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Book Description
Uncommon first edition this pamphlet by the divine and poet Samuel Wesley (1662-1735), which having been published without his consent or knowledge led to a serious, prolonged, and ill-natured controversy. ‘In 1703 there was published anonymously ^gA letter from a country divine to his friend in London^g concerning the education of dissenters in their private acadaemies. This was the letter written privately by Wesley in the 1690s to a friend, probably Charles Goodall; it was now published by Robert Clavel. Wesley claimed that it was originally provoked by a meeting he attended in 1693, where dissenters expressed scurrilous hostility to the church and to the memory of Charles I. (It was probably not, as is usually claimed, a meeting of the so-called Calve's Head Club, whose reputation in any case may owe much to tory propaganda.) Samuel denied that he had authorized publication, though in a somewhat equivocal fashion. Publication was timed to reinforce the current attacks on dissenters and especially on their academies. A pamphlet war ensued over the next four years, yet in the midst of this, in 1705, Wesley actually proposed to offer to serve as a missionary overseas’ (Oxford DNB). The pamphlet also contains an interesting postscript where Wesley comments that Milton’s works - particularly the anti-monarchial tracts - were popular with the students at Charles Morton’s Academy at Newington Green, which he had attended between 1680 and 1683.
Dealer Notes
OCLC: 31694876.
Author [WESLEY, Samuel].
Date 1703
Binding in recent marbled wraps.
Publisher London: Printed for R. Clavel,
Condition 4to, pp. 15, [1]; with some damage to head and fore-edge of title with minor loss, and lightly browned in places, otherwise a good copy,

Price: £250.00

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