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Clark, Peter:
A DEFENCE OF THE DIVINE RIGHT OF INFANT-BAPTISM ...BEING IN REPLY TO DR. JOHN GILL'S BOOK, INTITLED, THE DIVINE RIGHT OF INFANT-BAPTISM EXAMINED AND DISPROVED. AND IN VINDICATION OF THE LATE MR. JONATHAN DICKINSON'S BRIEF ILLUSTRATION AND CONFIRMATION OF THE DIVINE RIGHT OF INFANT-BAPTISM. BY...A.M. PASTOR OF A CHURCH IN SALEM.
Boston, New-England. Printed and Sold by S. Kneeland. 1752. Original tooled full sheep, raised spine bands [corners with some rubbing and a chip, small lower portion of front hinge starting]. Elaborate contemporary signature, 'Ephraim Keith' on front free endpaper. pp vi, 453, [1 errata], [5 Index], [1 blank]. Light text spotting and wear, cords broken on inner front hinge. An entirely unsophisticated contemporary American binding, on the divisive colonial subject of infant baptism. Good+ to Very Good. FIRST EDITION. Evans 6829.

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Edwards, Peter:
CANDID REASONS FOR RENOUNCING THE PRINCIPLES OF ANTIPAEDOBAPTISM. ALSO, AN APPENDIX, CONTAINING A SHORT METHOD WITH THE BAPTISTS. BY...SEVERAL YEARS PASTOR OF A BAPTIST CHURCH, PORTSEA, HANTS. SECOND AMERICAN EDITION.
Hudson & Goodwin, Hartford:, 1803
104pp. Disbound, partly untrimmed. Light scattered foxing. Inscription at head of title "Charles Prentice's...." Very Good. OCLC 42243 [8]. AI 4140 [4].

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Guillet, Peter:
TIMBER MERCHANT'S GUIDE. ALSO, A TABLE, WHEREBY, AT ONE VIEW, MAY BE SEEN THE SOLID AND SUPERFICIAL MEASURE OF ANY SQUARE OR UNEQUAL HEWED LOGS OR PLANK, FROM ONE TO FORTY-SEVEN INCHES. ALSO, PLATES REPRESENTING THE FIGURES OF THE PRINCIPAL PIECES OF TIMBER, USED IN BUILDING A SEVENTY-FOUR GUN SHIP OF THE LINE, IN STANDING TREES. BY PETER GUILLET, L'AINE, FRENCH BY BIRTH, AMERICAN BY CHOICE.
Published by James Lovegrove. John D. Toy, Printer, Baltimore:, 1823
Original calf [rubbed, spine label worn away], front joint cracked but holding, rear board detached but present. Pages 24, [89 letterpress tables], [1 blank], 30 hand-colored lithographed plates by Henry Stone. One leaf of the tables a bit frayed at the margins [no effect on text]. Text lightly foxed, plates clean and crisp. Else Very Good, with the plates about Fine. Early ownership signature of Byron Diman at head of title page. The second lithograph-illustrated book printed in America. The plates are by Henry Stone, "one of the earliest and most elusive of all the lithographers" [Peters]. "The plates represent 'the principal pieces of timber used in building a 74 gun ship of the line'. Though, because of the subject, the plates are necessarily subdued, they are genuinely colored. It seems that getting out the right timber for all old time war ships was a highly scientific matter; and the tall old pines of New England must have been wonderful masts " [Bennett]. Byron Diman [1795-1865] was born in Bristol, Rhode Island. He served as Rhode Island's 19th governor, serving from 1846-1847; he also served several terms in both Rhode Island's House of Representatives and Senate. Prior to his political career, Diman worked in a counting house, was involved in whale fisheries, was treasurer and president of the Bristol Steam Mill, was director of the Pokanoket Mill, and served as president of the Bank of Bristol. Rink 1636. Bennett, American Color Plate Books 67. Peters, America on Stone 376.

