Boston: Printed and Published by Wells and Lilly, 1815. First edition. 8vo, unbound, 35, . Somewhat dust-soiled and a bit worn; a very good copy. Item #13188
An important early liberal salvo in the New England Unitarian controversies, an answer to the Panoplist's ill-tempered review of Belsham's American Unitarianism (Boston, 1815); the review was something of a polemic intended to rouse New England against the liberals who had lately overrun their pulpits. Channing here answers the review with an open letter addressed to fellow liberal Samuel Cooper Thacher (1785-1818), himself a Channing protegé. With a later 19th century docket in ink along the gutter and at the head of the title page.