Boston: Benjamin Edes, 1784. 52pp, disbound with the half title. Very Good. Contemporary ownership signature on half title, "Revd Mr Lee Royalston"
In this first Massachusetts election sermon after the peace with England, Hemmenway counsels that God has ordained human liberty. "God has called us to liberty." The Christian has "a new covenant right to the common privileges of humanity." But Liberty means freedom from tyranny under the authority of a just government and God; it does not consist of "lawless licentiousness." We are all "subject to the obligation of the law of God."
The sermon cautions against the "abuse of liberty." Hemmenway was the pastor of a Congregational Church in Wells, then in Massachusetts and now in Maine.
FIRST EDITION. Evans 18526. Williamson 4411. Item #34604