1798 · Boston
Thayer was the first American-born New Englander to be ordained into the Roman Catholic priesthood [XIV Catholic Encyclopedia 556]. As "the first converted American divine" [DAB], he was known as 'John Turncoat.' Much was written, in many languages, on his celebrated conversion. DAB calls this Discourse "noteworthy."
Thayer's preface, "to the Roman Catholic Congregation of Boston," refers to himself as a "native American" in contrast to his parishioners who, "though mostly foreigners," are "fired with the same ardour, in the cause of America, which warms the breasts of its native citizens."
FIRST EDITION. Parsons 196. Evans 34646. ESTC W38009. (Inventory #: 36567)