Matthew Tindall (1657-1733), influential English Deist writer
[ Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 21 August 1716.
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'.
W. J. Hardy [ Charles John Shoppee (1823-1897), 'Citizen and Armourer of London' ]
Book published by The Religious Tract Society, 56 Paternoster Row and 65, St. Paul's Churchyard, 1893. [ Printed in Oxford by Horace Hart, Printer to the University. ]
176pp., 4to. With four photogravure plates and numerous excellent facsimiles in text. A splendid production in red cloth gilt, with tissue guards to the plates and all edges gilt. In good very good condition, lightly aged and worn.
Henry Melvill (1798-1871), religious writer, Principal of the East India Company College, 1844-1858, and Canon of St Paul's Cathedral [ Thomas Appleby Stephenson (1832-1908) ]
Haileybury College, Hertfordshire. 3 November 1853.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border and armorial letterhead. In fair condition, on aged paper, with slight traces of glue from mount on blank reverse of second leaf. His reply has been delayed by the fact that Stephenson's letter was misdirected to 'Highbury College'. He thanks Stephenson for his letter, and feels 'so much pleasure' at 'time passed in Edinburgh', regarding 'that great city with so sincere an affection, that it is very pleasing to [him] to receive so kind a letter from one of its inhabitants'.
Robert Blatchford [ James Moorhouse (1826-1915), Anglican Bishop of Manchester, 1886-1903 ]
Without publication details or place. [ Final section with note: 'Reprinted from the "Clarion," of November 4th, 1893.'
16pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. Drophead title. The three letters are titled 'The Pillars of the State', 'The Common Kennel' and 'Priest and Samaritan'. A final piece, titled 'The Bishop of Manchester as a Socialist' is subtitled 'Reprinted from the "Clarion," of November 4th, 1893.' Scarce.
Rev. Alexander Webster of Kilmarnock [ H. A. Long ]
Kilmarnock: The Author, andn Booksellers. Glasgow: W. & R. Holmes, Dunlop Street. Aberdeen: A. Martin, George Street. [ J. Smith, Printer, Portland St., Kilmarnock. ] Undated [ October 1893 ].
22 + pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. The reverse of the title (p.2) carries an advertisement for Webster's book. There is a preface on pp.3-4, dated to October 1893, and addressed by Webster from 41 Dean Street, Kilmarnock. The preface begins: 'Knowing that Mr.
[ William Robertson Smith (1846-1894), Scottish theologian, Professor of Hebrew at Aberdeen Free Church College
'No. 2. Bon-Accord Rhymes and Ballads. ] Aberdeen: George Middleton, Skene Square. 1878.
Smith's entry in the Oxford DNB explains the background to this pamphlet, explaining that he was 'commissioned to write some articles on biblical subjects for the ninth edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and the first two of these appeared in 1875—‘Angel’ in volume 2 and ‘Bible’ in volume 3. These articles marked a turning point in his career. The Bible was regarded by the Free Church of Scotland as ‘the supreme rule of faith and life’, and so anything that might seem to undermine its authority was bound to arouse opposition.
Rev. George Harris (1794-1859), Unitarian minister, author and editor
Both from 2 Hope Park, Edinburgh. 22 February and 5 March 1844.
Both on 4to biofoliums, and addressed, with postmarks, on the reverse of the second leaf. Both in fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. ONE (22 February 1844): Concerning the unfortunate state of 'the Glasgow congregation' since Harris's removal to Edinburgh. His successor 'Mr. T[aylor].' stated his 'present views' to 'Messrs C<?> & Smith', 'and they said at once he ought to resign the pulpit [...] The end cannot be far off. Mr. T. declared he would not quit the pulpit till he was dragged out of it'. The letter continues with references to 'Mr Taylor' and 'Mr Davidson'.
Hugh Macleod (1730-1809), DD, Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Glasgow University
College [ University of Glasgow ]. 29 July 1807.
