Boston: Edes and Gill, 1770. 69, [1 blank] pp, lacking the half title and final blank. Title leaf browned, else a clean and lightly toned text. Bound in later half morocco and marbled boards, with gilt-lettered spine title, bookplate of D.F. Appleton. Good+.
Appleton, preaching exactly one month after the Boston Massacre, says God will provide "for the safety and defence of his church and people," especially as "dark and threatening clouds hang over our nation, and over these colonies in America, and over this in particular." He urges dependence upon God. Otherwise, "we shall be likely to commit some fatal mistakes in our public affairs; that whilst we are struggling for Liberty, we shall be in danger of fastening some chains of slavery upon us, and our posterity."
God has already "delivered us from some grievous Impositions; and so turned the hearts of the British Parliament as to repeal the Stamp-Act." He hopes "there may be no occasion for any military troops among us, to inforce any laws upon us."
FIRST EDITION. Evans 11554. Not in Adams, Gephart. Item #26158