The Fidelity of Ministers to Themselves, and to the flock of God, consider'd and enforced. A sermon preach'd at the ordination of Thaddeus Maccarty to the pastoral office over the Church of Christ in Kingston (in the County of Plimouth) Nov. 3. 1742. Published at the desire of the Church there [Half title: Mr. Gray's Sermon at the Ordination of Mr. Maccarty] [Inscribed by Maccarty]
Boston: G. Rogers for M. Dennis, 1742. Very Good. Item #25903
Boston: Printed by G. Rogers for M. Dennis near Scarlet's Wharff, 1742. First Edition. Octavo (18cm.); removed, all edges stained blue; 40pp. ([A]4 B-E4, collated and complete with half title); decorative initials, head- and tail-pieces. Brief contemporary manuscript marginalia to half title partly trimmed, occasional contemporary manuscript corrections throughout text; a Very Good copy overall. Inscribed at head of half title: "The gift of Mr. Maccarty to John Angier."
Old Light sermon delivered at the height of the Great Awakening religious revival, the speaker reminding his listeners "That none but converted Persons can be instrumental of begetting Souls to God, and of carrying on the Work of Grace where it is begun," even if "this Hypothesis is warmly denied by many in our Day" (p. 8). The text concludes with two short pieces, "The Charge given by the Rev. Eells of Scituate," attributed to Nathaniel and Edward Eells; and "The Right Hand of Fellowship given by the Rev. Mr. Lewis of Pembrook," attributed to Daniel Lewis.
EVANS 4963; ESTC W20318; SABIN 28383.