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The Details:

Jonas Clark. The Fate of Blood-Thirsty Oppressors, and God’s Tender Care of his Distressed People. A Sermon, Preached at Lexington, April 19, 1776Boston: Powars and Willis, 1776. [catalog record]

Gift of the estate of George F. Hoar, 1961.

The Story:

The George F. Hoar library was rich in works concerning the American Revolution, of which Clark’s sermon is one of the rarest. Clark was hosting Samuel Adams and John Hancock in his home when Paul Revere pounded on the door shortly after midnight on April 19, 1775. In the ensuing hours, Clark witnessed the battle of Lexington and officiated at the burial of the dead. One year later, he delivered this impassioned sermon which helped establish the symbolic importance of Lexington and Concord.

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