHURCH SERVICES AND EVANGELICAL CAMPAIGNS FOR GENERATIONS, AND THE ALMOST 1200 HYMNS THAT HE WROTE OR POPULARIZED CONTINUED TO BE SUNG WELL INTO THE 21ST CENTURY. IN SANKEY’S VIEW, HE AND MOODY WERE BOTH PREACHERS, THE ONLY DIFFERENCE, HE SAID, WAS THAT “MOODY REACHES MEN’S HEARTS WITH WORDS THAT ARE SPOKEN, WHILE I REACH THEM WITH WORDS THAT ARE SUNG.” THERE ARE A TOTAL OF SIX SIGNATURES, MOST WITH A BIBLE REFERENCE, ON THE SAME SLIP OF PAPER THAT BRING TOGETHER SEVERAL OF THE IMPORTANT INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED IN THE SAME LATE 19TH AND EARLY 20TH CENTURY EVANGELICAL MOVEMENT.
DWIGHT L. MOODY (1837-1899) AND IRA D. SANKEY (1840-1908) SIGNED TOGETHER ON A SLIP, “D. L. Moody PS 84.11” and “Ira D. Sankey Col. 3:16, Aug. 15th 1896”, 5 X 3.5, also signed by four others, including: “Luther D. Wishard”, who was the first full-time staff member of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) who’s job was to direct the YMCA’s work with students in the U.S. colleges; “Geo. C. Stebbins, Psa.91-9.10.11”,who was a gospel song writer who worked with Moody and Sankey for over 25 years organizing the choir for the revival meetings and was one of the leaders for the singing at the annual conferences. He is remembered foremost by the music he composed, which has long survived him; “Frederick Brotherton Meyer, 2 Tim. II. 1. RV”, a Baptist pastor and evangelist in England, involved in missionary work on both sides of the Atlantic and life long friend of Moody; and Reverend “Sydney A. Selwyn – 2 Cor. IX. 8”, who gave multiple talks at this conference. All six signing probably at the Mt. Hermon, MA Conference, August 15, 1896, where student attendees were encouraged to become foreign missionaries. In fine condition, with minor age toning.