Advises against coming to America

> Here’s a very nice early Americana tract by Rhode Islander James MacSparran (1693-1757), one of only nine (9) copies reported in North America. MacSparran was an Irish-born missionary for the Church of England (sent to Rhode Island on behalf of the SPGFP, or Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts). You can find a nice biographical sketch of him in the recent American National Biography (i.e., ANB, vol. 14), and an interesting spread in the Providence Journal on his slave holding here:

In America Dissected, according to the ANB, “MacSparran sought to further in the colonies the cause of England’s established church. He extolled the advantages of a class-conscious society supported by relgious uniformity and denounced pluralism and liberty of conscience.”


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