Boston: 1767. Stitched into modern marbled wraps. 56pp, without the half title, scattered foxing. Else, Very Good.
The "intemperate utterances" of John Ewer, Bishop of Landaff, had "justly aroused resentment in the colonies," especially his "statement that the people in the American colonies...had become 'infidels and barbarians'" [Evans]. Chauncy attacks Ewer's insulting implication that "ministers episcopally ordained...are so necessary that Christianity cannot be supported without them." Ewer's assertion that colonial ministers had failed in their undertaking to convert the heathen is similarly insupportable. "It would be injustice to the first fathers of New-England, if I did not say upon this occasion, that some of them were exceeded by few, in point of natural, or acquired accomplishments."
DAB notes that one of the great struggles of Chauncy's life was his opposition to the argument that "the established religion of England was that of its dependencies also. English bishops wrote as if Congregationalism were no religion at all..."
FIRST EDITION. Howes C330. Evans 10579. Adams Controversy 67-3a. Felcone 50. Item #18016