Boston: Samuel Hall, 1799. 79, [1 blank] pp, but lacking the half title. Disbound, light toning. Good+.
"Not in Howes, but should be" [III Jenkins, Early American Imprints 819]. "A remarkable discourse, with an Appendix, giving an account of a French Revolutionary Society, called the 'Lodge of Wisdom,' with lists of its members in various parts of America" [II Jenkins 713].
Morse sees several threats to our government: France is at the top; but "an insatiable ardor to get rich," "insubordination to civil authority," and "the spread of infidel and atheistical principles, in all parts of our country" also burrow at American foundations. A long and intemperate Appendix, replete with footnotes and references to official documents, seeks to reveal a French "project of revolutionizing the United States," culminating in "the Jacobin Clubs, instituted by Genet." See DAB's sketch of Morse's life, crediting his "sensational" sermons for contributing "to the wave of popular hysteria which followed the outbreak of the quasi-war with France." Hall's first edition issued in 1798.
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