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Stevens, Benjamin:

A SERMON PREACHED AT BOSTON, BEFORE THE GREAT AND GENERAL COURT OR ASSEMBLY OF THE PROVINCE OF THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY IN NEW ENGLAND, MAY 27, 1761.

Boston: 1761 72 pp [lacking the half title, and the errata page at the end]. Disbound, scattered foxing, Good+. A significant pre-Revolutionary document reflecting the opinion that "civil government...was instituted for the preservation of civil liberty." Liberty under a just government provides security, as liberty is perpetually in jeopardy in a state of nature. The rulers of civil society must "act in conformity to law." In religious matters, "the right of private judgment is unalienable" but a people who are not religious are incapable of enjoying civil liberty. Indeed, the purpose of all religious revelation "has been to promote the cause of liberty in the noblest and most important sense." FIRST EDITION. Evans 9017.


Book Id: 19612

Price: $350.00

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