Burlington: Chauncey Goodrich, 1836. First edition. 8vo, original green cloth spine, drab boards, printed paper spine label, 119,  pages. Front free endpaper excised; boards a little splashed and soiled, with some light wear and soiling to the spine; some light damp-staining to the leaves; still, a very good copy. Item #19103
Even by the elastic populist standards of the eccentric varieties of religious ferment that passed over Vermont in the 1830s, the Great Awakening revivalist Burchard was especially known for his energetic and somewhat unorthodox exhortations, and he came in for much critical comment from the orthodox and the learned. This compilation of his sermons was published without his permission (and in fact over his opposition) from shorthand transcripts taken by Eastman on behalf of Goodrich; Goodrich had earlier paid one B. J. Tenney to take notes of Burchard’s sermons, but the preacher used the persuasive powers of damnation (and paying Tenney to suppress the notes) to prevent their publication. Goodrich here adds the appendix of an account of Burchard’s similar but unsuccessful efforts to suppress his account. (A contemporary reader has added the manuscript note at the foot of a page toward the end of the Appendix, “Much Ado about Nothing.”) American Imprints 36442; Sabin 9201: “‘Burchardism’ made a religious epoch in the history of portions of Vermont.”.