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A Sermon Preached before His Excellency Francis Bernard, Esq; Governor, The Honorable His Majesty's Council, and The Honorable House of Representatives, of the Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England, May 29th 1765. Being the Anniversary for the Election of His Majesty's Council for the Province
Boston: Printed by Green and Russell, Printers to the Honorable House of Representatives, 1765. First Edition. 8vo, 59 pages, with the half-title. Original stitched signatures. Lightly foxed & age-browned, modest edgewear, signature in old ink of the Rev. M. Foxcroft on the half-title page & a couple manuscript corrections at pages 20, 21, & 29 (probably in Foxcroft's hand), Very Good. Rev. Eliot, addressing the leaders of the Province, just two months after passage of the hated Stamp Act, delivers a powerful sermon which, while ostensibly considering the qualities of a good ruler, in reality is a dynamic description of American sentiment regarding self-government. In part, Eliot writes: There is nothing that affects men more than when you touch their interest; people in general find it hard to procure the conveniences of life; nothing will sooner alienate their minds from government, than when rulers needlessly deprive them of that which is dearly earn'd, and wantonly dissipate the public treasures.
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