Boston: Printed for the Author, J. Belcher, Printer, 1809. First edition. 12mo (6.88 x 4.13), original full sheep, black leather label, gilt rules and lettering, 169,  pages. Front free endpaper torn and doodled upon; somewhat rubbed, some foxing throughout; a good to very good copy. Item #20478
“As the following Poems originated in sincere and ardent love of my country, and a desire to aid the cause of truth, morality, and religion; so I hope they will be read with candour, even by numbers of good men, whose religious tenets and political sentiments are different from my own.” A pleasant collection of verses, few of them rural despite the agricultural source, including elegies on family members, a panegyric on President John Adams, political satires dating from the embargo controversies, and an errata notice in verse capped off with the couplet: “Misnomers are there, and I would not mis-state ‘em, / But *here,* friend, not, *there,* is The Real Erratum.” With one small autograph correction in ink in the text. This copy with “Political” (versus Political) spelled correctly on the title page. Stoddard & Whitesell 901; Sabin 96185. Pencil ownership signature dated 1812 on the front blank.