AN ASTRONOMICAL DIARY; OR, ALMANACK FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD CHRIST 1767.
Boston: Printed and Sold by William M'Alpine, . 16mo. 12 leaves (complete). Loose, light edge wear, toned, Good+.
This Almanac celebrates the Stamp Act's repeal with a patriotic preface by Ames, lauding Americans' "exertion of that noble spirit of Freedom, which every thinking honest Man that has ever been galled with the chain of slavery is possessed of-- a spirit which GOD grant no tyrant may ever be able to extinguish amongst us." He encourages Nationalism, so "that when ever a Virginian shall visit this part of the Land of Freedom you will be no niggard of Hospitality."
Ames denounces the "absolute and despotick sway" of the Pope, pities Europeans thus benighted, and recommends popular education so that "the common people" will not be "slaves" to aristocrats. The Almanac has a table of distances of New England towns from Boston, "with the most noted Houses of Entertainment on the Roads."
Evans 10224. Drake 3150. Item #24013