1p., 4to. On bifolium. Addressed, with broken seal in black wax, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Charles MacIntosh Esqr - &c &c'. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. He apologises for being 'unable to attend to pay the usual last Duty to the Remains of your excellent Father & my Friend', but assures MacIntosh that 'no man more sincerely laments his Departure than I do'. He ends in the hope that 'the great & gracious God may sanctify this Dispensation to all concerned'. Signe 'Your much afflicted but very faithful & obedt. Humble Sert. | H: Macleod | College | 29 July 1807'.
Richard Edmund Tyrwhitt, M.A., retired India Chaplain
London and Cambridge: Macmillan and Co. 1868.
xii + 959pp., 8vo. With three fold-out family trees. Two continuously-paginated volumes bound together, and including title-leaf to second volume. In fair condition, aged and worn. In worn contemporary grey buckram half-binding, with marbled covers. A weighty piece of biblical exegesis. A family copy of an uncommon book, the volume descending to Tyrwhitt's relation Thomas Colmer.
William Allen (1770-1843), Quaker scientist and philanthropist, first president of the Pharmaceutical Society [ Joseph John Gurney (1788-1847) of Norwich; Eliza Gurney; John Forster ]
'Stoke Newington near London | the 11th. of the 4th month (April) 1843'.
1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with a 2.5 cm closed tear and slight loss at one edge causing damage to one word of text. The text is neatly written out in another hand over 14 lines. Allen's signature and other details in his hand are at the end: 'Wm. Allen | Stoke Newington near London | the 11th. of the 4th month (April) 1843'. Headed 'To my dear Friends on the Continent of Europe to whom these lines may come'.
L'Abbé Lambert, Secretary of the Archbishop of Paris [Antoine-Éléonor-Léon Leclerc de Juigné (1728-1811), Archbishop of Paris during the French Revolution]
Without place or date. [On paper with watermark of Edmeades & Pine, Maidstone, Kent. 1790s.]
3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. 46 lines of text in shaky English, neatly written out. Lambert begins: 'Having been a long invested with the particular confidence of Mr. De Juigné Archbishop of Paris, I take the liberty of giving a succinct account of the persecutions and misfortunes which this worthy Prelate has experienced for his Religion, his King, & his conscience; & the dreadful distress to which he is now reduced. | I can with truth attest that Mr. J. archbishop of Paris in the Winter of 1788.
J. P. Earwaker [Rev. Samuel Angier; the Nonconformist Chapel, Dukinfield, County Chester]
For Private Circulation. Liverpool: T. Brakell, Printer, 58, Dale Street. 1882.
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.
[The Congregational Church in England and Wales; The Southern Board of Education (England)]
London: Printed by Yates Alexander and Shepheard, Lonsdale Buildings, Chancery Lane. [Between 1881 and 1883.]
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.]
Rev. Charles Voysey (1828-1912), Church of England priest condemned for heterodoxy, who went on to found the Theistic Church, London
'Lecture on Rationalism' published in London by Trübner & Co., Paternoster Row, 1871; the other three items from 'The Theistic Church, for the Worship of the One God, Swallow Street, Piccadilly, London'.
For more on Voysey, father of the architect of the same name, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. Denouncing the doctrine of eternal punishment, he was deprived of his living on 11 February 1871. ONE: 'Doctrine on Rationalism' (1871). 34pp., 8vo. Stitched and stabbed as issued. No covers. Aged and worn, with ownership inscription in pencil at head of title-page, on which the author is described as 'REV. CHARLES VOYSEY, B.A., | LATE VICAR OF HEALAUGH.' (thus indicating that the pamphlet appeared immediately after his explusion from the Church of England).
