New Haven: Printed by Read and Morse, 1800. 32pp, stitched and untrimmed. Title and last leaf browned, as are some narrow blank margins. Couple of small holes [text unaffected]. Good+.
This is the only contemporary edition of a bizarre work focusing on political and cultural matters. Austin's Letters are to King George III, Pius VII, Napoleon, the French Nation, the English Nation, the People of the United States, the Christian Church Throughout the World, Members of the Synod of New York and New Jersey; and, last but not least, To the Seed of Abraham. He also renders additional observations on the Constitution, biblical revelations, and the editors of the Connecticut Evangelical Magazine.
Austin scolds the King of England: "You have for some years stood a battering ram against the Almighty;" and Pius VII, "the existing twig of the anti-Christian tree." Napoleon, however, is praised. His Standard, "unfurled in these United States," is "the sword of the Almighty" against "Papal superstition." To the "Seed of Abraham" he promises that "the moment of your restoration fast approaches." This will occur in the USA. The City of Washington "is your rallying point." Austin urges them "to purchase lots in the Federal City."
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