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Jay, Peter Augustus:
AN ORATION DELIVERED BEFORE THE WASHINGTON BENEVOLENT SOCIETY, IN THE CITY OF NEW-YORK, ON THE TWENTY-SECOND OF FEBRUARY, 1810. BY..., ESQ PUBLISHED BY THE WASHINGTON BENEVOLENT SOCIETY.
Printed by C S Van Winkle, New-York:, 1810
23pp, dbd Light scattered tan and fox, Good+ On the greatness of Washington's character and achievements FIRST EDITION Sabin 35853 AI 20445 [3]

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Nead, Peter:
PRIMITIVE CHRISTIANITY, OR A VINDICATION OF THE WORD OF GOD.
Kenton Harper, Printer., Staunton, Virginia:, 1834
12mo, bound in original full leather with red spine title label [some extremity rubbing]. 219, [blank], 3 pp. Private bookplate on front pastedown. Contemporary ink signature, 'Jacob Miller,' on front free endpaper. Rear pastedown with some wear, moderate foxing to the edges. Very Good. A significant presentation of Brethren doctrines. FIRST EDITION. Durnbaugh & Schultz: A Brethren Bibliography 116. AI 25892. Haynes 12922. Swem 3870. AI 25892 [5].

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Stark, Peter B.:
GOVERNOR'S COMMUNICATION ENCLOSING THE CREDENTIALS OF THE COMMISSIONER FROM MISSISSIPPI, &C. &C. [DOC. NO. LXXV.] 12pp.
Stitched, partly untrimmed [edges chipped], uncut. Some small closed tears at bound edge. Minor dustsoiling of top edge of first and last leaves. Good to Good+.

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Thacher, Peter:
A REPLY TO THE STRICTURES OF MR. J.S. A LAYMAN, UPON THE PAMPHLET ENTITLED OBSERVATIONS UPON THE PRESENT STATE OF THE CLERGY OF NEW-ENGLAND, &C. BY PETER THACHER, A.M. AUTHOR OF SAID PAMPHLET.
Norman, White, and Freeman, Boston:, [1784]
22pp, disbound with loosening and scattered fox. Margins trimmed closely, no text affected. Near Good+. J[ames] S[ullivan] had opposed Thacher's argument that a congregation should not deprive a minister of his livelihood absent a decision by a neutral arbiter. Sullivan, who believed science and enlightened rationality had justly supplanted the clergy, attributed to Thacher a wish to elevate clergy to a privileged elite. Thacher disclaims such a base intention. He insists, instead, on "the flagrant injustice of any man, or body of men's being judges in their own cause; the iniquity of one party's dissolving a solemn contract to the prejudice of the other without the intervention of indifferent men." FIRST EDITION. Evans 18804. Sabin 95173.

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Thacher, Peter:
A SERMON PREACHED JUNE 12, 1799...AT THE INTERMENT OF HIS EXCELLENCY INCREASE SUMNER, ESQ.
xviii pp. Stitched. Half title. Spotting, Good plus or Very Good. FIRST EDITION. Evans 36405.

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Thacher, Peter:
A SERMON PREACHED TO THE CHURCH AND SOCIETY IN BRATTLE-STREET, BOSTON, DEC.29, 1799, AND OCCASIONED BY THE COMPLETION OF A CENTURY FROM ITS FIRST ESTABLISHMENT.
Printed by Young & Minns, Boston:, 1800
18pp. Loose gatherings, formerly stitched. With the half title. Light foxing, age-toned. Widely margined except for the last two leaves, which are trimmed more closely at the fore-margin. Good+. With a history of this Church. "Have we improved our time and our talents?" FIRST EDITION. Evans 38619. NAIP w002958.

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Thacher, Peter:
A SERMON PREACHED TO THE SOCIETY IN BRATTLE-STREET, BOSTON, MARCH 25TH, 1798. AND OCCASIONED BY THE DEATH OF MADAM REBECCA GILL, CONSORT OF HIS HONOR MOSES GILL, ESQ. LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS. WHO DIED MARCH 19TH. 1798.
23pp, gathered signatures now loosened, with the half title [tanned]. Moderate wear, closed tears [no loss] to half title and title page. Good or so. FIRST EDITION. Evans 34641.

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Thacher, Peter:
A SERMON, DELIVERED AT THE FIRST CHURCH IN BOSTON, APRIL 6, 1798, AT THE INTERMENT OF THE REVEREND JOHN CLARKE, D. D.
27pp, disbound. Minimal foxing. Very Good. Clarke served with Dr. Charles Chauncy, "and between them there ever existed the most happy harmony, till the day of the Doctor's death." Clarke was only in his early 40's when he died; his four published works are noted, including the piece, 'Why Are You a Christian?' Pages 24-27 consist of a eulogy of Dr. Clarke by Jeremy Belknap. FIRST EDITION. Evans 34642. BAL 940.

