Boston: Printed by Richard Draper... 1766. 39, [1 blank] pp, but lacking the half title. Disbound, some spotting, last leaf loose but present. Good+.
Preached soon after repeal of the Stamp Act, this sermon reflects the relief experienced in the Colonies by those who, like Barnard, feared the rush of events that might lead to revolution and government by popular majority.
Favoring an "equitable" constitution with a "ballance of power," Barnard warns, "A government altogether popular by reason of an infinite diversity of particular interests, dissonant opinions, and formal consultations of the whole body, is slow, uneven, and liable to convulsions, and subversion." Good government requires "an economically independent, educated, leisured order of society standing securely and permanently above the petty selfishness of ordinary men scattered through half a continent" [Bailyn].
FIRST EDITION. Evans 10235. Bailyn 284, note 52 [Belknap Press: 1992]. Item #36250