religion

[E. A. Abbott, mathematician and author of 'Flatland'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edwin A. Abbott') to 'Bushell' [Rev. William Done Bushell], regarding dangers faced by the Protestant and Reformed Churches, Newman and Huxley, and a 'new truth'.

Author: 
Edwin A. Abbott [Edwin Abbott Abbott] (1838=1926), mathematician, headmaster of the City of London School and theologian, author of the science fiction book Flatland [Rev. William Done Bushell]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Wellside, Well Walk, Hampstead, N.W. [London] 2 March 1903.
£200.00

4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of stub adhering to margin. A long letter written in a close hand. He has been much preoccupied with 'the danger/ Bushell mentions in his letter, 'of breaking up the foundations of the Protestant Churches', and feels that '[a]nother metaphor might be breaking open the sheath so that the bud may expand into leaf and flower'. He discusses the freedoms of the 'Reformed Churches', which 'must accept their dangers as well as their privileges'.

[ Lady Byron ] Autograph Letter Signed "A I Noel Byron" to unnamed male correspondent (George Armstrong of Clifton Vale) about her view of "free and tolerant Protestant Churches".

Author: 
Anne Isabella Noel Byron, Lady Byron, sometime wife of Lord Byron.
Publication details: 
Brighton, 17 March 1851.
£580.00

A substantial letter in length and quality. Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, very good condition.

[The Earl of Dartmouth wishes to remain anonymous.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Dartmouth') to an unnamed cleric, regarding his subscription to a forthcoming volume.

Author: 
The Earl of Dartmouth [William Legge, 4th Earl of Dartmouth] (1784-1853), FRS, FSA, styled Viscount Lewisham between 1801 and 1810, peer and politician
Publication details: 
Sandwell. 2 May 1850.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. Mourning border. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. 'Dartmouth' neatly written in another hand at head. With reference to a forthcoming subscription appeal for a book by the recipient the letter reads: 'Revd. Sir, | With reference to your note of the 30th. April, I must beg to stipulate that you neither print mine, to which it refers, nor insert my name in any list of subscribers that you may circulate, my subscription may be entered, if you please, as that of a friend fo the Revd J. Hermby'.

[ Sir T. C. Hope and 'Religious Equality'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Theodore C Hope') discussing religious education in schools, together with four pamphlets by him on 'Religious Equality'.

Author: 
Sir T. C. Hope [Sir Theodore Cracraft Hope] (1831-1915), British civil servant of the Government of India [Religious Equality; Religous Nineteenth-century Education in Schools]
Publication details: 
LETTER: on letterhead of 21 Elvaston Place, Queens Gate, S.W. 28 June 1908. PAMPHLETS: 1906 (2), 1907 and 1908. The first three printed by Church Printing Co., London.
£250.00

Hope calls (Item Four below) for 'a frank recognition of the fact that the faith of the nation is to be found under various, and in some cases discordant, forms, which each require cultivation in conformity with the conscientious beliefs of those who hold them', this being the only way that religion 'as a national institution' can be saved from 'eventual submergence under the floods of indifference and infidelity which are yearly making way in our own as in other European peoples'.The five items attached by a piece of string.

[ Max Müller, philologist and Orientalist, opponent of Charles Darwin. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('F. Max Müller') to 'Mr Shelley' (i.e. H. C. Shelly) of the Glasgow periodical The Baillie. With inscribed photographic portrait.

Author: 
Max Müller [ Friedrich Max Müller ] (1823-1900), German-born philologist and Orientalist, based in Britain, opponent of the linguistic theories of Charles Darwin [ Henry Charles Shelly ]
Publication details: 
Autograph Letter on letterhead of 7 Norham Gardens, Oxford. 24 February 1891. Photograph without date or place.
£50.00

From the papers of the journalist Henry Charles Shelly (sic), who would appear from the letter to have been connected with the Glasgow periodical The Baillie. ONE: ALS (24 February 1891). 3pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He gives him permission to 'print the enclosed extract in the Modern Church, but not before April 1, as I mean to use it in a lecture in London next month'. He is sending him 'Genelli's Dante Illustrations', and regrets that 'they have been rather badly treated'. He will send him 'a copy of Physical Religion and I need not say how glad I should be if Mr.

