Philadelphia: Printed for the Author, 1818. Third Edition. Engraved frontispiece. Disbound. Octavo. 48 pages. Very Good. Disbound, with remnants of original binding along spine. Frontispiece nearly detached but sewing still holding remaining leaves. Mildly browned throughout.
"Parson" Mason Locke Weems was born in Anne Arundel County and today is best known for his legend of George Washington and the cherry tree. Here Weems presents two moral tales on the sin of adultery--both driven by extremes in religious attitude. The downfall in the first case is caused by a youthful reading of Thomas Paine's "Age of Reason," while the second grows out of excessive religious fervor.