Benjamin Stevens.

A sermon preached at Boston, before the great and General court or assembly of the province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, May 27. 1761. Being the day appointed by royal charter for the election of His Majesty'c Council for said province online

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MANY ufeful refledlion^ tnight be deduccjd
Frpra this fubjeft, but my> difcourfe ha? already been .
protrajfted to fuch a length, tl^at, I may pnly hint at
a few.

First,The fpirit and gfenius of'the facred oracles
may be confidcred as a prqfutnptivc' argument in


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^vour c^their trut& and dw'^iie onginal: Kot iQnI|'
the externa) evidtea^e,' but the mt6tt\il ttaa^ and
^haradbei;^ of a revelatioiii are to be takea tnc^ [email protected]^
deration. -*- The reprfefenCation bow made of thf
natqre and defign of the fcripture$, {hsyt thsrs^ not
to be unworthy of God, or unfuitable to the (late
9fld dreutnftanpes of man. Had thefe ^rrittn^s
been dilated by impoftare or enthufiafmi fo great
«uid ^00^ a deflgn coutd not have been expected.

We may alfo infer. That thofe who plead for
the Avme right of abfoFute monarchy, or of it*s
indefeafible Sneal faccedlon, and abfolute ^lub-
tpi^on to arbitrary will and lawlefs fway - r or
«bo would deftijoy all ord?r and government, an4
iii^e^ mankind to the confuilons and miferiea of
anarchy, muft have ionie other fupport for their
refpis^ie; fchemess than the wor4 of God.

Agajn, It may be. Inferred from thisdifcourfc,
that the fpirit of Pominatiop, that has appeared in
the chriftian church, and the perfecutions and cru-
elties, with which it has been accompanied and fup-
portcd, are truly antichriftian.

Thi& fubjeft likewife teaches us, as we value
our libertiesi, either civil or feored,, to prize the gof-
pel, and to feek and cultivate the fpirit of it's di-
vine author. Not only thofe, ftates that were once
moft famed ibr liberty, as Greece and Rome, funk

into flayery when they loft their virtue j but when


54- An Election Sermon.

thekingflocri'Of God was taken from the JewSjtlwy
were g?ven up .to the oppreflions of the moft. cruel
tyranny ttt- This alfo is in general the ftate of thofe
places who were once bleffed y?ith the golpeVsbijt
have now Joft it. , •

. , B U T I muft . proceed to a more particular ajjr
plication of my fubjeft — And beg leave upon this
occafion, in the firft place to adcjrefs payfelftp
THE Guardians of our civil Liberties ;
.under which denomination, I cpniprehefi|d ajl our
honoured Rukrs and political Fathers, pqlTeffed
cither of legiflative or e:?ecutive power. —

My honored Fathers will permit me, with all
due refpedt, to remind them of the great and im-
portant truft committed to them by God and Man.

All power is originally from God, and civilgo-
vernraent his inftitution, and is defigned to effe6t
fome of the great defigns pf his moral adminiiftration,
and to advance the happinefs of his creatures. Civjl
power ought therefore ever to be employed agreable
to the nature aKd will of the fupreme Sovereign and
Guardian of all our fights.'


But tho' civil power is t,l}e ordinance of heaven,

yet is it to be confidered as granted alfo by the

'people-^ and granted for very important ends : the

natural"independence they give up, and, liberty they

part with, is for the fecurjty of civil liberty. And

- ^ - civil

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civil fociety is atnoft falutary inftitutio;^ •— a ftatc^
far beft adapted to the ^appinefs of man, according^,
to the 'prcfent conftitution of things, Unnumber''d
are the bleflings that refalt from this ftate, when
civil aathority is improved for thepurppfea for which
it ifrgranted. Then each individual enjoys all thofe^
rights which are the gift of the univeria) . Parent ;•
having alfo the proteftion of government, and Che
fecurity of laws j from whence refulttoo many ad- ,
vantages to be now enumerated. But the enjoy- ^
ment of thefe Bleflings mainly depend upon the con-
duft of thofe vefted with civil power. It is there-
fore a moft, important truft that fuch perfons have
committed to them : and upon a faithful difcharge
of it, the happinefs of the whole civil fociety mainly,
under God, depends. You do well therefore. Gen-
tlemen, to confider the happinefs of this people, .
not only in the prefent time but iff future genera-
tions, ( for few afts of government are limited in,
their operations to the prelent time ) committed to
your care. Viewing things in this light, the duties
of your refpeftive ftations are important, and your
obligations to perform them apparent. To be con-
ftituted either by a Prince, whofe glory is the hap-
pinefs of his fubjefts ; or, to be chofen by a free
people as protestors of their privileges^ and guardi-
ans of their rights and laws, — how great are the
bbligations to duty and fidelity ?