[ 'Promise to pay to Ignorance, Hypocrisy & Fanaticism, Methodist Preachers'. ] Satirical engraving of a bank note, undertaking to pay five farthings 'when Methodism shall have been done away'.

Author: 
John Luffman, London printseller [ Georgian methodism ]
Publication details: 
'Sold by Luffman, 377, Strand'.. Dated from London, 1 September 1810.
£120.00

Printed in black ink on a 9 x 16.5 cm. piece of paper. A scarce piece of ephemera. Grubby, aged and worn. Laid down on part of a page from an album. A pastiche of a Georgian banknote, the main body of the text reading: 'No. 24 . . . . | Promise to pay to Ignorance, Hypocrisy & Fanaticism, Methodist Preachers, or Bearer FIVE Farthings, when Methodism shall have been done away with by the Pious exertions of the established Clergy, and when Iohn Bull's Family shall be no longer scared by the tale of the Devil let loose. | London the 1st. day of Septr 1810.

[ James Parsons of York, Congregational minister. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Rev. James Everett

Author: 
James Parsons (1799-1877) of Salem Chapel, York, Congregational minister [ James Everett (1784-1872), Methodist minister ]
Publication details: 
23 St Saviourgate [ York ]. 31 August 1839.
£40.00

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of tape adhering to one edge from mount. He is 'requested by the Committee of our Auxiliary in aid of the London Missionary Society to ask for your presence and assistance at our approaching anniversary in aid of that Institution'. He gives the date and details of the event, to be held at Salem Chapel, including 'a public breakfast in the school room in the morning, and a meeting in the evening'. He names two individuals from whom help is expected, with mention of 'two of the native refugees from Madagascar'.

[ James Parsons of York, Congregational minister. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Rev. T. <Greenway?>, regarding his preaching twice in Salem Chapel, with one 'Collection for the Port of Hull Society'.

Author: 
James Parsons (1799-1877) of Salem Chapel, York, Congregational minister
Publication details: 
York. 27 February 1866.
£35.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. He reminds him that when he was in York, he stated his 'willingness to preach twice in Salem Chapel, and have one Collection for the Port of Hull Society, during the present year', adding that 'the Deacons of our Church concur in such arrangement'. He proposes a date, and asks for a reply.

[ James Baldwin Brown, Congregational minister and author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Baldwin Brown'), regarding the sending of a volume on his son's return.

Author: 
James Baldwin Brown (1820-1884), Congregational minister and author, noted for his liberal views
Publication details: 
5 The Paragon, Streatham Hill. 16 April [ no year ].
£40.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The male recipient is unnamed. He does not wish him to think that he is indifferent to his application for 'the Volume of <?> life which you have written for'. He continues: 'My Son has got it, and he is away from home. But he is returning shortly and I shall be able to send it to you'. Brown was Minister in Derby, in 1843; at Claylands Chapel, Clapham Road, in 1846; and at Brixton Independent Chapel, Brixton Road, from 1870 until his death.

[ 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'.

[ George Howard, 6th Earl of Carlisle. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Carlisle'), giving his reasons, in indignant terms, for declining the office of Vice-President of the York Central Diocesan Society.

Author: 
George Howard, 6th Earl of Carlisle (1773-1848), Tory statesman [ Castle Howard, Yorkshire; the York Central Diocesan Society ]
Publication details: 
Castle Howard [ Yorkshire ]. 2 January 1840.
£50.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The recipient (who dockets the reverse of the second leaf) is not named. He has received the letter in which the recipient, as Chairman, has requested him 'in pursuance of the 8th Resolution agreed to at that Meeting, to accept the office of Vice-President'.

[ Augustus Short, Bishop of Adelaide. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'A Short'), written while at Oxford to Rev. Richard Harington, regarding the Oxford Movement and 'Schismatics', and reporting a comment by John Henry Newman.

Author: 
Augustus Short (1802-1883), first Bishop of Adelaide, Librarian of Christ Church [ Rev. Richard Harington (1800-1853), Principal of Brasenose;J ohn Henry Newman; the Oxford Movement; Tractarians ]
Publication details: 
Neither with place or year [ 1840s ]. One 'Wednesday. Mh. 13.'; the other 'Tuesday | June 4'.
£320.00

Both items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. According to Short's entry in the Oxford DNB, he 'had many friends among the Tractarians, and wrote (but did not publish) a defence of Tract 90, though he voted for the condemnation of W. G. Ward's Ideal of a Christian Church in 1845. In 1846 he delivered at Oxford the Bampton lectures entitled The Witness of the Spirit with our Spirit'. ONE: 'Tuesday | June 4'. 3pp., 12mo. He begins by stating that he is enclosing the 'Extracts from the Tracts', together with Harington's 'paper of observations'.

