BAPTIST

[ Robert Robinson, Baptist historian and hymnologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. Robinson') to Rev. Charles Edward de Coetlogon, regarding a new religious periodical which De Coetlogon is contemplating editing.

Author: 
Robert Robinson (1735-1790) of Stone-Yard Baptist Chapel, Cambridge, and Chesterton, Baptist historian and hymnologist [ Charles Edward de Coetlogon (c.1747-1820), Church of England clergyman ]
Publication details: 
Chesterton [ Cambridgeshire ]. 17 November 1783.
£250.00

For information on the two men, see their entries in the Oxford DNB. The letter is evidently written in response to an invitation to contribute to a new religious periodical which De Coetlogon is contemplating editing (and regarding which the ODNB sheds no light). 3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed, with Cambridge postmark, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Rev Mr De Coetlogon | Lower Grosvenor Place | Westminster'.

[ Lincolnshire General Baptist Assembly. ] Manuscript of 'An agreement between several brethren in ye ministry [ Gilbert Boyce, William Thompson and five others ] met together at Bror Thompson's meeting-house in Boston octr. 3 – 1765'.

Author: 
[Lincolnshire General Baptist Assembly; Gilbert Boyce (1712-1800) of Coningsby; William Thompson (c.1735-1794) of Boston; Joseph Anderson (d.1781) of Gosberton ]
Publication details: 
[ Boston, Lincolnshire General Baptist Assembly. 5 October 1765. ]
£320.00

Adam Taylor's 'History of the English General Baptists' (1818) deals with the Lincolnshire Assembly, Boyce, Thompson and Anderson, but makes no mention of the present meeting, although it does note that at the time 'the internal concerns' of the Lincolnshire Assembly 'were still disorganized: they had no officers, and proper discipline had long been neglected'. According to Taylor, 'this society resolved upon reviving discipline', and on 27 August 1765 'entered some reflections, and regulations for the prosecution of their object, on their records'.

[ Benjamin Seaton and 'The Seaton Tool Chest'. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Benjamin Seaton from his father Joseph Seaton, regarding preparations for a voyage to New York, with directions regarding 'the mattrassses' and 'the trunk'.

Author: 
Rev. Joseph Seaton (1742-1811) of Smarden, cabinetmaker and church elder; his son Benjamin Seaton (1775-1830) [ The General Baptist Chapel, Chatham, Kent ]
Publication details: 
Chatham. 30 July 1797.
£275.00

An interesting letter relating to a notable artefact, described by Christopher Schwarz as 'one of the more interesting mysteries in the history of woodworking: the 'Seaton Tool Chest', now in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester, is the subject of 'The Tool Chest of Benjamin Seaton' by Megan Fitzpatrick (1994; revised edition, 2012). In 1796 the tools were presented by the writer of the present letter to his son, the letter's recipient, who constructed the chest (probably the 'trunk' referred to in the present letter) to house them.

[ Sermon by Sampson Kingsford, with preface by John Evans. ] A Sermon, preached, Sunday, Nov. 3, 1811, at the General Baptist Chapel, Chatham, upon the interment of the Rev. Joseph Seaton, who died October 13, 1811, aged sixty-nine years.

Author: 
Sampson Kingsford [ John Evans (1767-1827), Welsh Baptist minister; Rev. Joseph Seaton (c.1742-1811) of the General Baptist Chapel, Chatham, Kent; Whittingham and Rowland, London printers ]
Publication details: 
'Published by particular request.' London: Printed by Whittingham and Rowland, Goswell Street; and sold by Townson, Chatham; Cotton and Co. Canterbury, T. Wiche, Beech Street, Barbican; and D. Eaton, High Holborn. 1812.
£120.00

26 + [2] pp., 12mo. The title-page has at its head: 'The End of the Good Man – Peace.', and carries a quotation from Blair's 'Grave'. The sermon is preceded by a six-page preface by 'J. EVANS', dated from 'Islington, Feb. 11, 1812.', incorporating Smeaton's obituary from the Monthly Repository, December 1811. Following the eighteen pages of the sermon are two pages of advertisements for books by Evans and Kingsford. Stitched and unbound. In good condition, lightly aged, with slight spotting to title-leaf.

