1771 · London
An aggressive defense of religious nonconformity, here in the second edition. Furneaux (1726–83) wrote this "powerful and able statement of the moral arguments against enforcing religious truths by civil penalties" after several years of political activity promoting the legal protection of dissenting preachers from the British government (DNB online).
Thomas Jefferson owned a copy of this edition of Furneaux's important work on religious freedom. Perhaps he => preferred this second edition because it is "with additions, and an appendix, containing authentic copies of the argument of the late Honourable Mr. Justice Foster in the Court of Judges Delegates, and of the speech of the Right Honourable Lord Mansfield in the House of Lords, in the cause between the City of London and the Dissenters."
Evidence of Readership: Numerous passages underlined and marked for emphasis by a past (and clearly engaged) reader throughout.
Provenance: Signature of W. Ward dated 1824 on front endpaper; later in the library of the Pacific School of Religion (properly released).
ESTC T54235; Eller, William Blackstone Collection in the Yale Law Library, 254; Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1712. Brown polished half calf over marbled paper, spine with blind rules in a Greek key pattern, gilt rules, gilt compartment devices and a gilt brown leather label; all edges marbled; binding rubbed, covers recently professionally reattached and corners refurbished. Ex-library: bookplate, rubber-stamps on fly-leaf, bottom margin of title-page, and title-page verson; circulation pocket and slip on back endpapers. Very light age-toning; marked by a reader as above. (Inventory #: 36179)