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Thacher, Peter:
A SERMON, PREACHED AT CHARLESTOWN, FEBRUARY 29, 1788, AT THE INTERMENT OF THE REV. JOSHUA PAINE, JUN. WHO DIED FEBRUARY 26, 1788, AET. XXV.
Printed by John W. Allen, Boston:, 1788
8vo. 21, [1 blank] pp. Lacks half title. Disbound, moderately foxed, about Good+. Thacher includes information about the character and career of Paine. FIRST EDITION. Evans 21489. NAIP w003176.

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Thacher, Peter:
A SERMON, PREACHED AT LYNN, AUGUST 13, 1794, AT THE ORDINATION OF THE REV.
MR. THOMAS CUSHING THACHER, TO THE PASTORAL CARE OF THE FIRST CHURCH IN THAT TOWN. Boston: [1794]. 40pp, half title, stitched, light wear. Very Good. Dr. Thacher preaches at his son's ordination. FIRST EDITION. Evans 27787.

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Thacher, Peter:
A SERMON, PREACHED IN BOSTON, FEBRUARY 12, 1795, IN THE AUDIENCE OF THE MASSACHUSETTS CONGREGATIONAL CHARITABLE SOCIETY; WHEN A COLLECTION WAS MADE FOR THE RELIEF OF THE INDIGENT WIDOWS AND ORPHANS OF DECEASED MINISTERS.
24pp, untrimmed, half title, stitched (last page loose). Light scattered foxing, light wear and browning. Very Good. This sermon provides some insight on the financial straits of 18th century New England ministers, dependent on their flock for a small salary and, apparently, always delighted to receive gifts of necessaries. FIRST EDITION. Evans 29616.

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Thacher, Peter:
A SERMON, PREACHED TO THE SOCIETY IN BRATTLE- STREET, BOSTON, APRIL 17, 1796; AND OCCASIONED BY THE DEATH OF THE HON. THOMAS RUSSELL, ESQ.
Small 4to. 32pp, half title, stitched. Small inner margin stabs, no text affected. Very Good. Thacher had been a revolutionary patriot, secretary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel among the Indians, and a founder of the Massachusetts Historical Society. FIRST EDITION. Evans 31284.

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Thacher, Peter:
MAN'S FRAILTY PRACTICALLY EXHIBITED IN HIS LIFE AND DEATH. A SERMON ON THE DEATH OF THE VIRTUOUS GENTLEWOMAN MRS. SARAH GEE, THE AMIABLE CONSORT OF THE REVEREND MR. JOSHUA GEE, WHO DIED JULY 17. 1730. IN THE TWENTY NINTH YEAR OF HER AGE.
S. Kneeland and T. Green, Boston:, 1730
[2], 31, [1 blank] pp, lacking the half title. Title page bordered in black. Chip to title leaf, without affecting text. Several closed inner margin tears without affecting text, trimmed closely at top margin, occasionally affecting the running title. Good to Good+, in later plain wrappers. FIRST EDITION. Evans 3362.

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Thacher, Peter:
THE NATURE AND EFFECTS OF CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY, CONSIDERED, IN A SERMON, PREACHED JANUARY 19, 1794. AT THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN BOSTON: AND OCCASIONED BY THE DEATH OF MR. SAMUEL STILLMAN, JUN. SON OF THE REVEREND SAMUEL STILLMAN, D.D. BY... PASTOR OF THE CHURCH IN BRATTLE-STREET, BOSTON.
Benjamin Edes, Boston:, 1794
25, [3 blanks] pp. With the half title and final blank. Disbound, else Very Good. A hard-luck story for the Stillman family, which lost a daughter in 1787 and a son in January "Both of them died of an hectical complaint." When Thacher spoke, "another amiable Daughter of the family labored under complaints" and another son "was absent at Sea, and apprehensions were entertained for his safety; and one of his Sons-in-Law lay dangerously sick." FIRST EDITION. Evans 27786. NAIP w015648 [9].

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Thacher, Peter:
THE REST WHICH REMAINETH TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD, AND THE CHARACTER OF SUCH AS SHALL ENJOY IT, SHEWN IN A SERMON PREACHED AT THE NEW NORTH CHURCH IN BOSTON, SEPTEMBER 13, 1778. BEING THE DAY OF THE DEATH OF THEIR EXCELLENT PASTOR ANDREW ELIOT, D.D.
Fleet, Boston:, [1778]
40pp, without the half title. Disbound, lightly foxed and worn, else Very Good. Thacher, preaching during the Revolution, describes Eliot's conduct during that conflict, "when the common enemy of America was in possession of this town, and had compelled the inhabitants either to remain under a military government or to go out and leave their effects behind them." Eliot decided, against his personal inclinations, "that it was his duty to suffer affliction with the people of God who remained in town, and in the opinion of many there was no period of his life in which he was more eminently useful...[H]e ministered also to his countrymen who were taken by the enemy and who were confined, amidst sickness and wounds, in prison." FIRST EDITION. Evans 16090.

