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Lyman, Joseph:

A SERMON, PREACHED BEFORE HIS EXCELLENCY JAMES BOWDOIN, ESQ. GOVERNOUR...AND THE HONOURABLE THE SENATE, AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS, MAY 30, 1787. BEING THE DAY OF GENERAL ELECTION.

Boston: [1787] 61pp, with the half title. Lightly toned and foxed. About Very Good. Inscription on the half title: "Revd Ephraim Judson from his Humble Sert Nath Leonard.' During the Revolution, Lyman had been "outspoken in his earnest patriotism...and offended many of his congregation by this course." Appleton. Here he asserts that, despite the natural equality of men, they "are yet endowed with unequal measures of strength and wisdom." Hence, "God has instituted civil authority for the common good...he utterly abhors that tyranny and oppression, which is so frequently practiced by the insolent Rulers of the earth." A "sacred adherence to the original principles of their government" is essential for a people. America was founded as "a refuge from the oppression of civil and spiritual tyranny." Lyman recalls the Revolutionary struggle, and its "perplexities...in which the minds of the people were divided as to their duties of allegiance..." He deplores the disorder and unrest caused by Shays's Rebellion, a signal event that propelled Massachusetts toward adoption of the federal Constitution. FIRST EDITION. Evans 20469.


Book Id: 2082

Price: $175.00

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