Wonderful little piece of Americana. Not only is it quite scarce on the market and interesting in that it relates the small pox crisis of the late 18th century, but the present retains its blank title where it is clearly inscribed "Jedh Morse from the Author."
Jedidiah Morse was known as the father of American Geography was himself a pastor. He was friends with Noah Webster, Jeremy Belknap, etc. and one of the last of that rare breed of pastor / scientist that included men like Cotton Mather, etc. He was a stalwart defender of experimental evangelicalism and his challenges to the emerging unitarians, etc., damaged his health. He helped found Andover Theological Seminary, Park Street Church [where Edwin Dorr Griffin's revivals occurred], The Panoplist missionary and revival magazine, which later became the Missionary Herald.
Austin, Samuel. The Most Promising Life, and Death, Closely Connected. A Sermon Delivered at Worcester, November 4th, 1792, the Sabbath Subsequent to the Death and Interment of Miss Hannah Blair. Who Died of the Small Pox. Worcester, Massachusetts. Leonard Worcester. 1794. 22pp.
Last leaf blank, engraved blank title, all but loose though. Remainder of pamphlet solid and clean.