Boston: Printed By Richard Draper, Printer of His Excellency the Governor, 1769. Octavo. Item #027732
55 pages. The Rev. Jason Haven was a graduate of Harvard and a longtime pastor of the First Church of Dedham. He was initially most famous for requiring those guilty of fortification before the entire congregation and confess their misdeeds. In this sermon that was preached before the Great and General Court of Massachusetts in 1769, he spoke often in favor of the rights of Americans often quoting John Locke. Here was an open cry against the acts of Parliament: "People indeed apprehend some of their most important civil rights and privileges to be in great danger; and that several of them cannot be enjoyed under the execution of certain acts [presumably the Townsend Acts of 1767 with the sending of British troops in 1768 to enforce them in 1768], lately passed in the Parliament of Great Britain." Since this was preached before the authorities of the Massachusetts Great and General Court, it would have been heard by John Adams as well as those who represented Great Britain. A good copy lacking only the half title, dampstainig to the last 7 leaves but the text is easily read, early repair to corners of pages 6. 8 and 55 (outer margins only), bound in a 3/4 brown pebble grained morocco over marbled paper covered boards with matching endpapers, raised bands with compartments lettered and decorated inn gilt, top edge, gilt, wear to corners.