Boston: Printed by T. Fleet, for Daniel Henchman, 1738. ,ix,,216pp. (last page mistakenly numbered 116). Contemporary panelled calf, neatly rebacked with original spine laid down. Front blank flyleaf with loss in lower outer corner. Scattered foxing. Very good. This copy bears two contemporary ownership inscriptions on the front fly leaf, one from "Benjamin Dickinson" and the other from "D. Fuller." Manuscript notes on the front and rear endpapers, apparently in Dickinson's hand, offer some further thoughts on the subject of the book. One of Samuel Mather's earlier works, attempting to explain the peculiarities of New England Congregational churches, "that they are means for the edification and spiritual advantage of the faithful...in this we have a sort of politicks, which are spiritual and all divine; a government that is founded on charity, the public good being the sole end of it." Samuel was the son of Cotton Mather and, at the time of this publication, was pastor of Second Church in Boston. EVANS 4275. HOLMES, MINOR MATHERS 60. SABIN 46791. NAIP w037808. (Inventory #: WRCAM33943A)
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