DISSENTERS

[ 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'.

[ Dr. Williams's Library, London. ] Printed Circular concerning the 'general Register of Births of Dissenters' Children', comprising a letter from John Webster, Secretary, and two notices.

Author: 
Committee of Deputies, appointed to protect the Civil Rights of the Three Denominations of Protestant Dissenters (John Webster, Secretary) [ Dr. Williams's Library, London; Dissenters; Unitarians]
Publication details: 
Webster's letter from Queen-street, Cheapside, London, 11 December 1808 [ amended in manuscript from 13 June 1806 ]. Printed by C. and W. Galabin, Ingram Court, London.
£280.00

2pp., folio. On a bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper repaired with archival tape. The printer's slug is at the foot of both pages of text. At the head of the recto of the first leaf is Webster's printed letter, reading: 'Reverend Sir, | I am directed by the Committee of Deputies to send you the enclosed Notices.

[ Sir Richard Hill on the Hoxton Academy. ] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'T. Wilson', regarding his subscription and an 'arbitrary' 'transaction'.

Author: 
Sir Richard Hill (1732-1808) of Hawkstone, 2nd Baronet, Tory religious revivalist [ Thomas Wilson (1764-1843), Hoxton Academy treasurer; Robert Hawker (1753-1827), vicar of Charles Church, Plymouth ]
Publication details: 
Nottingham Place [ London ]. 6 March 1804.
£120.00

2pp., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn.

[ Penal Laws and Tests ] The Project for Repealing the Penal Laws and Tests. with the Honorable Means used to effect it. Being a Preface to a Treatise concerning the Penal Laws and Tests.

Author: 
[Henry Maurice (c. 1647–1691), Welsh clergyman ]
Publication details: 
[London : s.n., 1688]
£250.00

Four pages, 4to, bifolium, sl. crumpled and foxed, but text legible and complete, trimmed unevenly, small holes at joint, fair. Note: Attributed by Wing to Henry Maurice. In this edition sig. "A" is under the second "o" of "condescension" and there is a comma after "Undertakers" in third line of text. ESTC citation no.: R236866

[ W. E. Gladstone. ] Printed handbill, titled 'To Members of Convocation. - A few facts concerning Mr. W. E. Gladstone.' Reverse headed: 'The Case of the Dissenters' Chapels' Bill.'

Author: 
[ William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), Liberal Prime Minister; The Dissenters' Chapel Bill, 1844 ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ London? Circa 1846. ]
£120.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition on a lightly-aged leaf of wove paper. The recto gives a list of some of Gladstone's speeches and actions on religious matters between 1834 and 1846, beginning with 'IN 1834, MR. W. E. GLADSTONE, then recently returned to Parliament, first made himself known to the public by his speech against the admission of Dissenters into the Universities.' The page ends: 'In 1846, MR. W. E.

[Printed pamphlet.] Extracts from The Registers of The Nonconformist Chapel at Dukinfield, co. Chester, kept by The Rev. Samuel Angier, 1677 to 1713. A Paper read before the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 24th February, 1881.

Author: 
J. P. Earwaker [Rev. Samuel Angier; the Nonconformist Chapel, Dukinfield, County Chester]
Publication details: 
For Private Circulation. Liverpool: T. Brakell, Printer, 58, Dale Street. 1882.
£120.00

28pp., 8vo. Disbound pamphlet. In good condition, on aged paper, with manuscript shelfmark at foot of title-page. Uncommon. No copies at the British Library or at Doctor Williams's Library, and only four copies traced on COPAC.

[Printed pamphlet.] The Lamps of the Temple. A Letter addressed to the Churches of the Congregational Order by the Southern Board of Education, concerning the Supply and Education of their Ministers.

Author: 
[The Congregational Church in England and Wales; The Southern Board of Education (England)]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by Yates Alexander and Shepheard, Lonsdale Buildings, Chancery Lane. [Between 1881 and 1883.]
£56.00

22pp., 8vo. Disbound. In fair condition, lightly-aged, with shelfmark in manuscript at foot of title-page. Scarce: the only copy on OCLC WorldCat and COPAC at the British Library, whose entry dates the item no earlier than 1881, and no later than 1883.]

Autograph Letter Signed from the Congregational minister James Bennett to an unnamed male recipient.

