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Review of Dr. Morse's Appeal to the Publick


Rev. Morse Pilloried
[Adams, Hannah] [Lowell, John.] Review of Dr. Morse's "Appeal to the Publick," principally with reference to that part of it which relates to Harvard College. Boston: N.p., n.d. [1815].
8vo.; stamp of the Presbyterian Historical Society at the foot of the first text page; small piece of paper affixed to page 40; final text page mildewed; five sewn signatures (42 pages); disbound; two small closed tears to title page.      
First edition of Lowell's anonymously published attack on the Reverend Jedediah Morse for his actions-and inaction-in his quarrel with Hannah Adams. Lowell is particularly incensed by Morse's attempts to blame Harvard College for fanning the flames of the dispute. "If he has alleged, without the semblance of evidence, and against truth and known facts, that the controversy with Miss Adams owed its origin and derives all its consequence from the support given to it by the friends of the College, and on account of the part taken by him in the election of Dr. Ware, he is a gross calumniator; and if so, utterly unworthy of the confidence and support of any sect of Christians." Lowell then revisits Morse's shameful conduct towards Adams, and chronicles his many evasive maneuvers in response to the arbitrators' ruling. "Had they known the man, they would have … said plainly, that he owed her, not 'courteous language,' but 'a substantial and valuable recompense' for 'a pecuniary loss.'"

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