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[Clark, Peter]:
A LETTER TO THE HONORABLE JAMES CLARK, ON THE USE OF RAIL ROADS.
16pp, stitched, Near Fine. The subject of the Letter was the proposed extension of a railroad from Concord to the Connecticut River. Peter Clark, upon invitation from James Clark, opines on the compensation that the Boston and Lowell Railroad, and the Concord Nashua and Lowell Railroad, ought to receive for increased traffic over their roads between Boston and Concord, resulting from the contemplated extension. Peter performs appropriate economic and legal analyses, predicting that arrangements "will eventually work out the quickest and cheapest conveyance to the great business emporium of New-England," and will prove "the utility of railroads in removing obstacles so fatal to successful industry, as are ever found in expensive transportation." FIRST EDITION. Sabin 13351. 111 NUC 0456909 [1]. OCLC 13623653 [5]. Not in AI, Eberstadt, Decker.

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[Kaufmann, Peter]:
CONSTITUTION OF THE "WORKINGMEN'S UNION" OF STARK COUNTY, OHIO. DIE CONSTITUTION DES "ARBEITER BUNDES" VON STARK COUNTY, OHIO.
Gedruckt in der Office des "Deutschen in Ohio." Printed by John Raber, Canton, OH:, 1861
30pp, printed in parallel columns of English and German. Original plain wrappers with map of Pennsylvania Central Railroad route and connecting towns printed on inner wraps [edges tattered with some loss, front wrap detached]. Chip at blank inner margin of title leaf. Good+. Signed in type by Peter Kaufmann, Chairman; Jac. S. Brownewell, Vice-President; Wm. Prince, Substitute; John Raber, Recording Secretary; John M. Schneider, Corresponding Secretary; and Conrad Schweitzer, Treasurer. An early German-American organization, whose Constitution emphasizes the necessity of "Union and concert of action" to enhance "the general welfare." It derives its legitimacy from the Declaration of Independence, and announces the "Absolute equality of innate human rights." The founders determine to organize "themselves into a band of brothers, pledged unto one another to be faithful unto death, declaring, 'in Union there is strength'..." Despite the suggestions of an early industrial trade union in what would become the Nation's industrial heartland, the Union purports to elevate the whole person-- encouraging the pursuit of knowledge, reining in government encroachments and spending, and insisting that government is the servant of the people. Peter Kaufmann, who appears to have been the prime mover of the organization, was a Canton author, almanac-maker, bookseller, publisher, and clearly of an entrepreneurial bent. OCLC 17342629 [6]. Not in Thomson, Eberstadt, Decker, Sabin.

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[Webster, Noah? Van Ness, William Peter?]:
A LETTER TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, ON THE COMMERCE AND CURRENCY OF THE UNITED STATES. BY ARISTIDES.
Printed by C.S. Van Winkle, New-York:, 1819
39, [1 blank] pp. Disbound, wrapper remnants in inner margins of first and last page. Light soil, Good+ or so. This pamphlet advocates, in response to the Panic of 1819, "two restrictions on banks: first, they may discount no 'accommodation paper,' i.e. simple loans that were not self-liquidating in the course of active trade; and second, that they grant no renewals of loans." The absence of such restrictions, the author argues, encouraged excessive speculations and brought about the depression. [See Rothbard, 'The Panic of 1819', page 132 (1962)]. As evidence, Aristides cites the "wild enthusiasm" which characterized resumption of commerce after the 1815 Treaty of Ghent, and the resulting extensions of credit "to the utmost limit." Authorship has been variously attributed to Webster and Van Ness. Skeel doubts Webster's hand. "Among other reasons she states that the Letter does not seem to be written in his style and that she finds no allusion to it in his letters. The pamphlet has also been ascribed to William P. Van Ness, another who used the pseudonym 'Aristides.'" [Sabin]. AI 49978 [4]. Sabin 102364. See Skeel page 563, note 12.

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