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A Collection of Four Sermons Preached before the Marine Society at St. Andrew's Church, 1774, 1778, 1778, and 1779
London, 1777-1779. 12mo. (iv), 36; (iv), 62; (iv), 23; (1)-33, (1) pp. The first two sermons - by Glasse - sketch out the mission of the Society, and list receipts and disbursements, and the various constituencies served by the Society's charity. These include such items as, “Distresst boys fitted out and sent to sea as servants,” and the “sons of poor widows.” Those children likely to be sent to sea included “Orphans lurking about the streets... Vagabonds, the major part of them overwhelmed with Filth and Rags... Forsaken poor Boys, from the Country.” Donations were received from the East India Company and a lengthy list of subscribers including the likes of George Pococke and Jonas Hanway, not to mention “His Royal Highness the Nabob of the Carnatic.” The third sermon, by Kaye, lauds the Marine Society and its charitable aims, and the fourth sermon, by Markham, gives a list of members and subscriptions. All these sermons are quite scarce, with no copies being held outside the UK. VG, bound in period full calf with spine label.
      [Bookseller: Ten Pound Island Book Co.]
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