London: printed by T.H. for Charles Harper, at the Flower-de-Luce, over-against St. Dunstan's Church in Fleet-street, 1710. Disbound. Good binding. Item #4877
Octavo. , 22 pp. First appearance of a sermon preached on the anniversary of the execution of Charles I of England. William, Lord Bishop of St. Asaph bemoans the challenge of preaching on this anniversary: “Talk of Duty, Honour, and Obedience of the Subjects to the Prince, and you are thought, by some, to preach away the Peoples Liberties, and make them Slaves; Talk of the Peoples Liberties, and you are opening, presently, a Door to Mutiny, Disloyalty, and flat Rebellion, with some Others” (p. 20). He comes to the conclusion that it is the place of the preacher to walk a very tenuous path; to coax the subjects into submission to duty and gratitude for the blessings of good governance “without incurring the odious Brand, of Stirring up Sedition and Rebellion...” (p. 21). The final leaf is set in a smaller font to squeeze in the final portion of the sermon. ESTC T17691.