But the following things, which you will fufFer
me to remind you of, give an additional ftrengtK


56 Aft 'ELttrt&n ^EtJAoii,

to youf obiigattidrtSj to tBt M^dl your ref|)e^iVfi
par tSj to lecurctotts our ISbef tiesj and advance ouf

We haw long ha<f the happitiefi of ehjoylhg a
ttOfl: excellent bonftitution of government 5 A gO"
vtrnlmchE jn-vi^lirch the prerogative Of the foVerei^
ancf the 'priVilcdges of the people are fo ten!tpefed,
that they rtiutually Tiipport one another — " A
cohftitdtion formed bft fcommon reafon, commoft
cbnieht, arid common good : A conftitution of free
and equal laws, fecured agaihft arbitr'ary >n^ll, and
popular licence, by an admirable tetnper^riient of
the governing powers, controling and controlcd by
ohe another ". The Englifli conftiti.iti|)n is not
only the pride of Britons, but the envy of its neigh-
bors. — ^ We Ijave atfothro' the goodnefs of the Al-
mighty, been favoured with Princes, efpecially lirtce
theacceffion oftjiofe of theilluftrious houfe 6f Ha-
novevy that have been puardiansofourrigbti, and
Fathers of the people. — Indeed a renowned Prince
of the houfe of Orange is not to be forgotten, but
ever to be'remembered with gratitude, as our Deli^
verer frotn tyranny.

But the goodnefs of that God, by whom kings
reign, is not to be paffcd by unnoticed, in having
given us fo excellent a Monarch, as his late illuftrious
Majefty — His goodnefs^ a!lfo in continuing him fo
long, aad inoicakiQghim fo great a BkiEng to his


An Election Sermon-. 57

f^l(iie extended dominion — A rnon^rfch who reigns^
ip the hearts qf his numerous fubjefls '. — A monafqln
w.hg ha,d repeatedly thii honorable teftirtiony from
tht teprefentative body of the n^tioni that he nevcri
in one inftance, during thetouriTe of his long reign^
viol^ed the fconftitution, " but that binder his royal
proteflion we had lived, ii? art uninterrupted and Te-
Gure enjoyment of our religiori, laws and liberties :"
—A monarch whofe fhining virtUeS in private life,
and v^hofe public charafter, and many illuftrious
dced^ will caufc ^ him ever to be numbered with
the beft of kingsj that have fway'd the^Britifli
Scepter, and to be. remembered, with efteeih and
'gratitude : Ahd.whofe paterpajxare of all his fubjtftsi
^ve^ thofe that were mod diftaht from the,
^hronej a,nd his attention to what wa& the common
caufe and the i^tererf of the w^ple, inanif^fted in
his w'|fe»meafures ^nd vigorous erideaVours to reco-
ver his rights, fo iinjuftly ihyaded here in Americaj
ind to defepd ahd preferve the Britifh colonies^
wi^l render ,the naifte of ipEQRGE the second
tvfif facred and dear to us.

And altho' a fucce^loh bffuch Princes, feemS
a blefiing alinoft too great to be expcfted, yet
that God " who temoveth Kings .and fttteth up
Kings ", has favored us with one to fucceed him,
forttied by his getitle tOnduiftiiig hand, and% the
forpe of his attra^ive example* to the fame happy
temper. — A Prince poffcllcd of fuch amiable virtues
and fjtecUent accomplifhments, as giv^ ground to
H expc£l

58 An Election Sermout.

expect the continuance and adva!hcement of ail tliofc
bleffiigs we enjoyed ' urtder the rergn ofhisroyat
grrifii -rather. — A Prince not only born and edu-
cated in Eng'iai y^, but wha glories in the name of
Eritoit — A Prince who hjs moft gracioafl'y affured
ys, that it is his firm and invariable refolution td
adhere to, and ftrengthen our excellent conftitution,
td maintain the Toleration inviolable,' and proteft
his faithful fubjeifls in the greateft of human blef-
fings, the fecure enjoyment of their civil- and reli-
gious Rights.

