The commemoration of national deliverances, and the dawning day: two sermons, preached November 5th and 17th, 1792, at How’s-Lane chapel, Plymouth.

London, Printed for Wm. Winterbotham, 1794.

8vo, pp. [ii], viii, 60, [8] advertisements; largely clean and fresh throughout; in recent red cloth-backed marbled boards, printed paper label on spine.

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First edition of the two sermons that resulted in the Baptist minister William Winterbotham’s imprisonment for sedition, preached in Plymouth in 1792. The first, a commemoration both of the Gunpowder Plot and of the Glorious Revolution, was perceived as being rather too enthusiastic about the other revolution in progress across the channel, and the second, preached a couple of weeks later, did little to calm the doubters. Found guilty of sedition at Exeter in July 1793, Winterbotham was sentenced to two years imprisonment. These were not, however, wasted: while in Newgate, he composed one of the most comprehensive early surveys of the United States, An historical, geographical, commercial, and philosophical view of the American United States (4 volumes, 1795), as well as a similar but less extensive work on China.

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