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  • n. Plural form of colporteur.


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  • In this brief and most incomplete sketch of the origin of one of the distinguishing features of contemporary Christianity -- the application of the systematized activity of private Christians -- no mention has been made of the corps of "colporteurs," or book-peddlers, employed by religious publication societies, nor of the vastly useful work of laymen employed as city missionaries, nor of the houses and orders of sisters wholly devoted to pious and charitable work.

    A History of American Christianity

  • La photo ci-dessous, prise en Californie, représente une pancarte destinée à décourager les colporteurs.

    Archive 2010-03-01

  • The Society for Religious Publications employed 1300 colporteurs, and effected sales during the year to the amount of 526,000 dollars.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • Translations appeared in England and Italy, and cheap editions of the Cvisinier françois were published well into the eighteenth century in provincial towns for sale by colporteurs.1

    Savoring The Past

  • All Abolition lecturers and colporteurs were gratuitously entertained, although their presence was sometimes a cause of abuse, and even of danger.

    The Abolitionists Together With Personal Memories Of The Struggle For Human Rights

  • Boston, and No. 445 of the issues of the Sanitary Commission, and am now about to introduce them surreptitiously into the bureaus of these charities, so that the colporteurs, of every stripe, may at last be certain that they are conferring the first of benefits upon their homeless fellow-creatures.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864

  • He travels about the surrounding country preaching, and establishing schools, and has revised the Breton (9) translation of the New Testament for the Society, and circulated, by means of colporteurs, from eight to nine thousand Bibles, besides above 100,000 tracts.

    Brittany & Its Byways

  • I believe that their noble army of colporteurs, going from lonely neighborhood to neighborhood, and carrying with them an unselfish, devoted life, and the living voice of prayer, exhortation, and counsel, win many souls to

    Lessons in Life A Series of Familiar Essays

  • Our boys declared that they were acting the part of colporteurs to the barbarian rebels, and, if they had been allowed to continue the distribution of religious papers among them, they would soon be convinced of the error of their ways, and desist from further fighting.

    Three Years in the Sixth Corps A Concise Narrative of Events in the Army of the Potomac, from 1861 to the Close of the Rebellion, April, 1865

  • Literature is abundantly supplied from their press, and in some instances they have sent colporteurs and missionaries into the various fields, who do a grand good work.

    The American Missionary — Volume 43, No. 12, December, 1889


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