I may add, To what Iieight is the glory of the
Britifh Nation, at this time advanced ! How are
the hearts of all oniced in loyalty and afFcftion to a
fover^ign, who erfeem's the happnnefs- of his fiibje£ls
the firmeft liability of' his Throne f How great
and almofl: unparalled are the fuccefles of our
fleets and armies ; and in all parts of the globe 1
What happy confequences have refulfed from the
aufpicious conduct of a truly patriot minifter j
and from the fidelity, wifdoni, and intrepidity, ac-
companied ..with,, tlie moft generous humanity, of
others employed in public fervices ! By this happy -
coincidence of affairs, tl>e repu.tation, grandeur and
profperity of the nation was never carried to a grea-
ter plchthanat this Day.

:.,i'r< ' ' . . ■

> But to bring our views home, in this Pro-
vince i — We are blefled with a conftitution^formed


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upon the model of the Britifli povernment : — A
conftitutjon, which if kept inviolate, will fecure to
us the -blefliiig^s of civil focicty, and the advantages
Oif rejigious liberty. '•' Under the proteftion of a
•• foy^l charter, many valuable privileges and im-
*' munitles are veiled in the body of the people-,
" their properties fecurec",- and all the liberties of
" natural fubjcfts born in the realm of England,
" granted and affirmed to them ".— ** And their
*' religious ^ivileges have ever been moft dear tq
*J them."

*Tis alfo to be remembered, that to enjoy the
feleffings of chriftjan liberty, our pious anceftors
left their pleafant native country, and came into an
inhofpital wildernefs : oppfeffed with ccclefiaftical
tyranny, they fought a retreat in the wilds of Ame -
«ca — and thro* unnumbered difEeukics, heavpn
condufting, protefting and -profpering thenij! they
jit length obtained an Afylum here.

Placed as we have been near a rival, perfidious
power, with numerous favages at it's command, nvc
have ftruggled with many difficulties, ever fince
our firft fcttlement, to the laft year, to raaintasH our
independence and fecure our rights •, and have
nov/ fecn, through the tender mercy of our God,
a moft happy rtfult of this long conttft — tlie
fchemes pj^ our enejuies being <^skat^d^ Uicir de-

6o ^n Elec^ io'n Sermon.

fign? blafted, and \ye ddfvercd from the calatiiiiips
that attended, and. the ftill greater miferids, th^t
threatned us. — - Heaven hais fhewn a moft tendej
regafd for our welfare— Heaven has been kind to
ys beyond our deferr^ — and bcftowed jts titeffipg
wjch a moft liberal hand.

But the fecurity, the continuance, the improve'
rnent of thefe bleflingSr and tranfmit ting their falu-
fary effeifts to potterity, may greatly depend,' my
honored fathers, upon your vyife and good condudl.

The connedijon between religion and liberty is
^parent, I fruft, froni what we'have heard at this
time. Religion being the only folid bafis of this
'^neflimable blcfling, your firft regard is due thereto.
Keligion, indeed, is the ^rft and principal concern
of every man, as the favor of his maker, and his
happinefs int^nje and through eternity depend upot^ <
\i. No ojther principle «?ill fo effeflually fecure the
reditude of your conduct, and lead you with equal
uniformity^ and ardor to feek the welfare of this
people. Influenced by thefpirit ofour hpjy religion,
we may expeft from a regard to the authority
of God, ftdelity in the of^ces yoq fuftain. Bene-
volence, which includes patriotifm, " being alfo a
diftinguifhing branch of the religion bf Chrift, as
this prevails in you, we may exped all thofe happy
qonfequences, th^t refult from a patriot fpirit, and

patriot meafures.

'- ' ' ' Possessed

PossESSEb of the fpirit of Cl^irift, from f rjBgari|
to the honor of God, - a finccre defire toqonvply wiih.
His will, and a tender Concern for the hap.pifiC'fe-©!
thife people, you will be led ferioufly to confilkiij
what is more efpecially your duty at this 'time ♦, and
what the prefent conjuhdiure of affairs demandi?.
The difpenfations of providence jn piarticular in the
fignal fiiccefles granted to Out arms here in America,
pall for oui- ^itetjtiOh and religious itppro*i*'ement.
It is not for riie to fay, what ma^'bt your duty, £»
?ill refpe&j In confhjiV^ndeof th^^fe remarfcableeven'cs.
Should our valuable acquifitions for the future re-
'rnain a part of the Britifli dominloris ( Which God
ailmighty grant ! ) new Jfceljfes of duty, as well'as
h^pinefs may open.

