[ James Parsons of Lendal Chapel, York, Congregational minister and 'the most remarkable pulpit orator of his time'. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Rev. James Everett, requesting his presence at a meeting at Salem Chapel on behalf of schools.

James Parsons (1799-1877), Congregational minister, a popular preacher at Lendal Chapel, York [ James Everett (1784-1872), Methodist minister ]
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St Saviourgate [ York ]. 25 January [ c.1842 ].

2pp., 16mo. In good condition, lightly aged, neatly attached by stub to another leaf. He hopes Everett will be 'able and willing to comply' with his request that he attends, at a future date, in 'the school room of Salem Chapel at a meeting on behalf of our Sabbath and day schools'. As Everett is 'relieved from some of [his] wonted Engagements', Parsons hopes 'that no obstacle will exist'. According to Everett's entry in the Oxford DNB, he 'moved to York in 1839. Through failure of health he was […] made a supernumerary minister in 1842, but remained in York, writing more actively than ever'.

To You is the Word of Salvation sent. Seven Addresses to the Men and Women of England, delivered at St Martin's Hall, London, by Richard Weaver, a converted Collier and Ex-Pugilist. With a biographical sketch.

Richard Weaver, a converted Collier and Ex-Pugilist [born at Asterley, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire, in 1827, died 1896]
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London: Benj. Lowe & Co., 31, Paternoster Row. [No date, but preface dated 'London, September, 1860.'.]

128pp., 16mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in shiny yellow printed wraps with slight staining at head of front cover. The twelve-page 'Biographical Sketch' covers pp.3-16. It quotes the Rev. Baptist W. Noel as saying that Weaver 'has been preaching at Sheffield, and other towns, to multitudes of working men [...] he was, at one time, addicted to prize-fighting, and that he was never beaten in his life.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Geo. Hartley') to 'G. Woolcott Esqre'.

Reverend George Hartley (Methodist preacher?) [George Woolcott (English architect?); acoustic; acoustics]
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17 March 1825; 19 Charlotte Street, Portland Place, London.

4to, 4 pp. Very good on lightly aged paper. Hartley has 'attentively considered' Woolcott's 'plans for your New Church with reference to an opinion of their merits as being calculated to assist the Human Voice in Rhetorical delivery'. He is 'so little of an Architect as to be unable to assist my observations with the technical terms which would facilitate the meaning of my observations', but he will give them as clearly as he can, speaking from his 'long experience in Public Delivery in (I may say) almost all kinds of enclosed spaces'.

Two Letters Signed, the first in a secretarial hand and the second in Autograph, to Rev. Joseph Lucas.

Joseph Parker (1830-1902), English nonconformist divine, preacher, theologian and miscellaneous writer
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16 November 1827 and 7 March 1873; both on letterhead The Rosstrappe, Highbury New Park [London].

Both items one page, octavo, and on aged and creased paper. Regarding Lucas's selection from Parker's works, 'Detached links; extracts from the Writings and Discourses of Joseph Parker' (Richard D. Dickinson, 1873). LETTER ONE: Thanks Lucas for his 'kind note', but does not 'see how the suggestion it conveys can be realized. I am afraid you would find it difficult to get a publisher.' Advises Lucas 'not to pursue the idea any further'. LETTER TWO: In a shaky hand explains that he is 'so poorly just now that I cannot give any phot[ographe]r. a sitting.

ALS, 3pp, 16mo, to "Mr Light"

William John Knox-Little (DNB), divine and preacher
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18 January 1913, on letterhead "SPINFIELD, | MARLOW, | BUCKS."

Agrees to preach (" 'make a few remarks' in your pulpit)" on Sunday morning, despite the fact that "my preaching days are over". "the fewer people who know it the better". Warns that he has neither physical nor mental strength left, and "By disobeying the medical tyrants" has previously got into trouble. Asks to be lent the necessary robes. Negligible browning from contact with woodpulp slip.

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