Item #25594 A Sermon Preached Before His Excellency John Hancock, Esq; Governour, The Honourable The Senate, And The House Of Representatives Of The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts, October 25, 1780. Being The Day Of The Commencement Of The Constitution, And Inauguration Of The New Government. Samuel Cooper.

A Sermon Preached Before His Excellency John Hancock, Esq; Governour, The Honourable The Senate, And The House Of Representatives Of The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts, October 25, 1780. Being The Day Of The Commencement Of The Constitution, And Inauguration Of The New Government.

Boston, Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Printed by T. and J. Fleet, and J. Gill, 1780. Very Good +. Item #25594

[Boston], Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Printed by T. and J. Fleet, and J. Gill. First Edition. Octavo. [4], 55 pp. Stitched into modern marbled wrappers, with half title. Half-title trimmed along fore-edge, contemporary gift inscription, sparse foxing, else a Very Good and well-preserved copy.

John Adams was the principal author of the Constitution of Massachusetts, which was drafted in 1779 and ratified on October 25th, 1780. It was also one of the most significant documents of the Revolution, serving as a model for the Constitution of the United States and remains one of the oldest continuously functioning constitutions in the world. Cooper was undoubtedly chosen as a speaker for this occasion for his elevated position as pastor at the Brattle Street Church, a position he held from 1749-1783, counting John Adams, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock as members of his parish.

Cooper here likens the United States to ancient Israel... "like that nation we rose from oppression and emerged 'from the House of Bondage': Like that nation we were led into a wilderness, as a refuge from tyranny, and a preparation from our civil and religious rights." This just one of a handful of Cooper's sermons that made it into print, rated his best by the 19th century clergyman J.G. Palfrey (see DAB IV, p. 411).

No copies in retail as of February 2023.

[Evans 16753; Sabin 16603].

Price: $850.00