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MacGOWAN, JOHN. Priestcraft Defended. A Sermon Occasioned by the Expulsion of Six Young Gentlemen from the University of Oxford, for Praying, Reading, and Expounding the Scriptures. Humbly dedicated to Mr. V__ C____r and the H__ds of H____s, By their humble Servant The Shaver. The Eleventh Edition Corrected and much Enlarged. To which is added A Further Defence of Priestcraft: Being a practical Improvement of the Shaver's Sermon. London: Printed for G. Keith, in Gracechurch-street; J. Johnson and J. Payne, in Pater-noster-row; and J. Gurney, at No. 54, in Hobourn. MDCCLXIX.  [Price One Shilling.] Octavo, 13 x 21.3cm.
Pamphlet bound in modern acid-free tan paper wrapper, frontispiece torn at inside edge--repaired with archival paper, large & small water stains through-out, dog-ears, library stamp on verso of title and bottom of p.51, accession number written in ink on title and bottom of p.51, light to medium foxing. "Tho. Harris" written in old pen at top of verso of frontispiece.
Collation: frontispiece leaf, A-E8, F4, G-H2, but lacking final blank H2. Pagination: frontispiece facing the title, (1) title, (1) blank, [iii]-viii preface, 9-44, (2) Hymn, (2) An Epitaph; (1) half-title: A Further Defence of Priestcraft..., (1) blank, 51-94pp. Last page includes an ad for two other books by "The Shaver." OCLC locates: Univ. Hawaii; Cornell Univ.; Emory Univ. (2); Duke Univ.; Brown Univ.; and in Australia Queen's Col. Libr. Online ESTC adds: Yale Univ. (2) and in England: Oxford Univ.; St. Deiniol's Library. There are many editions of this work first published in 1768. We offer the 11th edition which appears to be the first that has "A Further Defence of Priestcraft..."
John MacGowan (1726-1780) Scottish particular Baptist minister. "He was converted among the Wesleyan Methodists, and by them ordained to the ministry... he left the Methodists and untied with the Congregationalists; light continuing to increase upon him, he followed the Saviour in immersion. In July, 1767 he was ordained pastor of the Devonshire Square church, London. He continued in this office till his death."--Cathcart: Baptist Ency., p.730. "Macgowan was probably more effective with his pen than in the pulpit, certainly if the number of titles authored and the frequency of their reprinting be any criteria. He had a considerable following in America as well as in Britain, and his works were translated into Welsh and Gaelic."--Charlotte Fell-Smith, `Macgowan, John (1726-1780)', rev. J. H. Y. Briggs, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/17516, accessed 3 May 2013] In this work full of satire and irony, Macgowan mercilessly castigates Oxford University for expelling the six young men "for praying, reading, and expounding the Scriptures." Although listed in Green's bibliography of Anti-Methodist publications, the author is critical only of Oxford University & the Church of England. He does mention in his preface: "Concerning the Sermon I would have it observed, 1. That I pretend not to justify any part of the Methodists conduct, besides praying to God, reading, expounding the scriptures, and singing hymns, &c."
Title: Priestcraft Defended. A Sermon Occasioned by the Expulsion of Six You
Edition: 11th Edition
Binding: Modern Acid-free tan paper wrapper
Book Condition: frontispiece torn at inside edge--repaired with archival paper, large & small water stains through-out, dog-ears, library stamp on verso of title and bottom of p.51, accession number written in ink on title and bottom of p.51, light to medium foxing.
Size: Octavo, 13 x 21.3cm.
Weight: 2.00 Item
Book Number: 17649
Keywords: Anti-Methodist, 18th century Books, Baptists, Humor, Satires, Pamphlets--England, Methodism