1771.002: Sermon for the Benefit of the Poor Widows and Orphans of Clergymen (B).

Published: 1771

Full Title: A sermon preached at Williamsburg, May V. 1771, for the benefit of a fund to support the poor widows and orphans of clergymen in Virginia: by S. Henley, professor of moral philosophy, in William and Mary College.

Author: Henley, Samuel (1740-1815).

Place Issued: Williamsburg

Issuing Press: Purdie & Dixon

Description: 18 pgs.; 23 cm. (4to).


Two variants of this tract were issued in Williamsburg; the printer imprint seen in the first version (1771.001) – "Printed by W. Rind and sold by him and Messrs. Purdie and Dixon for the charity" – establishes that variant as a Rind production; the imprint herein – "Printed for Mess. Payne, Davies, Elmsly and Pearch in London, and Mr. Woodyer in Cambridge" suggests a second edition by Purdie & Dixon, who had a larger bookselling business as well as a direct connection to Rev. Samuel Davies, whose widow is mentioned. Evans recorded this variant (#12072), while Clayton-Torrence recorded the other one (#376), with both suggesting Rind as the uncredited producer.

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