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A cloud of witnesses; or, The sufferers mirrour - Mall, Thomas - 1686. 
[bound with] Bates, William. A short character of that Excellent Divine Mr. David Clarkson, who departed this life the 14th of June, 1686. [London? : s.n., ca 1686]. 8vo. 13,  pp. Collection of death speeches or "swan-songs" from Christian martyrs because "they are useful to shame us: They are also useful to prepare us to die, especially a violent death." Arranged alphabetically, the work only goes through the letter "H" and contains stories, varying in length from a short paragraph to several pages, of martyrs from many areas of Europe. The title-page is printed in red and black.Following the work is a biographical sketch of nonconformist clergyman and writer David Clarkson by dissenter William Bates (1625-99). => A mourning border surrounds the title-page of this work, which also offers a skull and crossbones woodcut device. Searches of WorldCat and NUC reveal only one copy of the Bates in the United States, at Duke University; there are several more of the Cloud but not many. Provenance: Ink signature of the Rev. C. Bedford of Denton; later in the library of the Pacific School of Religion.
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