Boston: various publishers, 1783-, 1792. First editions. 5 vols in 1, 8vo (8 x 5.13 inches), contemporary full calf, 21, ; 60; 32; 24; 23,  pages. One leaf trimmed closely by the binder, with loss of a line of Scripture. Flaw to the final leaf with loss of paper but not touching text; small instance of ink doodling; some foxing, smudging, and mild wear; a very good copy. Item #20422
The Gospel Considered; and the Manner in which it should be Preached; with an Endeavor to shew from the Scriptures, that Election doth not Militate with Preaching the Gospel to Every Creature: Several Other Objections Considered. Printed at Boston, for the Author, by Thomas Adams, and sold at his Printing-Office, 1792. Evans 24860. [Bound with:] A Practical Essay, Designed for General Use, in Three Parts. Part I. Addressed to Husbands and Wifes . . . Improved to illustrate the honorable Relation, endeared Affection, and mutual Duties, of Husbands and Wives. With a Song on Marriage . . . Part II. Addressed to Parents: Being some Thoughts on Education. Part III. An Inquiry concerning the Case of Children, with an Exhortation to them. Boston: Printed by Adams and Nourse, for the Author, and sold by him, at his House in Cross-Street, 1783. Evans 18214. [Bound with:] Some Remarks, on a Pamphlet intituled, All Men will not be saved for ever: Wrote by Samuel Mather, Pastor of a Church in American Boston: In answer to one, intituled, Salvation for All Men. Boston, N.E.: Printed and Sold by N. Willis, Court-Street, 1783. Evans 18215. [Bound with:] Repentance and Remission of Sins considered: or an Inquiry Concerning Repentance. From the Scriptures in the Old and New Testament. Addressed, I. To the Author of a Pamphlet, intitled, “Divine Glory in the Condemnation of the Ungodly.” II. To all for whom Christ died. Boston: Printed by Warden and Russell, for the Author, 1784. Evans 18809. [Bound with:] Scripture Truths and Precepts. A Short Catechism, with Proofs . . . with An Appendix, Concerning Baptism. And a Concluding Remark on the Lord’s-Supper. Boston: Printed and Sold by Samuel Hall, 1791. Evans 23838. Townsend (1722-1798) was a Boston naval blockmaker and self-taught controversialist (he would mix it up with Samuel Mather on more than one occasion); he first became a Sandemanian (a sort of Cambpellite avant la lettre) and then a Universalist. The stab-holes in the gutters suggest these were gathered from stitched pamphlets and bound together at an early date. With an ink signature in the rear of M. J. Talbot (presumably Micah) dated East Machias, Maine, Feb. 1833.