Boston: Printed by Munroe and Francis, 1810. 24 pp. 8vo. Disbound. First edition. Removed from a larger volume, lacking wrappers, lightly foxed. Sabin 26624. American Imprints 20182. Item #38698
A long political sermon (that with minor changes could be preached today) analyzing the current European situation with a strong anti-French pro-British view, "I consider all of our political misfortunes and all of our political blunders as arising from an unjust antipathy against the British." He ends the sermon with a short alternative history: if there is an alliance with France, a future historian will write: "The Unites States lost their liberties by deserting the wise principals of the immortal Washington, and by choosing for their rulers and disciples of the new school in politics, morals, and religion. Napoleon did not fail to improve so favourably an opportunity of securing the conquest of the western world. By seductive arts of skillful emissaries, and by bold calumnies of venal presses, the jealousy of the people was excited against the wealth, talents, and virtues of the country... The grossest falsehoods, respecting [England] were circulated and believed; an alliance with France was recommended and formed, and a formidable French force was gradually introduced into the country... Thus fell the last of republicks, which had existed less than half a century, the victim of divided councils, and popular effervescence, and thus must perish every state, that discards wisdom and talents from its administration..." John Sylvester John Gardiner (1765–1830) was an American Episcopal priest and Rector of Trinity Church, Boston.