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Turner, Charles:

A SERMON PREACHED BEFORE HIS EXCELLENCY THOMAS HUTCHINSON, ESQ; GOVERNOR: THE HONORABLE HIS MAJESTY'S COUNCIL, AND THE HONORABLE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, OF THE PROVINCE OF THE MASSACHUSETTS-BAY IN NEW-ENGLAND, MAY 26TH. 1773. BEING THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE ELECTION OF HIS MAJESTY'S COUNCIL FOR SAID PROVINCE. BY...PASTOR OF THE CHURCH IN DUXBURY.

Boston: 1773 Half title. 45, [3 blanks] pp. Disbound, Very Good. This is a no-holds-barred revolutionary sermon, delivered in the presence of Governor Hutchinson. Turner insists that the People have an "unalienable right" to determine their form of government and who shall govern them. The People may make a Constitution, "as the standing measure of the proceedings of government; so determining what powers they will invest their rulers with, and what privileges they will retain in their own hands." Unhappily, the British Constitution, which was "once enjoyed by this province," has been "inhumanly murdered." "How distressing the thought of being slaves, how charming that of being free!" FIRST EDITION. Evans 13053. Bailyn, Ideological Origins of the American Revolution 183, 267, 308. Not in Adams, Gephart.


Book Id: 18956

Price: $500.00

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