So, seven items bound as one! The two of most interest are numbers 4 on the relationship between Scripture and the making of laws [a fascinating sermon preached in the run up to the American Revolution] and 7 which is the official report of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in America and includes accounts of work among the Mohawk Indians, the Gospel among Blacks in the Colonies, etc. Fascinating!
1. Roberts, William. The Divine Institution of the Gospel Ministry, and the Necessity of Episcopal Ordination, Asserted, by Proofs from Scripture, and the Practice of the Primitive and Purest Ages of the Christian Church. In a Sermon Preach'd at the Primary Visitation of the Right Reverend Father in God, Offspring Blackall, Formerly Lord Bishop of Exon. Held at Okehampton in the County of Devon, Aug. 19, 1709. by William Roberts. To which is Added, A Short Character of Dr. George Hooper, Formerly Bishop of Bath and Wells. by Thomas Coney. London. Benjamin Matthews. 1709.
2. Hawkins, William. A Sermon Preach'd before the University of Oxford at St. Mary's on Thursday, January 30, 1752. Being the Anniversary of the Martyrdom of K. Charles I. Oxford. Sackville Parker. 1752.
3. Dodwell, William. The Equal Discharge of Justice, with Respect both to the Guilty and the Innocent, Recommended. A Sermon Preached at St. Mary's in Oxford, at the Assizes, before the Honourable Mr. Justice Foster, and Mr. Baron Smythe, on Wednesday, July 16, 1755. Oxford. James Fletcher. 1755.
4. Rotherham, James. The Influence of Religion on Human Laws. A Sermon Preached at St. Mary's in Oxford at the Assizes, before the Honourable Sir Sydney Stafford Smythe and Sir John Eardley Wilmot before the University. London. W. Sandby. 1763.
5. Rotherham, John. A Sermon on the Wisdom of Providence in the Administration of the World, Preached before the University of Oxford, on the Anniversary of His Majesty's Inauguration, Oct. 25, 1762. London. W. Sandby. 1762.
6. Lowth, Robert. A Sermon Preached before the Incorporated Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts; at their Anniversary Meeting in the Parish Church of St. Mary-le-Bow, on Friday February 15, 1771. London. E. Owen and T. Harrison. 1771.
7. An Abstract of the Charter, and of the Proceedings of the Society for Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, from the 16th Day of February, 1770, to the 15th Day of February, 1771.
The latter work includes an extensive list of donors to the Society, missionaries to Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New England, New Hampshire, Massachuset's Bay, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Musquito Shore, Bahama Islands, Barbadoes, etc., which includes:
Mr. Mashart, Catechist to the Negroes [with wages paid in produce from the plantation]; Mather Byles of Boston; School-master to the Naraganset Indians; Mr. Munrow - Missionary to the Mohawk Indians, Colin M'Leland - School-master to the Mohawk Indians, Mr. Hall, - Missionary to the Indians at Conajohare, Mr. Hildreth - Catechist to the Negroes, etc. and includes accounts of:
Burying corpses, Presbyterians in New England, Admission of 2 Blacks to a Church in Rhode Island, correspondence regarding the work among the Mohawks [ the 6 confederate nations ], teaching them English for the purpose of evangelism so that "thousands be reduced to the church and civil society who may otherwise become alienated from government and live estranged from peace and order.", Indians schools for children, 2 Negro adults baptised in Georgia, Mention of George Whitefield's Orphan House, the conversion of Admiral Israel - the Mosquito Indian Chief, etc., etc., etc.
All in a probably 20th century quarter leather binding; provenance from the collection of William Nicholson of Brazenose College from Mr. Gwyn, former Principal of said college. Very good condition.