8vo., pp. , 143, , with half-title (corner defective), engraved frontispiece of a raucous Presbyterian sermon; generally soiled, some headlines shaved; modern quarter calf.
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First edition of a vehement anti-Presbyterian tract. The text comprises extracts from the work of contemporary Dissenting writers and politicians followed by Lewis’s own ‘Remarks’: ‘What vile Punning and Jingle is here, what a clutter about Melting and Ramming, and Firing, and Dismounting? Figures of speech so low and Unscholarlike, that the Dignity of the Commons, I believe, was never so prostituted …’
Lewis was a high-churchman of such severity that few parties escaped his censure. From 1717 he ran the polemical periodical The Scourge, for which the Whig government charged him with sedition and forced him into hiding. He attacked Toland in his Tetradymus (1720), and courted further controversy when he argued against the practice of burial in churches and churchyards, as endangering public health (Oxford DNB).
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