Author: 
James Bennett (1774-1862), evangelical Congregational minister and author [Rotherham, Yorkshire]
Publication details: 
Rotherham, Yorkshire. 26 October 1818.
£56.00

1p., 4to. In poor condition, on aged, stained paper, with wear and loss to corners. Boldly signed 'James Bennett'. According to his entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Bennett lived in Rotherham, 'where he was tutor in the college and pastor of the church at Masborough', between 1813 and 1828. He is delighted that the recipient is 'devising means for the revival of religion' in his town: 'It is, however, not in my power to be with you.' Nevertheless he hopes he will 'persevere & obtain effectual help'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('R: Griffiths') from Ralph Griffiths, editor of the Monthly Review, to an unnamed editor [John Nichols of the Gentleman's Magazine?] recommending the grandson of Dr Philip Doddridge. With engraving of Griffiths by Ridley.

Author: 
Ralph Griffiths (1720?-1803), editor of the Monthly Review [Dr Philip Doddridge (1702-1751), dissenting minister and writer; John Nichols (1745-1826), printer and editor of the Gentleman's Magazine]
Publication details: 
'Turnham Green, June 13th.' [no year].
£65.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, on aged paper, with thin trace of glue from mount on blank reverse, and minor chipping beneath flourish of Griffiths's signature. Addressing his letter to 'Dear Sir!', Griffiths suggests that if his correspondent is 'in want of any assistance' in carrying on his 'very extensive literary concerns, the Bearer can be well recommended. - He has had a liberal education, possesses a good taste, & may be useful to you in revising, correcting, translating, &c. &c.' The 'young Gentleman' to whom Griffiths refers is, he states, 'Grandson to the Celebrated Dr.

[Printed pamphlet.] An Address delivered in the Chapel of the Protestant Dissenters' Grammar School, Mill Hill, on Occassion of Public Day, June 18th, 1845.

Author: 
Algernon Wells [Rev. Algernon Wells (1793-1850), Secretary of Mill Hill Grammar School, and to the Colonial Missionary Society] [Evangelical Dissenters]
An Address delivered in the Chapel of the Protestant Dissenters' Grammar School,
Publication details: 
London: Printed by J. Unwin, 31, Bucklersbury. 1845.
£125.00
An Address delivered in the Chapel of the Protestant Dissenters' Grammar School,

12mo, 15 pp. Stitched and unbound. Text clear and complete. Good, on aged paper. Described by Wells as 'an attempt, however feeble, to set forth the character and design of that interesting establishment', Mill Hill Grammar School, and 'designed to exhibit favourably a Public Grammar Education, rendered select by strict religious oversight; and to show the importance that Evangelical Dissenters should possess a permanent Institution for securing such an education for the sons of their more respectable families'.

Autograph Letter Signed, J. Robertson, vicar, to Ebenezer Foster, banker, Cambridge, chatty about Adam Sedgwick and other aspects of Cambridge intellectual life.

Author: 
J. Robertson [James Robertson, MA, Vicar in Wellingborough, sometime member of the British Association for the Advancement of Science]
ALS, J. Robertson, vicar, to Ebenezer Foster, banker, Cambridge
Publication details: 
Wellingborough, 14 Feb 1834.
£180.00
ALS, J. Robertson, vicar, to Ebenezer Foster, banker, Cambridge

Four pages, 4to, fold marks, closed tear, mainly good. He's taking advantage of a trip by one of his parishioners to deliver a letter thanking in fulsome and inventive terms Mrs Foster for sending Professor Sedgwick's Discourse. He says of it, Of the talent and temper of the orator only one opinion can be formed. For the Studies of the University [A Discourse on the Studies of the University] he is not responsible, but for his representation of them the University owes him thanks.

A Letter from an Old Unitarian, to a Young Calvinist. [Identified in manuscript as 'Mr. James Curtis' to 'John Curtis, his nephew'.]

Author: 
[James Curtis, unitarian; John Curtis, Calvinist; John Evan, printer, Bristol]
A Letter from an Old Unitarian, to a Young Calvinist
Publication details: 
Bristol: Printed by John Evans & Co. Sold by R. Hunter (successor to Mr. Johnson) St. Paul's Church-yard, London; and J. Fry, St. John-street, Bristol. 1816. [John Evans & Co. Printers, Bristol.]
£75.00
A Letter from an Old Unitarian, to a Young Calvinist

12mo, 24 pp. Disbound. Text clear and complete. On aged paper, with the last leaf loose. Two-page preface dated 'Bristol, Dec. 1815.' This copy is significant in that the author and recipient are identified in a contemporary hand on the title-page. The only copy listed on COPAC, at the British Library, is unattributed.

