Middlebury, Vt. Printed by J. W. Copeland, 1830. Stated third edition; the first appeared in 1824 (perhaps printed in Hebron, Connecticut), followed by an 1826 Schenectady edition. 12mo, contemporary calf spine, marbled boards, gilt rules, 268 pages. Binding rather rubbed and a bit chipped, but sound; some foxing; a good, sound copy. Item #17627
“This really is one of the most abominable conspiracies that ever was formed against any man in any country.” The Episcopal clergyman Rogers was found guilty of impregnating a girl and having her pregnancy aborted; in this controversial memoir he lays out at length how he was made the victim of party faction and religious persecution. This edition adds a lengthy footnote (dated 1830) in defense of the Christian basis of Free-masonry; Sabin notes that this edition is also the first to include the (somewhat incongruous) index to the Bible and concise view of the Episcopal Church. Marginal penciling, but no notes or underlining; some pencil scribbling and unrelated notes in the endpapers. Later small ink stamp on the front free endpaper. American Imprints 3338; Sabin 72608n.