But as Peace, the great objeift of our purfuk, ^
pot yet obtained, fuffer me to enquire, whether it
is not incumbent upon us at this time,fully to Gom-
'ply with rf^e reafonable Remands of his Majcfty, to
provide for the fecurity of tliofe conqUefts already
made, iahd for the farthe'' proficution oftheWdr
with vigor ? As we hereby, ib'all teftify cur gra-
titude for what hath been: already done for us, our
loyalty to our new fovereigo, and recoromend our
'felVes to his royal favor, and poffibly further con-
tribute to the humbling our fenemies, ' and ^e pro-
curing peace upon terms of glory and advantage,
as well as taanifeft our deep fenfe of the importance
- of thefe conquefts being annexed to the Britilh Crown.


62 An Elect 10*1 Sermon.

From thefe confiderations; &k\^ our burdens are
.great, Ihould we not be excited once more to eX'
ert our felves with the utmoft vigor and chearfulnefs
in the important caufe, upon which the intereft of
the whole Britifli dominions, and our future fecurity
and tranquility fo greatly depend ?

To return. As no natural or civil advanta^
ges will fecure the happinefs of a people without
religion and public virtue, the connexion between
vice andflaVery being as natural and unavoidable
to a community, as to an individual ', as he that
conimitteth fin, is a fervant of fin, fo the general
• prevalence of vice in a (late will bring on flavery :
therefore as you would fecure our freedom, my Fa-
thers, your regard is due to the moral and religious
ftate of this people.

Thro' the piou$ care and wife conduct of the
admxniftration in times paft, gdod provifion has
been made by the legifiature, to keep up the know-
ledge of the gofpel, and to bring men to the pradicfi
of it's precepts. We have alio many good laws for
the promoting of piety and virtue, and the fup-
preflion of vice and immorality : But it deferves con-
iideration, whether a more vigorous execution of
thefe laws is not ncceffary. It is weakening the au-
thority of government and laws, to have any enaftcd
and not put in execution. Among other things
. (but are recorded to the honor of on^ of the beft of

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our ancient Princes, * it isfaid " his laws were mild
but feverely executed. " And the majefty of, laws
muft be revered, where the liberties of a people
are fecured.

Permit me to enquire, as an Oath is fucE a
folcmn aft of religion, and one of the great ieco-
rities of government -, as our lives, property and
liberty often depend upon ifj whether fomething
further may not be requifite to render that facred
Qbligation more to be depended on, and to bring all
to pay the greatefl: reverence to that moft folemn
tye ? ^

* Alferd the great. Not lefs reoowoed for his deliTeriag
the Nation from the opprelEon of a foreign enemy, than
'his wife inSitution for the fecarity of civil liberty.

f The following queries may not be unworthy notice,—

1 . Whether Oaths mould be required where there are
great temptations to perjury, unlefs in cafes of extreme

2. Whether the form of words ought not to be the moll
folemii and (Iriking that can be invented ?

'^. Whether an Oath ought not to be adminiftred with the
greateft folemnlty — that fo it might be confidered as a re-
ligious i& — a folemn appeal to the great Go4 of truth, and
avenger of falfliood i
An apprpved writer upon Ethlcks has this obferratlon,-^
" Where perjuries grow frequent iii any ftatc, themagif-
"' trates or legiflators are generally chargeable with much
" of the guilt. If they frequently exa£i: oaths without
" rxceffity ; or where oaths give no (ecurity in the point



AoA^iN, As fathers c^ the peopki whofe duty ill
is to attend, toi the intereft of the whole family j
th^ eh|[l(k^j|/at«d: youth demand your atttentlon : a
due regard iS therefore to be paid tb their edueaft
tiotjji earjy ^ofqrm their minds to knowledge,- piety^
vir'tuej induftf^i ahd a love of liberty. — May fioi
^me farther provij(ion be madcj more ^cffeftually
to prontioic t{ie(? ends ? |{