Autograph Letter Signed from the physician and writer John Aikin to the botanist Richard Pulteney.

Author: 
John Aikin (1747-1822), English physician and writer, son of John Aikin (1730-1780), Scottish theologian, and brother of Anna Letitia Barbauld (1743-1825) [Richard Pulteney (1730-1801), botanist]
Autograph Letter Signed from the physician and writer John Aikin
Publication details: 
19 January 1776; Warrington.
£280.00
Autograph Letter Signed from the physician and writer John Aikin

8vo, 2 pp. Bifolium. Thirty-five lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Second leaf addressed, with postmarks, to 'Dr. Pultenely | Blandford | Dorset', and docketed by Pulteney. Signed 'John Aikin'. He thanks him for 'the offer of assistance'. He only has 'one of the three books you mentioned, & should be very glad of the perusal of Anthony's apology, & Jones on Buxton baths'. The books willl be 'carefully returned, with my best acknowledgments to the gentleman who favours me with the loand of them'.

The Annual Address of the Conference to the Methodist Societies in Great Britain, in the Connexion established by the Late Rev. John Wesley, A.M. August, 1852.

Author: 
John Scott, President; John Farrar, Secretary, Conference to the Methodist Societies in Great Britain, Sheffield, 1852.
Publication details: 
London: Published by John Mason, 14, City-Road; sold at 66, Paternoster Row. 1852. [Thoms, Printer, 12, Warwick Square.]
£125.00

12mo, 12 pp. Unbound. Stitched as issued. Text clear and complete. On aged and worn paper. Ownership signature at head of title: 'Mr. Whittaker'. Ends: 'Signed on behalf and by order of the Conference, | John Scott, President, | John Farrar, Secretary. | Sheffield, August, 17th, 1852.' Scarce: no copy in the British Library, and none on COPAC.

Autograph Letter Signed ('John Fisher') to the Rev. E. Taggart, Addison Rd, Kennington, regarding the distribution of Unitarian material in France and Spain.

Author: 
John Fisher (d. 1850), author and member of the Committee of the Unitarian Association
Publication details: 
8 July 1843; 4 Highbury Park.
£65.00

4to, 1 p. In bifolium. Fifteen lines of text. Clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with thin strip of archival paper from mount adhering to the second leaf. Addressed and docketed, with postmarks, on the reverse of the second leaf. Begins by discussing a translation, then discusses a 'grant of Books': 'probably a series or two of the Repository may relieve the shelves of the society to some advantage'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Dav. Davison') to the Committee, Unitarian Association, Walbrook Buildings.

Author: 
Rev. David Davison (1795-1859), minister of the Old Jewry Chapel, Jewin Street, London [Unitarianism]
Publication details: 
6 October 1831; Islington.
£56.00

12mo, 2 pp. In bifolium. Twenty-two lines of text, clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with thin strip from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf, which carries the address, a red wax seal, and docketing. On behalf of 'Mr Palmer of Carmarthen (late of Liverpool)', he is applying for 'a grant of Tracts for distribution in that town'. He concurs with Palmer that the tracts 'may be circulated there with great facility & made materially to serve the cause of Unitarianism'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('J Bowring') to unnamed recipient.

Author: 
Sir John Bowring (1792-1872), English polymath, 4th Governor of Hong Kong [Unitarianism; radicalism; William Roberts; Thiruvenkatam Vellala]
Publication details: 
10 March 1828; 4 Highbury Park.
£35.00

12mo, 1 p. Clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. In a bifolium, with thin strip of archival tape along edge of reverse of second leaf from previous mounting. He is enclosing 'W Roberts' letter & the answer' (neither present), and asks for a duplicate to be made of the latter item and 'sent forward'. Complains of 'a sad irregularity of Messrs Forbes & Co', asking if the matter has been set straight.

Divorce Problems of To-day.

