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    [Revolutionary War Pamphlet] Samuel Woodward: "A Sermon Preached at Lexington, April 19, 1779" Signed by Lexington Battle Participant John Chandler. Twenty-nine pages, 5.5" x 8.75", (Boston: Printed by John Gill, in Court Street, 1779). Signed "J Chandler" at top right of half title page imprinted "Mr. Woodward's/ Sermon,/ delivered/ April Nineteenth/ M.DCC.LXXIX." Penned in unknown hand across top: "Mr. Woodwards 19 April/ No 7 P." and penciled: "A.D. 1779." The title page records that Samuel Woodward, A.M., Pastor of the Church in Weston, delivered the sermon "In Commemoration of the great Distress and wonderful Deliverance of God's People on the Nineteenth of April, 1775; where Hostilities begun, and when the bloody War between Great-Britain and her Colonies commenced." After quoting from Samuel, 7.12, Rev. Woodward's sermon begins "To commemorate the Nineteenth of April, 1775, when this distressing war began - To sympathize with the friends of those who fell the first victims to British tyranny in this place..." After numerous biblical references, Rev. Woodward concludes by addressing Chandler and "the military companies, who appear in arms to aid and honor this solemnity. My friends, it is owing to the help of the Lord, - to his sparing distinguishing mercy, that you escaped, that day when your neighbors and fellow-soldiers slept in death!..." An oblong portion measuring 4" across x 0.5"-1" high has been cut from the title page beneath Woodward's name, above the printing information. Two leaves are creased, not affecting legibility. The original gray covers are present, but detached, and the pages show various degrees of foxing. There are tears at the string binding at the edges, and pages 23-29 are loose. The upper right corner of page 21 has been torn off, affecting six lines on page 21 and seven lines on page 22. Overall condition is fair. [Sabin 105164, Howes W663]

    John Chandler (1731-1810) was one of the eighty Lexington men who stood on the Green at 5:00 AM on April 19, 1775, as the colonists faced the British and the Revolutionary War began. He had held a commission under Colonial Governor Francis Bernard as "Coronet of His Majesty's Blue troop." Rev. Samuel Woodward (1727-1782), a 1748 graduate of Harvard, had been ordained on September 25, 1751 in Weston, Massachusetts, and was the pastor of the church, known today as the First Parish Church in Weston, from 1751-1782.

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