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West, Samuel:

A SERMON, PREACHED BEFORE HIS EXCELLENCY JAMES BOWDOIN, ESQ. GOVERNOUR; HIS HONOUR THOMAS CUSHING, ESQ. LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOUR; THE HONOURABLE THE COUNCIL, SENATE, AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS, MAY 31, 1786: BEING THE DAY OF GENERAL ELECTION. BY...PASTOR OF THE CHURCH IN NEEDHAM.

Adams and Nourse, Boston: [1786] Disbound. 32pp, with the half title. Very Good. "To regulate this ruling passion" is a significant "design of the Christian institution," says West, reminding his audience that, "Whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant." The American notion that "civil government ought to be the result of mutual agreement, designed for the good of all," is, "like the first principles of science in general, enstamped in human nature, written in the hearts of men, as by the finger of God." West fears that "the ardour of public spirit" engendered by the Revolution has "seemed to subside," and the weaknesses of the government thus rendered more evident. Our "newly erected and scarcely cemented civil structure was left, in a great measure, unguarded against the attacks of private adversaries." Despite the importance of religion in forming a just society, "We wish not to see our civil rulers officially interfering in matters of religion. Sacred be the rights of conscience!" FIRST EDITION. Evans 20142.


Book Id: 22464

Price: $600.00

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