[W. E. Blomfield, Principal, Rawdon Baptist College (University of Leeds).] Autograph Letter Signed [to the Board of Education, London], enclosing printed pamphlet '114th Report of the Committee of the Northern Baptist Education Society for 1917-18.'

Author: 
Dr William Ernest Blomfield (1862-1934), Principal, Rawdon Baptist College (An Affiliated College of the University of Leeds) [Yorkshire]
Publication details: 
Letter: on Blomfield's letterhead as Principal, The College, Rawdon, Leeds [Yorkshire]. 29 March 1919. Pamphlet: Bradford: Wm. Byles and Sons, Printers, Kirkgate. 1918.
£140.00

LETTER: 1p., 4to, with 26 lines of text. In fair condition, on aged paper, with rust marks from paperclip in one margin. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir | I send you a report - the latest we have issued. It is cut down to 1/3 of its usual size. The regulations given are prewar conditions & hardly obtain now. We now require a man to pay what he can [last three words underlined] towards his board but no good candidate would be rejected because he could not find a penny. Practically this obtained before the war but we emphasise that now.

[Printed pamphlet.] The Report of the Committee of the Baptist College at Regent's Park for 1919-1920, with a List of Subscriptions & Donations. [Regent's Park College (University of London). Report For the Year ending September 30th, 1920.]

Author: 
[The Baptist College at Regent's Park, Founded at Stepney, A.D. 1810, Removed to Regent's Park, 1856; Regent's Park College (University of London)]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by Warren Hall & Lovitt, 88 and 90, Camden Road, N.W. 1920.
£65.00

28pp., 12mo. Frontispiece photographic view of the college. Stitched. In grey printed wraps. In fair condition, on aged paper, in worn wraps. Scarce: no copies on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat.

[Baptist Wriothesley Noel, evangelical clergyman.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Baptist W Noel') to unnamed female, explaining that he 'cannot aid the circulation of a book without knowing its principles'.

Author: 
Baptist Wriothesley Noel (1798-1873), English evangelical minister of St John's Chapel, Bedford Row, and then at John Street Baptist Church in Bloomsbury
Publication details: 
'Walthamstow | 18th April [no year]'.
£56.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with traces of mount on blank reverse, and short closed tear in one corner. He apologises for having to 'hesitate' regarding her 'slight request', but he 'cannot aid the circulation of a book without knowing its principles'. He continues: 'I rejoice to hear that your daughter & yourself, are still seeking to secure your highest interests'.

[John Baptist Cashel Hoey, Irish journalist, and his wife the novelist Frances Sarah Cashel Hoey.] Five Autograph Letters (four signed) by him, including an original poem, and one Autograph Letter Signed by her, all to Minna Hope-Scott [O'Conor].

Author: 
John Baptist Cashel Hoey (1828-1892), Irish journalist, his wife Frances Sarah Cashel Hoey [née Johnston] (1830-1908), novelist [Lady Minna O'Conor, wife of Sir Nicholas Roderick O'Conor]
Publication details: 
His letters on letterheads of the Victoria Office, 8 Victoria Chambers, Westminster, or from 17 Campden Hill Road, between 9 April and 31 August 1887. Her letter from Campden Hill Road, 23 August 1887.
£220.00

The six items are all in good condition, with light age and wear. Each letter is docketted. Items One to Five below are by John Baptist Cashel Hoey, and Item Six is by his wife. An intimate, affectionate and entertaining correspondence, the background to which is given at the end of this entry. ONE: Signed 'Cashel'. From Campden Hill Road, on cancelled letterhead of 8 Victoria Chambers; 9 April 1887. 2pp., 8vo. The letter is on the first page, and begins: 'I told you last night I knew you had stolen that line, of course unconsciously.

[Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland.] Printed prospectus, headed 'Baptist Union Annuity Fund.', for 'The Baptist Union Annuity Fund for Retired Ministers, and ministers' Widows and Orphans.'

