New-England [Providence?]: Printed for the Publishers, 1825. Second edition, greatly expanded over the 12-page first edition of 1822. 8vo, removed pamphlet (no wrappers), 32 pages. Title somewhat browned; a bit soiled and worn and lightly foxed; a very good copy. Item #14151
"But other persons, who were of an Epicurean rather than a Stoical temperament, being unwilling to admit that every thing is nothing, lest they should lose their offices, salaries, factories, vessels, stores, houses, farms, trades, shops, beef, turkies, oysters, pies, puddings, wines, cordials, parties, balls, feathers, bonnets, combs, caps, segars, snuff, coffee, tea, drams and all their good and pleasant things, have tried, with 'their hearts fat as grease,' to believe in something." First published as a satire on the bombastic ecclesiastical oratory of the Methodist preacher John Newland Maffitt, the scope of this edition has been expanded to become (per the AAS) a "satire on the liberal and sectarian theologians of the day." The text and the note also includes glances upon politics in Rhode Island (mention is made of the recent effort to reform the state constitution to expand suffrage) which suggest a Providence production. This satire has in some cases been attributed to Thomas Williams, though per the catalogue entry at AAS (an institution that certainly stands as the cynosure for book cataloguing when all other records found on OCLC lead inexorably through a bibliographic Slough of Despond), "Attributed to Thomas Williams in Dexter’s Yale graduates, v. 5, p. 423; this attribution is repeated by Cushing and Shoemaker. However, according to Sabin (entry 104382), Williams was the author of a reply to the present work ('An answer to the greatest falsehood ever told by a Providence lawyer, alias ’Demens Egomet’. . .'). Sabin suggests that Dexter, who apparently had not seen the 'Answer,' was mistaken in identifying ’Demens Egomet’ as Thomas Williams." Small ink signature ("Pease") at the head of the title. American Imprints 23334.