Hopedale (Milford, MA): Community Press, 1843. First Edition. Refutation, written in the prophetic year 1843, of Millerite predictions of the imminent Second Coming of Christ. Ballou, a Universalist and founder of the Hopedale Community, a utopian commonwealth established in 1842 as "an experiment in Practical Christianity," here allows that while "the present is a time of great excitement and inquiry respecting the Second Coming of Christ...[but] infinite wisdom and goodness do not take counsel of mortals – not even of the most devout and sincere...they may contrive and arrange the most sublime, glorious and terriffic drama, and summon all mankind to the exhibition; but neither God, Christ, nor angels, will become actors at their bidding, nor move a hair's breadth to save them from the mortification of disappointment." A roaring good take-down of Adventism, this, and not frequently seen in commerce; OCLC finds ten locations, only two in Massachusetts (AAS & Thoreau Institute). Octavo (24cm); sewn, printed pink paper wrappers; 32pp. Cover wraps stained, soiled and a bit ragged, with chips to corners (but no loss to printed areas); small marginal losses first few leaves (again, not approaching text); Good, complete and sound.