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A Gospel-Engine, or streams of love & pity to quench and prevent new flames in England, being a petitionary letter to the most active London ministers, subscribers of the representation (by letter to the Lord General) or their vindication. Concerning their present actings in relation to the State, and their too frequent sowing tares of dissention for a Third War, without any other cause then [sic] their own exorbitant interests, viz: for domination. Munday [sic], March 5. 1649. Presented to them at their houses, by a friend who cordially wisheth the Kingdoms and their welfare, as his own. The particular men, presented to, are named in the next page.
London, printed (to save transcribing) for R.H. 1649. 4to., 11 + (1)pp., a good, crisp, copy in fairly modern maroon half morocco and recent endpapers. First edition: variant. Thomason I, p.727. Wing H768. Uncommon. Harford addresses his essay to 27 named 'ministers', here clearly identified with the name of the London church to which each was attached. One of them was Thomas Cawton the elder (1605-1659) of St. Bartholomew at the Exchange, 'now in prison'. Cawton was a notable royalist who had opposed the King's execution and was imprisoned from February to August 1649 for praying for 'King Charles II'. He was involved in the projected rising of 1651, fled to Holland, and was appointed minister of an English congregation in Rotterdam. * The author actually signs himself 'Rapha Harford'.
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