*' in view ; or if oaths ar^ required where tliere |fe^reat
*.' t^ptations to perjury, with hopes of impunity from
•• men. — They alfo do bad fcrvice to religion, who don't
•' ,apjpoin;t an^ awful folemii foini of words, fit to ftrike the
•' minds of men, witlj reverence in fuch an aftipn." — ^ '■

Hutches ON introd. to mor.phil'

I Aiib wife Iktes .hare thought the goad education of
children and youth, xo be connected with tl;ie public weN
fare — and it has ever be'en conlidered as one of the duties

.of civil jnagiftrates tOj remise fultabie provifipn fgi their be-
coming ufelul roea^ers of fociety.r—Aod a^th;?' w* i^yc a

-ia.w;.w]iiicliirapQwets^feeS€le.i5l -men,, ,85c. to take effeflual
cajreTT^tha-tihe cWldr^o and youtI» (partic>ilair!y cif thepoor)

.do Mt Lisa idly,^&c. -r-: and^l^ho' we have a law obliging
towns of fifty families to have a. (ii;^ppl-mi)(ler, to teach
ce^din^ ^qd 'wrii^^g, . 3^4 .tp Wi^s i^f pne, rh{(gdred f^nvfl.t^s a
^.liawnar-fcliool.-^ .Query,, Mi(gh.t the firft of thefe laws be
.inade.-tiiflj-e extenfive. or. JjS {>6ttpr executed ^ -^ And,
.fccondly,, Is there jia? the & me reijfoa the at^ifififtiooldbc
fxtetided to parities : And-'^'^ ^°^ cqi^a^jy PPfSft^ary ia
many cafes to aofwer the falutary inteatioDS «i that law I

* An feLEettdN Sermon. 6 c

One thing more permit trie to hint at. — Our
iituatioti arid cireumftances demand a particular at-
tention to our hi^aridry arid tradfe, § as it is b^
our improvement of the advaitages that refult from
thofe fdurces of wealthj our iridependericc is to be
maintanM : May not fomething further be done
for^heir advanGcmertt and Encouragement ^a-ai well

'$ "ttiAr oiir lands in general might be beiter cultiviitea-^
and that we nilght Act more towards rstifing the provifions
^e codfamc iii this Province, all will allow. To cfleA thc(%
ends there are things pointed bat worthy the pablie atten-
tention, in a Pamphlet lately reprinted, intituled, " Eflays
" upon Fieid-Hulband^'y in New-Ehgland. l£y Jakes
" Eliot. "

tt would b^ going 6tit of ii)y lihcj itnbi d^emtd afrdganec/
to pretend iii point out methods for the regiilation or im-
provement 6t Trade :-^— Or, by what means 6ur export
thigiit be brought to bear a greatdr propprtion to our im-
^oi-t i But the following Refleftidns tipoa Trade in Pr.
NEWT tiN'S diflertations upon the propKecies concerluDg
Tyre, liiay not be titiaceeptiable, or without ufc.

*' Trade is a flufluating thin^ : it paiTed fromTyrc toAleii-
«« andria, from Alexandria to Venice, from Venice to An-
" twerp, from Antwerp to Amfterdam, and London ; the
" Englifti rivalling the Diitch, as the French are now ri-
" vailing both. All Nations almoft arc iwifcly applying
" ihemfclves to trade / and it behoves thofe who are ia
" poffeffionof it.'to take the greateft care they do notlofe
" it. It is a pUnt of tender growth,and requires {un.and
" foil and fine feafons to niake it thritc and flourifli. It
" will not grow like the palm tree, which with the more
" weight and prelFurc rifts the more. Liberty is si friend

I «• t»

66 An Election SeraIon.

as to- dlfcountenance idlenefs arid, extriavdgahb,
vices that pave H;e way to i flavery ? *

Altho' I !fear 1 hive alfeady prcfumed too far on
the candor and patiericeof my hearers, yet I fhbuM
not be excufed Vvere I not more particularly to ap-
ply my difcoiirfe, to th6 ■ imth refpefted part of
my auditory, who are mdre efpecially concerned in
the important bufinefs of this Day.

