Boston: New-England: Printed by Green & Russell, and Edes & Gill... . xi, [1 blank], -53 [3 blanks] pp, with the half title. Stitched into modern marbled wrappers. A short closed tear expertly repaired [no loss]. Very Good. With the contemporary ownership signature and inscription of James Cushing, 1759.
Cooper, "for many years pastor of the Brattle Street Church, and later ardent defender of the rights of the colonists" [Streeter Sale 684], was an intimate friend of John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. He "became one of the most popular preachers in the country" [JCB Library]. This is one of only "a small number of sermons and miscellaneous pamphlets" that he wrote [DAB]. It illustrates the devotion to England that still permeated the Colonies, but also warns that continued loyalty depended upon Americans' enjoyment of the full panoply of British liberties.
Cooper's delight in the English victory is sweetened by "a thorough Sense of the Importance of the American Service" in the reduction of the French capital. For Cooper, recounting the difficult task faced by the American troops, it proves "that a limited Government, happily administered, can command in uncommon Exigencies, a greater Aid from the People than the most unbounded Despotism." Americans "are attached to those priviledges which are the Birth-right of British Subjects." Indeed, "American Affairs do bear perhaps as near an Affinity to those of ancient Israel, as any modern Story; so that many Passages in the sacred Writings founded upon the peculiar Circumstances of that People, may with great Propriety be applied to our own." Reviewing the great victory, he celebrates the leadership and sacrifice of Wolfe.
Evans 8330. John Carter Brown Library 1209. Sabin 16601. TPL [First Supp.] 4721. Item #34236