Two Sermons on the Nature and Evil of Professors of Religion Not Bridling the Tongue [Signed Manuscript Receipt Bound in]
Boston: Joseph Bumstead, 1791. First Edition. Octavo (22cm.); removed; 66pp. Textblock rather browned and dampstained, shallow chipping along extremities, contemporary ownership signature of a E. Whiting at head of title page (serving as upper cover); still, Very Good and sound overall. Bound in manuscript receipt dated Wrentham, March 13, 1797, and signed by David Avery: "Received of Mr. Samuel Mann Seventeen Shillings, One Farthing; it being his proportionable part of my salary, due to me, from the town of Wrentham from May 25, 1793 to Oct. 21 1795, when the Contract between Town & me was dissolved."
David Avery (1746-1817) studied theology at Dartmouth before being ordained a missionary to the Oneida in 1771. After serving as an army chaplain during the Revolutionary War, he was appointed as minister of the First Church of Wrentham in 1783, though due to difficulties with his parishioners, he was dismissed in 1794 and returned to work as a missionary, succombing to typhoid at the age of 71. ESTC W28430; EVANS 23137; SABIN 2479 (note).