."' to that, as that (j. fo libcjty. Bnt nofhjjtg will fapport
," It more tlian vi'rfee, 4iid what virtue teacheth, foWety,
" induftry, frugalfty, m6defty, lionefty, pun^uality, hu-
" manity, 'the fove of our country, and the fear of God*,
" The prophets will inform us how the Tyreans loft it ,•
" and thejike califes wi'l ali.'i'aySprdduec the lilce tffeSi,"
('lf.'23. S, 9. Eiek. 27, 3, 4. )

* Altho' it is mofl Sgrteable to the genius 6f a freepeopfe
to make all, if pbffible, >hel the happyeffeifts of induftry
and ingenuity ; ind it may be of great ufe to excite in

"" labourers a fpirit of emulation, by beflowing honorary
prizes or premiums .oil tlwjie who'diftinguKh themfelves io
anyufeful ennploymcnts ; — yet in free governments, not
onjy fumptilairy laws have been enaftcd — but fetferity to
the idle and extrava,gant has been tho't neCcffary, • — . Wc
are toid, that 'the Athenian republic, even at the time
.'when its goyq;nrncnit ,wss moft free, " had a. court that

••-' " had a'pow^j- of puniQiing idlenefs, afld confecjuently lent
'' for anyperfoo they^pkafed, anJ CKamined him,^ what
*' he'fj^ent, and how he came by it. So that it was i;n-
", pradlipableVor a man to live diflblutely in Athens on ill-
'• got wsahh, fince on the fiift appearance of profusion,
" fuch a pcrfon wouJd have beeo convened before the
" Areojagi. '^

An Election SER^oii. $7

As one of our valuable chartLT* privileges Is riiis
afternoon to be excrcis'd, as it's value greatly d&
pends upon it's being weU iijiprbved, afujl 8fi th«
liberty and independency of .a^x^d ^oveniirieni:,
ftHd the prefervation of the conftitutioc, refuk frorit
each Branch '(^ifchat^ing the duties of theif refpec-i
five d^awmerats with fidelity, the afiurs of this daiy
are truly inEerefting. 'It-isof,greatconfequericethafc
youf choice terminate on men of" approved worth.
You will therefore, honoced GcDtlemen, be corir
cerngd to aft with deliberation, wifdpnfi, ,great im-
partiality, and with that freedom which chefpirit of
Chrift and his religion require. — Freedom of choice
and aftion may equally be deftroyed or prevented
by a corrupt bias on the mind, undue influence, os
finifler vipws, as by external force. . Xfie liberty
now recommended, and wfhich will lead to freedom
of ek&iiont requires that you do what is moft rati-
onal, what you think is moft agreeable tp the diviue
will, what will be moft conducive to the Jiappine&
of your conftituents, and moft effeJlually fecure the
liberties of a free people : — Then, neither the ty-
ranny of cuftom, the partialities of friendtlVip, pri-
vate animofities, or a regard to any particular faiflion
will influence your choice -, but you will aft with
that freedom, which becomes the Dignity of fo" re^
fpeclab}e a Body.

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So muqh has bttt) faid,"?n.d fo pften repcatpd, ijgbt^
this occafion,pDintingput the qualifications of the perr
fons requifite to fill this imppftapt office witlj honoc,
to themfelvps and advantage* |to the public, that I
fhall only fay, — Men poflTeired of the- Spirit of
Ghrift-*-rMen that maintain their own indeppndence,
pr that are free from the tyranny ofambicipn,avaricc
and other lufts, having other qualificaj^ions, oiight tq
have the preference in your choice. Thefe are the
perfons that will have the votes of this day, if thofe
intruded with the afi^airs of it, are influenced by the
fpirjt of Ghrift, a fpirif of freedom.

Under the influence oF this fpirit, theiriuturc ,
COftdu(^,iinalldelibcrations, through the approachinjg
year, will be with that freedom and integrity, that
unanimity and patriotifm, whii?h might be expefted
from the guardians of the liberties and legiflators of
a free ftate. And fuch assail moft effectually fe-r
pure to us aH our liber tiescivil and facrcd, and tranf-
tnit them with advantage to pofterity.

Pyj^ fubjeft is,inftrudllve ajfp to the minifters of
ChriR;. — It t;ea^chetb us, my reverend Fathers and
Brethren, tp feek and cpltivate the fpirit of th^t djr
?ine rpafler, whorji it is our honor tb fervc,:and
that holy atid e?ccellent religion which it^s ourbufi-
refs and hap^neTs to prprtiote among mankind.

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Online LibraryBenjamin StevensA sermon preached at Boston, before the great and General court or assembly of the province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, May 27. 1761. Being the day appointed by royal charter for the election of His Majesty'c Council for said province → online text (page 4 of 5)