Hartford: Hudson and Goodwin, 1798. 54pp, disbound without the half title. Scattered foxing, dark brown stain running through bottom blank margin of last several pages. Good+.
This is the first of four 1798 printings. The sermon is an attack on Jefferson, and a Federalist warning against utopian theories of government. "When the caprice of innovation, and the indeffinite love of political novelty, gets abroad, it always ends in blood." Backus hated Jefferson: "Invited to preach the election sermon in 1798, with Absalom as an example he portrayed the character of the demagogue in such a way as to leave no doubt as to what living politician he had in mind." DAB.
FIRST EDITION. Evans 33348. I DAB 468. Trumbull 290. Item #21357