The History and Adventures of Ben the Soldier, with an Account of his happy Marriage, after the Fatigues and Dangers of War.

London, J. Evans & Son, F. Collins, and J. Nisbet, [c. 1815].

12mo, pp. 8; woodcut illustration to title; a few spots; a very good copy in recent wrappers.

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Scarce moral tale of a soldier returned to Christianity in the Napoleonic Wars. Printed in many undated editions and subsequently reissued by the Religious Tract Society, The History and Adventures of Ben the Soldier tells of Ben Gracious who, forced into the army, loses his Christian morals before regaining them in battle against the French. On his return he is rewarded with employment, a wife, and ‘a fine chubby boy’; another soldier, who ‘“imbibed the horrid sentiments of Tom Paine”’ and rejected religion, is killed as he repents.

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