[Colophon:] Boston: Printed by Green & Russell, 1761. First edition. Unbound stitched pamphlet, 8.25 x 6.75 inches, 24 pages, untrimmed. Unopened. Edges somewhat toned and a bit soiled; a little edge wear; in very good condition. Item #19824
“This Answer was concise, and not much stuft with Arguments.” Perhaps more entertaining than one might expect in a controversial pamphlet about ecclesiastic polity (though seeing any pamphleteer flexing arguments around themes of individual liberty and self-governance in this period just prior to the Stamp Act, etc. is always grist for the Americana dealer’s mill); here, the former Connecticut colonial governor argues the superiority of the more fully Congregational polity of the 1648 Cambrdige Platform over the Saybrook Platform and its Presbyterian tendencies, which had been adopted by Connecticut in 1708. (Wolcott makes at least one moderately hyperbolic comparison to the Spanish Inquisition.) Evans 9041; Sabin 104985.