Dexter, Samuel (1700-1755) Our Fathers God, the Hope of Posterity. Some Serious Thoughts on the Foundation, Rise and Growth of the Sett
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Dexter, Samuel (1700-1755) Our Fathers God, the Hope of Posterity. Some Serious Thoughts on the Foundation, Rise and Growth of the Settlements in New England. Boston: S. Kneeland & T. Green, 1738. First edition, octavo, half-title present (marbled paper pasted over the half-title as part of the original limp paper binding, now torn away, with old institutional rubber stamp on portion of half-title recto and on verso of same), with a number on page 23 and the errata printed at the foot of the last leaf; stab sewn, contents with some slight spotting and a few marginal corrections of typographical errors, contemporary inscription inside back cover, "May ye 1: 1739, A father's gift to Samuell Fisher," rare, no copies offered at auction since 1996, twelve U.S. copies listed in ESTC; 6 5/8 x 4 1/4 in.
Dexter was a graduate of Harvard College and the fourth minister of Dedham, Massachusetts. His sermon contains a short history of the Puritan settlement of New England in the 17th century, and more detailed consideration to the settlement of Dedham in particular.
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