DISCOURSES DURING THE WAR IN AMERICA, by William Smith - 1759 [1st Ed]


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Discourses on Several Public Occasions during the War in America. Preached chiefly with a View to the Explaining the Importance of the Protestant Cause, in the British Colonies; and the Advancement of Religion, Patriotism and Military Virtue. Among which are a Discourse on Adversity; and also a Discourse on planting the Sciences, and the Propagation of Christianity, in the untutored Parts of the Earth.

by William Smith 

FIRST EDITION. London: A. Millar, 1759.

Hardback is overall in GOOD condition.

  • Antiquarian volume features full-leather binding with gilt lines along edges, and blind-tooled lettering on spine.
  • Volume displays commensurate overall wear and aging.
  • Boards exhibit overall rubbing, as well as some fading and dust.
  • Covers show notable edgewear, with exposed boards at corners, as well as bumping of foot corners, with pronounced rubbing and some creasing at head corner on back, and faded ink writing on front. (See photos) 
  • Spine displays overall rubbing and cracking, with a 0.25" hole near foot, and a chip to head, going 0.5" into spine.
  • Binding is overall secure, with some cracking and gapping to hinges. Front hinge displays a 1.75" split from head. (See photos)
  • Front pastedown exhibits sticker residue near head edge, and back pastedown has some pencil writing. Edges are dry and cracked. 
  • Endpapers are toned with marginal offsets, going 0.5" into pages. 
  • Preliminary pages are missing up to title page. Title page is detached. (See photos)
  • Title page as well as first preface page exhibit offset along edges, going 0.75" maximum into page, and persisting faintly onto a couple following pages. 
  • Interior is toned throughout, with scattered foxing, and occasional corner creasing. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Inside pages occasionally display edgewear, and are dry with some cracking at end of book. 
  • Text block edges exhibit commensurate toning with minor damp staining to head, and some ink staining to lower part of fore edge. (See photos)
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
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246 pages. 5.25 x 8.25 inches.

Contains six discourses and three appendices, of speeches made by the author in Philadelphia and NYC, including Christ Church, the College of Philadelphia and Trinity Church. Book is complete, missing only prelims before title page.

This collection of six speeches is a historical piece of great significance in American history. Such discourses must be considered a valuable insight into the spiritual, political, and psychological life of Americans in times of conflict--military, religious or other. These speeches are inspiring, majestic, and charismatic and reveal the comforting courage and faith of their author. From an eulogy upon the death of a beloved pupil, to speeches about the colonies, religion, and war, this is a collection of discourses to be treasured by any who recognizes, and marvels at, the power of speech to comfort and strengthen.

William Smith (1727-1803) was the first provost of the College of Philadelphia, which was later to become the University of Pennsylvania. He founded the Washington College in Chestertown, MD and Saint-John's College in Annapolis, MD. An Anglican priest, he advocated American Anglicanism, supporting George Washington and endeavoring for the ordination of a bishop who would reside in the American colonies.

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