Boston: Leonard C. Bowles, 1832. 13 pp. 8vo. Stitched paper wrappers. First edition. Very good, few tears along the edges and spine ends, scattered foxing. Sabin 28686. American Imprints 12733. Item #38696
Cover title: Mr. Greenwood's fast discourse. American awaited the 1832 Cholera outbreak as reports from Europe arrived. Unlike many others, Greenwood did not see the epidemic as a cleansing purge by God, to punish the wicked. "Let us then confess our faults one to another, and let us pray one for another. Let us confess our faults to God, and pray for ourselves. If our prayers are fervent and righteous; if they awaken us to the evil and danger of sin; if they make us humble and unassuming; if they inspire us with a cheerful courage, united with a rational prudence, we may be confident that they will avail much. They have availed much. They have prepared us in the best possible manner against the hovering pestilence; they have saved us from sin, which is more dreadful than pestilence. God has heard them; and he will answer them, if not by temporal immunity, yet by the answer of eternal salvation." Francis William Pitt Greenwood (1797-1843) was a Unitarian minister of King's Chapel in Boston. His written works were published in the Christian Examiner, as well as the Boston Journal of Natural History, The Token, and Atlantic Souvenir. His sermons were published in 1844 in two volumes by former Boston Mayor, Samuel A. Eliot.