The earliest days of a state are generally the most pure and religious.
William Gordon (1728-1807) was born in England (in either 1728 or 1730) but immigrated to Massachusetts in 1770, in short order becoming the pastor at Third Church, Roxbury. His various writings, including a four-volume history of American independence for which he had access to George Washington’s papers, are generally forgotten today. But in his own day, Gordon was active and influential. A testament to his status is his 1775 sermon in Massachusetts (printed at Watertown, Massachusetts by Benjamin Edes, 1775) on the occasion of its selection of representatives to the Continental Congress. Samuel Langdon (1723-1797) preached the regular election sermon for General Court electees that year.