[ Inscribed by the author. ] 1531-1931. Thomas Bilney, M.A., LL.D., Fellow of Trinity Hall, and Professor of Civil Law at Cambridge, and The Dawn of The Fourth Centenary of The Reformation in England.

Author: 
G. E. Connor [ Gwendolyn Edith Connor (1885-1950), afterwards Gwendolyn Edith Tapley-Soper ] [ Thomas Bilney (c.1495-1531), English Protestant martyr ]
Publication details: 
At end: 'G. E. CONNOR. | [2] Dix's Field, | Exeter.' [ Pamphlet from 1931; author's inscription dated 1938. ]
£90.00

4pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition with light signs of age. Inscribed at bottom right: 'With Compliments | from | The Writer. 1938.' And beneath inscription, again by Moore, in pencil: 'Kindly return, after reading, if not required, to 28 Bouverie Place, Exeter. As copies are now scarce'. At the end of the document the author has added '2' to his address, and has amended the following: 'A Memorial Tablet to Dr. Thomas Bilney will (D.V.) [amended to 'was'] be unveiled on September 19th, 1931, in the Lollards' Pit at Norwich). [added in manuscript: 'by Mrs.

Printed pamphlet: 'Jubilee of Catholic Emancipation. A Paper, read in the Assembly Rooms, Bath, before the Members of the Bath Catholic Assocation. May 12th, 1879.'

Author: 
Right Rev. Dr. Sweeney, O.S.B., Abbot of St. Alban's [ James Norbert Sweeney ]
Publication details: 
London: Burns and Oates. Bristol: Austin and Oates. 1879.
£65.00

32pp., 8vo. Stitched and disbound. With printed front wrap only on brown paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, but with the first 16pp. detached from the rest. Copies on COPAC at only three locations: BL, Oxford and Cambridge.

[ John Cumming, Scottish clergyman. ] Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed recipient, regarding his forthcoming visit to Devizes.

Author: 
John Cumming (1807-1881), Scottish minister of the Presbyterian Church of England, attacked by George Eliot for ‘bigoted narrowness’
Publication details: 
28 January [ no year ]. On embossed letterhead of 7 Montague Place, Russell Square, London, W.C.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. On aged paper, with slight strip along one margin cut away, resulting in slgiht loss to text. After thanking the recipient for his 'kind remembrances' he writes: 'I shall arrive in Devizes only in time to give a lecture & must leave soon after for Marlboro on my way back. | I have very little time to spare. But that spare time I am expending in order to help a deserving '.Docketed at head of first page in a contemporary hand: 'Mr. Cumming | Scotch Church'. For information on Cumming see his entry in the Oxford DNB.?>

[ Matthew Tindall, English Deist. ] Autograph Signature ('Matth Tindall') on an Exchequer receipt.

Author: 
Matthew Tindall (1657-1733), influential English Deist writer
Publication details: 
[ Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 21 August 1716.
£450.00

1p., 8vo. On aged and worn paper, with vertical closed tear (away from signature). Laid out in the usual style, with printed text completed in manuscript. Recording payment of three pounds on an annuity. With signature of witness 'J Thomas'.

[ Thomas Arnold the Younger. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. Arnold') to Rev. R. Hutchinson, regarding the views of St Augustine on 'Perseverance and Predestination' and 'the good works of the heathen'.

Author: 
Thomas Arnold the Younger [ Tom Arnold ] (1823-1900), Professor at University College, Dublin, son of the headmaster of Rugby School and brother of the poet Matthew Arnold, literary scholar (Wikipedia
Publication details: 
Laleham, The Parks. 22 December 1872. [ Laleham on Thames, Middlesex (now Surrey). ]
£400.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Arnold, whose conversion to Roman Catholicism hindered his academic dvancement in England, was grandfather of the writer Aldous Huxley, and taught James Joyce at Dublin. At the time of writing he was running a private tutoring establishment at Oxford. He begins the letter by explaining that it has hardly been possible to reply to Hutchinson 'during term time [...] I had so much work on my hands'. He is returning 'Canon Bright's letter', and has 'not had time to look at the treatises on Perseverance and Predestination'.

