Item #28829 A Sermon, Preached Before His Honour Samuel Adams, Esq. Lieutenant Governor; the Honourable the Council Senate, and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, May 28th, 1794. Being the day of General Election [Arodi Thayer's Copy]. Samuel Deane.
A Sermon, Preached Before His Honour Samuel Adams, Esq. Lieutenant Governor; the Honourable the Council Senate, and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, May 28th, 1794. Being the day of General Election [Arodi Thayer's Copy]
A Sermon, Preached Before His Honour Samuel Adams, Esq. Lieutenant Governor; the Honourable the Council Senate, and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, May 28th, 1794. Being the day of General Election [Arodi Thayer's Copy]
Praise for John Hancock, previously owned by the man who arrested him

A Sermon, Preached Before His Honour Samuel Adams, Esq. Lieutenant Governor; the Honourable the Council Senate, and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, May 28th, 1794. Being the day of General Election [Arodi Thayer's Copy]

Boston: At the State Press, by Adams and Larkin, 1794. Very Good. Item #28829

Printed in Boston: At the State Press, by Adams and Larkin, Printers to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1794. First Edition. Octavo; stitched self-wrappers; 31,[1],6,[2]pp. (A-D4 a4, collated complete with half title page). Foxing to early leaves, untrimmed margins a bit chipped and curled, else Very Good and sound overall.

Provenance: Contemporary ownership signature at head of half title page of Arodi Thayer, Esq. (1743-1831). Though largely forgotten today, Thayer played a small but important role in pre-Revolutionary Massachusetts where he served as Marshal of the Court Admiralty. It was in this capacity that Thayer arrested John Hancock for smuggling in 1768. When the war broke out Thayer, a "Moderate Tory," was banished from Massachusetts from 1778 to 1790 as an enemy of the state. In his copy of this election sermon Thayer, newly returned to the state, has added in the bottom margin of p. 19 the name "Washington" (referred to in the text as the "Supreme Ruler of events"). A few pages later, on p. 22, Thayer has written "Hancock" in the bottom margin, the text referring to the recent death of "that distinguished person and illustrious republican, who has so long sat, and with so much dignity, in the chief seat of government."

EVANS 26855; SABIN 19059.

Price: $500.00