Edwards, “Sinners in the Hands…,” Textual Authentication

Edwards, Jonathan (1709-1758)

edited by
Jonathan J. Edwards

15 July 2006

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Edwards, Jonathan. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. A Sermon Preached at Enfield, July 8th 1741. At a Time of Great Awakenings; and Attended with Remarkable Impressions on Many of the Hearers. Boston, MA: Printed and sold by S. Kneeland and T. Green in Queen-Street over against the prison, 1741. [Microfiche. Early American imprints. First series; no. 4713] [=A]
Edwards, Jonathan. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. A Sermon Preached at Enfield, July 8th 1741. At a Time of Great Awakenings; and Attended with Remarkable Impressions on Many of the Hearers. 2nd ed. Boston, MA: Printed and sold by S. Kneeland and T. Green in Queen-Street over against the prison, 1742. [Microfiche. Early American imprints. First series; no. 4938] [=B]
Edwards, Jonathan. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. A Sermon Preached at Enfield, July 8th, 1741. At a Time of Great Awakenings; and Attended with Remarkable Impressions on Many of the Hearers. Boston, MA: Printed for Knight Sexton at Hartford, 1770. [Microfiche. Early American imprints. First series; no. 11640] [=C]

The copy-text is Edwards [1741], a publication likely submitted by the author and printed in Boston, Massachusetts later in the same year that he delivered his sermon at Enfield. This selection was based on its proximity to the original speech and the likelihood that points of emphasis are the author’s own. Capitalization of nouns has been modernized, except where such capitalization seems to indicate a particular emphasis in the text. The long s has been replaced with the modern form. Minor typesetting-related spacing errors between words and punctuation have been corrected where they do not change the meaning of the text, and hyphens used to break words, at the end of lines, in the original, have been deleted. Except where specified in notes, the copy-text is followed for all other paragraphing, spelling, and punctuation

The following are the textual notes provided by the editor. The location of these notes are indicated by paragraph number and the preceding few words.

13 the way, it makes B: punctuation illegible A
18 destructive in its nature C: destructive in it’s nature A
22 “No, I never . . . come upon me.” Edwards: Quotation mark inserted at the beginning of each line A
23 promise to keep B: text partially illegible A
29 mighty is its course C: mighty is it’s course A
36 power can inflict B: text partially illegible A
40 that human art C: that humane art A
40 will be dreadful B: text partially illegible A

List of Grammatically Incorrect Words That Have Not Been Changed in the Copy Text:

1 threatned – threatened; ver. – verse; preceeding – preceding
3 express’d – expressed; Psal. 73. 18 – Psalm 73:18; castedst – cast
8 meer – mere
9 hinder’d – hindered
11 Mens – Men’s
12 defence – defense; Tho’ – Though
13 cumbreth – cumbers, impedes; Luk. – Luke
14 Joh. – John
18 ’em – them; Isai. – Isaiah; whenas – whereas; restrain’d – restrained
19 ‘Tis – It is, It’s; shews – shows
28 subserve to – yield to; spue – spew
29 stop’d – stopped
33 suffer’d – suffered; han’t – haven’t
36 Prov. – Proverbs
38 disproportion’d – disproportional
40 het – heated; sinnner – THIS IS A TYPO, AND NEEDS TO BE CORRECTED
41 saith – says
43 alass – alas; don’t slumber – doesn’t slumber
44 rejoycing – rejoicing
45 pass’d – passed

Paragraph numbers have been added in square brackets.

All ampersands have been changed to the word, “and” in the following paragraphs, appearing as the following:

15 anger and wrath
28 descend and plunge
29 more, and rise
32 by and by
43 quiet and secure
45 remarkable and wonderful

All ampersands denoting “etc.” have been changed to “etc.” in the text.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress Classification

none given
Enfield, Mass. [now Connecticut]

English

Congregational Churches-Sermons, Sermons, American-18th century, Sermons, American

BX7233

2006-04-25

VOD Associate Editor
Gaines, Robert N.

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2006-06-27-29

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Edwards, Jonathan J.

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2006-06-28-29

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Edwards, Jonathan J.

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2006-07-10-11

editor
Edwards, Jonathan J.

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2006-07-12

editor
Edwards, Jonathan J.

proof-reading of edited electronic text

2007-09-11

editorial assistant
Stillion Southard, Belinda A.

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