[ Religion; Theology; Pamphlet ] Penitence and Confession. A Sermon preached at St. Mary Magdalene, Oxford on the first Sunday in Lent, 1859.

Author: 
Richard St. John Tyrwhitt, M.A.
Publication details: 
"Published by Request". Oxford and London: John Henry and James Parker, 1859.
£56.00

Disbound, 14pp. 8vo, lacking wraps,some discolouration, small piece torn from title , mainly good.WorldCat records copies at the copyright libraries and Yale.

[ State of the Church; pamphlet ] Worship and Controversy.

Author: 
Rev. George F. Grundy, Vicar of St. Elizabeth's, Aspull.
Publication details: 
WIGAN: R. Platt, 17, Wallgate: Works - Dorning Street. 1904.
£50.00

[14]pp., 8vo, disbound (spine rough, indicating removal from a volume), titlepage (p.[1]) and final page [p.[14]) grubby, top inch removed (ensuring p.[3] top grubby also, small embossed stamp of Wigan Public Libraries titlepage; with "With the author's compliments" and "Duplicate" written at top, minor correction to preface (authorial?). The Sermon was preached at St Alban's, Cheetwood, Manchester re. Preface. No other copy traced.

[ Robert Hitch, Dean of York ] Autograph Letter Signed "Ro: Hitch" to Sir Thomas Wentworth ("at Bretton").

Author: 
Robert Hitch, Dean of York
Publication details: 
York, 22 May [1668 ]
£150.00

One page, 8vo, bifolium (second leaf blank). "I am sorry the ill-heald wound breaks out again. If Mr Walbank had submitted to the Court, & had made an acknowledgment by order or injunction of the court his adversaryes had not have renewed their old articles again: [ ... ] wthin the statute of limitation of actions.

[ 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

[ Printed pamphlet. ] Faith and Fact. A Letter to the Rev. Henry M. Field, D.D. By Robert G. Ingersoll. Reprinted from the North American Review (November 1887).

Author: 
Robert G. Ingersoll [ Col. R. G. Ingersoll; Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), 'The Great Agnostic' ] [ Rev. Henry Martyn Field (1822-1907) ; G. W. Foote, Progressive Publishing Company, London ]
Publication details: 
London: Progressive Publishing Company, 28 Stonecutter Street, E.C. [ Printed and Published by G. W. Foote, at 28 Stonecutter Street, London, E.C. ] 1890.
£45.00

30pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In good condition, lightly aged. The only copies of this edition on COPAC at Oxford and the Humanist Library.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] God and Man. Second Letter to The Rev. Henry M. Field, D.D. by Robert G. Ingersoll. Reprinted from the North American Review (January 1888).

Author: 
Robert G. Ingersoll [ Col. R. G. Ingersoll; Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), 'The Great Agnostic' ] [ Rev. Henry Martyn Field (1822-1907) ; G. W. Foote, Progressive Publishing Company, London ]
Publication details: 
London: Progressive Publishing Company, 28 Stonecutter Street, E.C. [ Printed and Published by G. W. Foote, at 28 Stonecutter Street, E.C. ] 1888.
£45.00

16pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In good condition, lightly aged. 'You do not exactly appreciate my feeling. I do not hate Presbyterians; I hate Presbyterianism. I hate with all my heart the creed of that Church, and I most heartily despise the God described in the Confession of Faith. But some of the best friends I have in the world are afflicted with the mental malady known as Presbyterianism.' Uncommon.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] The Three Philanthropists. By Robert. G. Ingersoll.

Author: 
Robert G. Ingersoll [ Col. R. G. Ingersoll; Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), 'The Great Agnostic' ] [ G. W. Foote, Progressive Publishing Company, London ]
Publication details: 
London: Progressive Publishing Company, 28 Stonecutter Street, E.C. 1892.
£45.00

15 + [1]pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In good condition, with light signs of age. Last page carries a list of 'Works by Colonel R. G. Ingersoll.' Scarce: no copy at the British Library, and the only copies on COPAC at the Humanist Library and Oxford.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] True Religion. By Robert G. Ingersoll.

