Worcester: Printed by S. J. Colton and Co., 1828. First edition. Original blue wrappers, 8.5 x 5.5 inches, 11 pages. Wrappers loose and somewhat worn; some general wear and soiling; a good, sound copy. Item #18924
“The death of Mr. Pearley Hunt was occasioned by the sudden explosion of a rock, to which he had just applied the match; and, before he had time to make his escape, a piece of the rock struck him on the head, by means of which he survived the melancholy providence but fourteen hours. During this time he lay perfectly senseless, and apparently in the most excruciating pain.” On inexplicable providential dealings, with warnings to the young people of Worcester; Hunt also suggests “a just claim to our sympathies” for Miss Read, the young lady “who received the attention of Mr. Pearley Hunt, and to whom, she expected, soon to be married.” This copy with with bold ink ownership signatures of Moses Temple of Boston, and inscriptions to the wrappers and a few leaves, including the inscription on the rear wrapper, “Steal not this book my honest friend for her [here] doth stand the owners Name, and for fear the gallis [gallows] would be your end.” American Imprints 37221; Nichols, Bibliography of Worcester, 308. OCLC (3/2019) notes six locations.