Boston: Printed and Sold by Manning & Loring, 1808. First edition. Unbound stitched pamphlet, 7.5 x 4.75 inches, 34,  pages, untrimmed. A perhaps-appropriate damp-stain (as if from partial immersion) extending inward from spine in an oblong demi-ellipse measuring approx. 3 x 1.5 inches; some substantial creasing, toning, occasional light foxing and wear, but overall a very good and fresh untrimmed copy. Item #19741
“But lest this dry and brookish proof, / Should not be found quite strong enough, / They not unfrequently rehearse, / Suppose the ancients did immerse,— / Yet as *we* live in colder clime, / To change the *mode* can be no crime. . . .” An entertaining Baptist controversial poem from Benedict (1779-1874), the shoemaker who pulled himself up by his own occupational straps to graduate from Brown and become a Baptist clergyman and early Baptist historian. Stoddard & Whitesell 857; American Imprints 14476a.