Author: 
E. S. P. Haynes [Edmund Sidney Pollock Haynes (1877-1949); Oriana Huxley Haynes; T. H. Huxley]
Publication details: 
London: Published by The Divorce Law Reform Union, 20, Copthall Avenue, E.C. 1910.
£45.00

8vo, 75 pp. In original green card printed wraps. Disbound. Text clear and complete. On aged paper, and with wear to wraps and damage to spine from disbinding. Dedicated, with no trace of irony, to Haynes' wife Oriana Huxley Haynes, T. H. Huxley's eldest granddaughter.

A Letter to the Editor of the British Review, occasioned by the notice of "No Fiction," and "Martha," in the last number of that work. [Annotated copy of Francis Barnett (the 'Lefevre' of Reed's 'No Fiction') bound up with a review of the two books.]

Author: 
Andrew Reed (1787-1862), Congregational minister [Francis Barnett (b.1785)]
Publication details: 
[1823?] London: Printed by H. Teape, Tower-hill: Sold by Francis Westley, Stationers' Court, and the other booksellers.
£850.00

Excessively scarce, with no copy in the British Library and the only copy on COPAC at Cambridge, where it is tentatively dated to 1823. 8vo: 80 pp. Followed by five leaves (pp.373-382) from 'The Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle' for 1839, in which an anonymous review of Reed's two books features on pp.378-382. Interleaved (all blank). In simple contemporary blue-grey half-binding with cloth spine and corners and marbled boards. Tight copy on aged paper in worn binding. Neat contemporary repair to blank reverse of title. The circumstances of this publication are as follows.

A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, for the Use of the Congregation at Portland Chapel, St. Mary-la-Bonne.

Author: 
[the Portland Chapel, St. Mary-la-bonne [Marylebone], London; hymnology]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by W. Flint, Old Bailey; and may be had at the Chapel. 1804.
£200.00

12mo, 30 pages. In contemporary nonce-binding of brown boards tied with twine. Presumably incomplete, as sequential translations of only thirty psalms are present, ending with the hundred-and-fourth. Scarce: no copy in the British Library, and none on COPAC.

Autograph Letter Signed [to 'Mr Procter, Islington'].

Author: 
David Bogue (1750-1825), British nonconformist minister, whose academy at Gosport was 'the seed from which the London Missionary Society grew'
Publication details: 
Gosport 6th April 1825'.
£125.00

Three pages, 12mo. Good, on aged paper, but with the verso of the second leaf of the bifolium covered by previous brown-paper mount. 'Mr Cecil' has passed on Procter's letter. 'The object of your Society is highly commendable, & I wish it much success.' He is 'promoting the same end, by giving what [he] can spare, to Ministers in the neighbourhood'. Praises 'Gentlemen in London' for their 'liberality in assisting poor Ministers at a distance'. '[I]n the country we have as many in our neighbourhood as we are able to relieve'.

Letter in a Secretarial Hand, signed in Autograph, 'To the Rt: Honble: the Lords Commissioners of his Majesty's Treasury', together with engraved portrait by Guillaume Philippe Benoist (1725-70).

Author: 
Thomas Sherlock, Bishop of London
Publication details: 
Letter dated 20 August 1751.
£185.00

English ecclesiastic (1678-1761) and controversialist, who left his library to Cambridge University. LETTER: one page, octavo, discoloured and creased, and with neatly-repaired loss of strip approximately four inches by one and a half to top right-hand corner, causing some loss to text. Reads 'My Lords. | The Reverend Thomas Bradbury C Master of Arts being Licenced to perform th Office in New Jersey in his Majestys Plant America and on his departure thither I request that your Lordships will be pleased to his Majesty's Bounty of Twenty pounds to defray of his passage to that Province'.

Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr Teulon' [W. F. Teulon, author of 'Sacramental Exercises' (1837)?].

Author: 
William Johnson Fox
Publication details: 
12 December 1828; Dalston.
£30.00

Preacher, politician and author (1786-1864). 3 pages, 16mo. Grubby and discoloured, with some damp damage to second leaf of bifoliate, but no loss of text. He says he is 'ashamed of having kept yr MSS so long - | I think the Analysis of Michaelis very useful - & shd think it likely to be very acceptable as a pamphlet, were it not the disgraceful fact that there is no sale for the work itself, wh is a mere drug in the trade. It is a most interesting book - to me, at least -'. Discusses Teulon's spelling of 'Scripture names'.

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