Author: 
[Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland; The Baptist Union Annuity Fund for Retired Ministers, and ministers' Widows and Orphans]
Publication details: 
Without place or date [c.1875].
£90.00

4pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged paper, with closed tears along a central vertical fold. The first three pages carry 32 numbered rules, on the topics: Titles; Design; Management; Membership; Subscriptions; Benefits; Repayments; Funds; Disputes; Alteration of Rules; General. The last page carries three tables (first two regarding 'Ministers' and last on 'Widows & Orphans'), headed 'Schedule of Subscriptions and Payments'. Scarce: no copy located on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat. The Times of 12 October 1875 carries a report of the passing of the resolution by 'Rev. Mr.

Autograph Letter Signed from the Baptist Minister and essayist John Foster, to his unnamed London bookseller (J. Cox or James Nisbet, both of Berners Street?), discussing arrangements on the bookseller's retirement.

Author: 
John Foster (1770-1843), Yorkshire-born Baptist minister and essayist
Publication details: 
Stapleton, Gloucestershire. 26 January 1823.
£120.00

2pp., 4to. Good, on lightly-aged paper. 43 closely-written lines. An interesting letter, in which Foster closes 'a long and amicable communication' with the bookseller, the reason being given in the following passage: 'I am sorry for what you intimated, that your more recent undertakings have not been so advantageous as you had expected. From your hint of the possibility of a continued residence at Hastings I may conclude that you withdraw from business (that of books at least) altogether.

[Printed] Letter on the subject of Ornamental Dress, from the Rev. Adoniram Judson, (Baptist Missionary in Burmah) toi the Female Members of Christian Churches ...[continued]

Author: 
[Rev. Adoniram Judson; Mrs Wade]
[Printed] Letter on the subject of Ornamental Dress,
Publication details: 
Birmingham, Printed for Thomas Groom, Islington Row, no date [Groom's trade dates in BBTI 1835-1850 but a child former owner has added the date 19 Feb. 1818]
£580.00
[Printed] Letter on the subject of Ornamental Dress,

[continued] in the UNited States of America to which is appended an Extract of a Letter from Mrs Wade, of the Burman Mission. Chapbook, 32pp., 16mo, blue paper wraps, poor condition (worn, stained, partly detached), some names of former (young) owners (mainly Master George Creed) crudely written on inside cover (missing front ep?) and back ep recto. There is a note on p.[3], implying an earlier edition, "The only abridgment in this edition is a few lines, recommending the formation of Plain Dress Societies in America." However, COPAC records only one copy Bodley, imprint Bristol 1840).

Autograph Note Signed from the General Baptist minister Jabez Burns ('J Burns') to the Paternoster Row publishers Houlston & Wright.

Author: 
Jabez Burns (1805-1876), General Baptist minister
Jabez Burns (1805-1876), General Baptist minister
Publication details: 
23 March 1855.
£56.00
Jabez Burns (1805-1876), General Baptist minister

Landscape 12mo, 1 p. Text clear and complete. Good, on aged paper, with light traces of mount adhering to the blank reverse. Asking for a copy of his 'Sermons for Families & Villages' ['Sermons chiefly designed for family reading and village worship', 1842] to be given to an individual, and 'put to my Account'.

Autograph Letter Signed to John William Stuart, on the occasion of his brother Benjamin Whitworth's death.

Author: 
Robert Whitworth, philanthropist [Benjamin Whitworth (1816-1893), Liberal M.P. for Drogheda, Manchester cotton merchant; Whitby Lifeboat; temperance; Sunday observance]
Publication details: 
2 October 1893. 14 Brown Street, Manchester.
£95.00

8vo, 4 pp. Bifolium. Sixty-eight lines of text. Complete and legible, but damaged: grubby and creased, with short closed tears and small hole at gutter. Interesting and informative letter. Stuart's message of condolence on Benjamin Whitworth's death is one of many which 'have been very acceptable more especially to his widow who has been laid aside so long with bad health, his daughters have been quite worn out'. Describes how his brother's health 'began to break down after a slight attack of paralysis some two or three years ago when at John Brown & Co Ld.

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