1817.056: Important Subjects for Consideration.

Published: 1817

Full Title: No. 1. Important subjects for consideration.

Author: -----

Place Issued: Alexandria

Issuing Press: Uncertain

Description: 6 pgs.; 22 cm. (8vo).


Only known copy held in the special collections of the University of Virginia. Title bears the imprint: "Published for the Prayer Book and Tract Society's [sic] for the Diocese of Virginia." Item is the first tract in a series planned by the Common Prayer Book and Tract Society of Virginia, formed at May 1816 convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church of Virginia, as stated in the caption title; so probably issued in late 1816 or early 1817; the UVA catalogue suggests the 1817 date, as reported here. The series numbering ends with No. 12 in 1820; numbers 2 through 7 are apparently non-extant. Imprint states: "All the Society's tracts may be procured at a low price, by application to the Rev. Messrs. Wilmer & Norris, Alexandria," so indicating its origin there. Wilmer was William H. Wilmer (1782-1827), the rector of St. Paul's Church in Alexandria, and later Bishop of the Virginia Diocese; as he regularly engaged Alexandria printers Benjamin L. Bogan, Samuel H. Davis, and Samuel Snowden, this title undoubtedly issued from one of their presses; but without other evidence, a clear attribution is impracticable. At the annual convention of the Virginia diocese in 1817, Wilmer reported that 5500 copies of this tract had been printed.

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