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A Discourse Delivered on the National Thanksgiving, April 13, 1815.

Pamphlet]. Emmons, Nathanael, D.D

Published by Dedham, MA. Printed at the Gazette Office. ., 1815
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8vo. 19 pp. An interesting sermon, relevant to our day, on the occasion of the end of the War of 1812, by Nathanael Emmons (1745?1840), Yale graduate, long-time pastor of the Church in Franklin, MA, and brother-in-law of Jonathan Edwards, with whom he studied for his ordination. Nominally Congregationalist, he was an ally of Samuel Hopkins in Hopkinsianism, a variant of Calvinism preaching ?disinterested benevolence? Hopkins was an early abolitionist in Newport, RI, arguing in 1776 for emancipation. Here Emmons argues, from Jeremiah, that leaders must arise from amongst the people. Choosing one?s own rulers is a privilege, originating among the Jews. The American elective system is similarly unique. George Washington was among the few who knew their power was given by the people and derived from the character of the people. A people gain from electing men with political knowledge and skill in uniting the disparate views of their constituents, thus uniting the body politic. A people must appoint men of integrity, the first virtue of a civil ruler. The system of elections from among the people maximizes the chance of electing men of integrity. To behave so, the people must have useful knowledge and be kept from ignorance. Good rulers will husband the resources of the nation, which come from taxation and protect the people?s property. By avoiding unjust or unnecessary wars, good rulers protect the lives of their people. Choosing the best men to manage their best interests from amongst themselves is the greatest blessing, the sum of civic privileges. On the then current arrival of peace (the War of 1812) Emmons attributes the war to the mismanagement and failures of Thomas Jefferson. He claims that the election of such a ruler is the fault of the people, who abdicated their intrinsic power in electing him. Often, in history, when that happens, the people themselves are corrupt and get what they deserve. Now that peace has come, the people must reform and elect from among themselves only the best rulers. Tucked in is a clipping from a Franklin MA newspaper from January 2, 1906 concerning a reception for Rev John Reid, the new minister of the Franklin Congregational Church. At the celebration a poem, a parody of Edgar A. Poe?s ?The Raven?, entitled ?The New Minister? was read by C. B. Johnson. In it, the author refers to Rev. ?Dr. Emmons, quaint but mighty, well equipped to put to flight aLegion, yea, and more, of evil men;Twenty-nine he did confess to, and his people did their best toMake him feel that youth was what was needed then.Would we had more, just his like again.? Toned. Staples rusting. Corner lost from upper free edge of last leaf, without encroaching upon text. Else, Very good. Printed paper wrap. Stab sewn. and stapled. Bookseller Inventory # 11290

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Title: A Discourse Delivered on the National ...

Publisher: Dedham, MA. Printed at the Gazette Office. .

Publication Date: 1815

Edition: First Edition.

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