THE BEGGARLY BOY. Henry Thornton, attributed, Attributed.


A parable. To which is added a new history of a true book. Sunday Reading. Pp. 23+[1](advertisement), woodcut illustration on title page; post 12mo; self wrappers, sewn, the backstrip splitting and slightly chipped; small piece lacking from bottom fore-corner pp. 3/4, tiny split to fore-edge pp. 19/20 a little light foxing and soiling; sold by William Watson, No. 7, Capel-Street, Dublin, n.d.[between 1805-1818?]. See ESTC T48879. *The Cheap Repository Tracts were a series of about 200 moral, religious and occasionally political tracts intended to educate the literate poor. They were initiated by Hannah More (and continued by others) from early 1795 until 1817, with numerous re-issues until about the 1830s. Individual tracts went through several editions involving different printers and distributors, who were described as 'Booksellers, Chapmen and Hawkers in Town and Country'. Hannah More wrote many of the titles herself, but The beggarly boy is generally attributed to her friend Henry Thornton (attribution based on evidence from entries in his diary for 1795). It was first published in London, in 1795. The present copy is undated, and the date has been estimated from internal evidence and trading dates of the printers. William Watson senior, who died in 1805 and his son (also William, who died in 1818), both printed Cheap Repository Tracts, as did Watson junior's widow, Ann, during the 1820s. Hannah More (1745-1833) was an influential religious writer, educator and philanthropist. Both she and Henry Thornton campaigned against the slave trade. Thornton was a close friend and cousin of William Wilberforce, and one of the founders of the Clapham Sect of evangelical reformers. Item #147184

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