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An apology for the liberties of the churches in New England: to which is prefix'd, a discourse concerning the Congregational churches.

Mather, Samuel.

Published by Printed by T. Fleet for Daniel Henchman, Boston, 1738
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Sole edition of Mather's classic work of ecclesiastical polity. The peculiar practices (i.e., "liberties") of the American Congregational churches that he discusses and defends include the right to ordain their ministers, the right of the congregation to select its ministers, the right to send Elders as emissaries and representatives, the right to remove Elders and pastors, the right to withhold communion from "disqualified" individuals, the right to deal with transgressors in private, the right of holding synods, and the right to increase the number of members and churches. At the time of this publication, Mather (1706?85), the son of Cotton Mather, was pastor of Second Church in Boston. This is his second substantial publication, the first having been the biography of his father. => This was attractively printed with some care, incorporating some attractive head- and tailpieces. 8vo (20 cm; 8"). [4] ff., ix, [3], 116 [i.e., 216] pp. Sabin 4679; Evans 4275.; Holmes, Minor Mathers; 60; Sabin 46791; ESTC W37808. Later 18th-century full calf with gilt double-rule border to each cover, same double rule above and below each spine band, and a neat gilt-tooled spine label; board edges blind-tooled with a roll. Binding solid but a bit scuffed; interior clean and tight. Bookseller Inventory # 34648

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Title: An apology for the liberties of the churches...

Publisher: Printed by T. Fleet for Daniel Henchman, Boston

Publication Date: 1738

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