Boston: Thomas and John Fleet, 1788. , 24, , [2 blanks] pp. With the half title and final blank. Light spotting, else Very Good. Bound in modern buckram, with gilt-lettered title and institutional gum label on front cover, bookplate and rubberstamp on verso of front cover. The Episcopal Bishop of Connecticut, Seabury examines the religious bases of charity. The proper object of charity is "every one who is suffering for want, no matter how their sufferings came on them." But, in an important caveat, he explains that, "where poverty is owing merely to idleness, it has no claim upon Charity, further than the present emergency. There can be no reason why a person who has health and ability, should not support himself by his labour, or should be permitted to prey upon the labour and industry of others, and thereby rob the helpless poor of that portion of christian liberality which would otherwise come to them." Seabury orates on the excellence of the Society, "formed more than sixty years ago." The six-page Appendix is "a short account of the origin of the Boston Episcopal Charitable Society..." FIRST EDITION. Evans 21452. (Inventory #: 24049)
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