Rev. Dr Henry Christmas [Noel-Fearn] (1811-1868), editor and numismatist [Arthur Hall, London publisher [Arthur Hall, Virtue & Co., Paternoster Row]
Without date or place.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and unevenly-sunned paper. He begins by giving six numbered points which 'will do for the Introduction' to a prospectus for a magazine. The first reads: 'The biographical & archaeological portion of the Magazine will be placed under the superintendance of the Revd Professor Christmas, M.A.
The Rev. Sydney Smith [Sydney Smith (1771-1845), renowned wit and founding contributor to the Edinburgh Review, called 'The Smith of Smiths']
York: Printed by Thomas Wilson and Sons, High-Ousegate. 1825.
 + 17pp., 12mo. Disbound pamphlet. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The York imprint is explained by the fact that Smith was Rector of Foston-le-Clay in Yorkshire; a London edition, by W. E. Andrews, appeared in the same year.
Seven items, printed paper wraps, all 48mo or close, mainly anon., as follows: 1. [J.D.S.], "Why did God love Man", pp., list of "Small books" on final page (back wrap); 2. "To-Day! To-Day! A True Story", pp., list of "Small books" on final page (back wrap); 3. "Don't Wait", wraps grubby, 16pp.; 4. Rev. J. Denham Smith, "Good News in a Far Country", pp., green paper, wraps grubby; 5. [J.D.S.], "A Present Salvation", pp., covers grubby and sl.
Baptist Wriothesley Noel (1798-1873), English evangelical minister of St John's Chapel, Bedford Row, and then at John Street Baptist Church in Bloomsbury
'Walthamstow | 18th April [no year]'.
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'.
William Howley (1766-1848), successively Bishop of London (1813-1828) and Archbishop of Canterbury (1828-1848) [theatres in Georgian London; sabbatarianism; Sunday observance; censorship]
London. 6 March 1828.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight loss at the head of the second leaf affecting a couple of words of text. The letter begins: My dear Sir, | I have on different occasions interfered to prevent gross abuses at the Theatre to which you call my attention, and have I believe to a certain degree procured their correction. But thhere is great reason to fear that by attempting too much more may be lost than gained.
Publication Committee, Presbyterian Church of England, 18 Paternoster Square, London
[Publication Committee, Presbyterian Church of England, 18 Paternoster Square, London.] [Circa 1882.]
The text is engraved in copperplate on one side of a piece of card, with plan on reverse of the the premises at 18 Paternoster Square, with Newgate Street, Warwick Lane, Rose Street and Paternoster Row also shown. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with unobtrusive vertical crease. A nice piece of nineteenth-century London book trade ephemera. The text reads: 'Publication Committee | Presbyterian Church of England, | 18 Paternoster Square.
Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852), 1st Duke of Wellington, conquerer of Napoleon and British prime minister
New York. 20 July 1843.
1p., 4to. Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'His Grace The Duke of Wellington | London | Europe'. With postmark of 'LIVERPOOL SHIP'. In fair condition, on aged paper. 47 lines of closely-written text. A ranting missive, the reading of which requires Wellington's sense of duty.
The Rt. Hon. Lord Sheffield [National Education Association]
National Education Association, Caxton House, Westminster [London], SW1. [Co-operative Printing Society Limited, Tudor Street, London EC. [Circa 1923]
11 + pp., 12mo. Stapled. With stamp, shelfmarks and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, otherwise in fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Scarce: no copy in the British Library, or on COPAC.
George A. Spottiswoode [Spottiswoode & Co., printers]
3 Cadogan Square, [London] SW. 10 December 1894. Printed and Published by Spottiswoode & Co. New-street Square, London.
8pp., 12mo. Stitched. With stamps, shelfmark and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, otherwise in fair condition, on aged paper. Scarce: no copy in the British Library, and the only copy on COPAC at Oxford.
Rev. Vincent Clementi, B.A., incumbent of North Douro, Ontario, Canada
Peterborough [Ontario]: Printed by Robert Romaine, Market Block. 1872.
