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Later plain wrappers. 31 pp. Mild staining or scattered foxing throughout. Very good. Coffin, a reverend from Buxton, ME (then still a district of MA), delivered this sermon before the Massachusetts legislature on the day of the 1798-99 election for candidates to the House of Representatives. Though Coffin supported incumbent John Adams and his Federalist party, which gained 3 seats overall, Congress ultimately handed the presidency to Thomas Jefferson after a close election in 1800. Full of inspirational exposition on the role of government and statesmanship. One sentiment holds particularly true today: "Every man in office should be possessed of probity and firmness, and a friend to mankind and righteousness. The laws of a country may be wise and good; yet, when the actions of men are tried by them, they may be twisted and perverted, so that the innocent shall suffer, and the guilty be acquitted. The laws shall have 'a meaning never meant,' owing to some vague expressions in the frame of them; or some other handle will be made use of to the same purpose. Hence the importance of integrity in the judicial department" (11-12 pp.). REFERENCES: Evans, Charles, Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800, Readex, No. 35317.
Title: A Sermon, Preached Before His Honor Moses Gill, Esq., Lieutenant-Governor, the Honorable the Council, Senate, and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. May 29, 1799, Being the Day of General Election.
Publisher: Boston:, Young & Minns, 1799.: 1799
lbs: 3.00 lbs
Seller ID: LV1896