A CENTURY-SERMON PREACH'D AT THE FIRST-PARISH IN LANCASTER, MAY 28TH. 1753. BY TIMOTHY HARRINGTON, PASTOR OF THE FIRST CHURCH IN LANCASTER.

Boston: N.E. Printed and Sold by S. Kneeland... 1753. [4], 29, [1 blank] pp, with the half title, as issued. Stitching broken. Half title and last leaf toned. Scattered and generally light foxing. Good+.

The Sermon, an illuminating account of the settlers' earliest encounters with the native Indian tribes, is the only 18th century American title to call itself a "Century Sermon." It was reprinted in 1806. During the American Revolution Harrington, "Lancaster's prudent and much beloved minister," was temporarily placed on a "Black List" for his alleged Loyalist sympathies. See, 'The Bay State Monthly' for June 1884, pages 377-386.
"A Century from the Incorporation of the Town this Day expires-- And altho' it was long a Frontier, and has often suffer'd the Fury of the Enemy; is yet fair, and flourishing." Harrington recounts the Town's history, beginning in 1645, with the transfer by deed from local Indians to "Thomas King, John Prescot, and others" of a tract of land, "Ten Miles in Length, and Eight in Breadth; with these Restrictions, that the English shou'd not molest the Indians in their Hunting, Fishing, or usual Planting Places-- And the General Court confirm'd the Deed."
The Town's slow but peaceful progress was interrupted in 1675 by "Philip, Sachem of Pocanoket, commonly call'd King Philip, [who] rebell'd against the English, and began a very bloody & destructive War," whose bloody effects on the Town are described-- deaths, captivities, and torture. Later grisly struggles with the French and Indians are recounted. Today, "The Habitations of Cruelty are become a Valley of Vision-- Where Satan was worshipped with horrid Rites, the GOD of Heaven is now adored."
FIRST EDITION. Evans 7020. ESTC W3730. Sabin 30457. Not in Field, Eberstadt, Decker, Church, Siebert Sale. Item #36224

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