15pp., 12mo. Stitched. In original mustard printed wraps. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn wraps with closed tear at spine. Attractive red and white label of the Education Department Reference Library laid down on blank back cover, and shelfmark and label at head of title-page. On title-page: 'The proceeds of the sale of this Sermon will be added to the fund now being raised for the purpose of erecting a new Chapel.' The only copy on COPAC at the British Library, and five other copies in Canada on OCLC WorldCat.
Richard Winter Hamilton (1794-1848), Congregational minister of Albion and Belgrave Chapels, Leeds
Leeds. 20 November 1827.
1p., 4to. In good condition, on a lightly aged and worn leaf removed from an album. The poem is twenty lines long, arranged in five four-line stanzas. The first stanza reads 'Dear Sister, Christian Heroine! | Stranger to me thy form & voice - | I venerate that zeal of thine, | And while I blush, for thee rejoice'. The second stanza is somewhat heretical: 'Nor Male nor Female is in Him | Who Born of Woman, both hath sav'd: | She conquers every terror grim, - | She thousand deaths for Him has brav'd!' The third stanza begins: '"A woman slew him:" Gideon'ss son'.
Rev. Alfred Allen Brockington (1872-1938) of West Kirby, Cheshire, poet and collaborator with Cecil Sharp in the collection of folk-songs
On letterhead of The Haven, West Kirby, Cheshire. 'St Paul [29 June] 1938'.
4pp., 12mo. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter is addressed to 'My dear Father'. He begins by thanking him for his letter: 'I can picture the long-nailed Neb. sitting down to answer your request for an autograph. Strange, that you should have been hearing of Vaughan Williams just at that time!' He reports that he has been 'doing many poems for The British Weekly. The Editor saw something of mine & asked me to send whatever I liked. And his nonconformist readers do not seem to jib.
H. Such. Machine Printer & Publlisher, 177 Union Street, Boro', S.E. [London]. No date (similar items [1840s] or 1850s]
One page, 4to, laid down, some chipping and small closed tears, stained and marked but text clear and complete. In two parallel sections, "The Upward Line" (commencing "The line to Heaven by Christ is made"), 40 lines, 10 verses, and "The Down Line" ("There is a Railway downward laid"), 32 lines, 8 verses. Crude image of train at top as well as the number "734". Note at foot revealing that the verses are sold for the benefit of tradesmen who are unemployed and destitute as well as "strnagers in this part of the country". Scarce. The few copies on COPAC appear to be variant (different printer).
John Kitto (1804-1854), Cornish religious author and missionary [Rev. Dr George Bush (1796-1859), American, biblical scholar, pastor and abolitionist]
Letter dated 20 Manchester Terrace, Islington, London. 28 February 1843. Prospectus by Adam and Charles Black, Edinburgh, and undated.
A 4to bifolium, with the two-page printed prospectus on both sides of the first leaf, and the two-page letter on both sides of the second. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with light staining at the head of both leaves. The prospectus is headed: 'Preparing for publication, | (To form, when completed, one thick volume 8vo,) | A Cyclopaedia of Biblical Literature, By John Kitto, Editor of "The Pictorial Bible," &c. &c.
Edward Bouverie Pusey (1800-1882), Regius Professor of Hebrew at Christ Church, Oxford, and a leader of the Oxford Movement [Rev. William Hale Hale (1795-1870); Renn Dickson Hampden (1793-1868)]
Postmarked 29 April 1836.
1p., 4to. 18 lines of text. Fair, on aged paper, with a few closed tears. Addressed on the reverse, with three postmarks and Pusey's seal in black wax broken in two, to 'Rev. Wm. H. Hale | Charter-house'. Writing in a tight, difficult hand, Pusey begins with a reference to an 'intended present' from Hale (from the context clearly a copy of Hale's edition of Jeremy Taylor's 'Doctrine and Practice of Repentence'). Pusey praises 'the earnest, energetic truth-speaking language of Bp. Taylor', which he considers 'a voice as from another world'.