1758 · Boston
Parsons was strongly influenced by the Great Awakening and was a friend of Whitefield, who died in Parsons' house. He would be among the most prominent supporters of the American Revolution among the New England clergy.
Here the authors defend the Presbytery's decision to cashier Reverend Abercrombie, and to make rules for the governance of constituent churches. They observe, with admirable candor and detachment, "that, of all Paper Wars, those among Divines are often prosecuted with most Bitterness and Ill-Nature-- That Writers on Astronomy, on natural Philosophy, on Politicks and other Subjects, treat one another with Candor and Decency, while Ecclesiasticks appear, too frequently, to be under the baleful Influence of a Spirit of Rancour and Malice-- And that this is apt to be the Case especially in Replies, and Duplies, that, in these, they are wont to leave the Argument and fall foul of one another with unmannerly, personal Reflections."
Evans 8224. (Inventory #: 30195)