Author: 
Robert G. Ingersoll [ Col. R. G. Ingersoll; Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), 'The Great Agnostic' ] [ Unitarian Club of New York; G. W. Foote, Progressive Publishing Company, London ]
Publication details: 
London: Progressive Publishing Company, 28 Stonecutter Street, E.C. [ Printed by G. W. Foote, at 28 Stonecutter Street, London, E.C. ] 1892.
£45.00

16pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In fair condition, with light signs of age, and slight damage at margin of title-leaf from disbinding. The introduction reads: 'On Thursday evening, January 14, 1892, the Unitarian Club of New York, held its annual dinner at Sherry's.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] A Lie in Five Chapters? Or the Rev. Hugh Price Hughes's "Converted Atheist." By G. W. Foote (President of the National Secular Society).

Author: 
G. W. Foote (President of the National Secular Society) [ George William Foote (1850-1915); Rev. Hugh Price Hughes (1847-1902) ]
Publication details: 
'Second Edition. (Completing Ten Thousand.)' London: Progressive Publishing Company, 28 Stonecutter Street, E.C. [ Printed and Published by G. W. Foote, at 28 Stonecutter Street, London, E.C.' 1892.
£50.00

15 + [1]pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In good condition, lightly aged. P.15 carries a 'Postscript to Second Edition', dated January 1892, in which Foote declares that it is time 'to fling aside all reserve, and I unhesitatingly call Mr. Hughes's story a lie from beginning to end. It does not contain even a mixture of truth; it is pure, unadulterated falsehood.' The last page carries a list of 'Works by G. W. Foote.' Scarce: no copies of the first or any other edition on COPAC, and the only two copies of this second edition at the British Library and Humanist Library.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] Hereafter. By Colonel Ingersoll. The Great American Orator and Wit.

Author: 
Colonel Ingersoll [ Colonel R. G. Ingersoll; Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), 'The Great Agnostic' ]
Publication details: 
'Twelfth Edition.' London: R. Forder; Freethought Publishing Co.; Truelove. Bristol: W. H. Morrish. Leicester: The Bookstall. Hull: Witty. Southampton: The Bookstall. Manchester: S. Watts. Edinburgh: Alexander Orr. Glasgow: Robert Ferguson. [c.1890 ]
£56.00

12pp., 12mo. Disbound. In detached grey printed wraps, with portrait of Ingesoll on cover. In good condition, on aged paper. Only one copy of this twelfth edition on COPAC, at the London School of Economics.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] Colonel Ingersoll on the Great Mistake.

Author: 
Colonel Ingersoll [ R. G. Ingersoll; Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), 'The Great Agnostic' ]
Publication details: 
Printed and Published by G. W. Foote, at 28 Stonecutter Street, London, E.C. [ Circa 1890. ]
£56.00

8pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In good condition, lightly aged. Drophead title only. Scarce: no copy at the British Library, and the only copy on COPAC at Oxford University.

[ Printed pamphlet, with introduction by G. W. Foote. ] Marriage and Divorce. An Agnostic's View. By Colonel R. G. Ingersoll.

Author: 
Colonel R. G. Ingersoll [ Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), 'The Great Agnostic' ] [ G. W. Foote, Progressive Publishing Company, London ]
Publication details: 
London: Progressive Publishing Company, 28, Stonecutter Street, E.C. [ Printed and Published by G. W. Foote, 28 Stonecutter St., London, E.C. ] 1890.
£45.00

15 + [1]pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In good condition, with light signs of age. Last page carries a list of 'Works by Colonel Ingersoll.' Foote's introductory note reads: 'During November and December, 1889, the North American Review printed a number of articles by representative men on the subject of Divorce. The editor framed a series of four questions, which the various writers replied to. Colonel Ingersoll answered them seriatim and fully, without the least evasion and reserve, having a habit, not only of meaning what he says, but of saying what he means.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] Social Salvation. A Lay Sermon by Colonel R. G. Ingersoll. (Delivered on Nov. 14th, 1886.

Author: 
Colonel R. G. Ingersoll [ Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), 'The Great Agnostic' ] [ G. W. Foote, Progressive Publishing Company, London ]
Publication details: 
London: Progressive Publishing Company, 28 Stonecutter Street, E.C. [ London: Printed and Published by G. W. Foote, at 28 Stonecutter Street, E.C. ] 1889.
£50.00

16pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Scarce: no copy at the British Library, and the only copies on COPAC at the Humanist Library and Oxford University.

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