THE VANITY OF ZEAL FOR FASTS, WITHOUT TRUE JUDGMENT, MERCY AND COMPASSIONS. A SERMON PREACH'D AT CHARLESTOWN, JANUARY 28. 1747,8. ON A PUBLICK FAST, AFTER THE DESTRUCTION OF THE PROVINCE COURT-HOUSE BY FIRE. PUBLISHED BY DESIRE.
Boston: Printed by Rogers and Fowle, in Queen-Street, 1748. 27, [1 blank] pp. Disbound, with the half title. Light scattered foxing. Very Good. Bound in modern half black cloth and marbled paper over boards. Owner's rubberstamp on front pastedown.
One of several sermons printed during 1748 on this fire, which destroyed public records and "other useful and valuable Writings." Prentice offers an unusually interesting explanation of the "Injustice and Unrighteousness" which caused the fire.
The cause is "an uncertain and sinking Paper-Medium which circulating through the Land, doth I fear, spread Injustice...and sadly corrupt and endanger the whole Political Body." For "Men, finding the Currency sinking, and having no Way to right themselves therefor, but by altering and adjusting the Prices of Things, to what they suppose to be the Decrease, of the Value of the Bills, and so being left at Liberty to judge and determine their own Cause...are apt, in every Advance, to rise too high, in their Demands..."
FIRST EDITION. Evans 6227. Not in Rink, Kress. ESTC W28505. Item #38752