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Lot 623
KEN (THOMAS)

Sold for £ 360 (US$ 480) inc. premium
KEN (THOMAS)
Autograph letter signed (“Tho: B&W”), as Bishop of Bath and Wells, “ffor the worthy Mr White, to be left with Mr Brome Bookeseller at the Gun at the west end of St Pauls”, thanking him for sending “the two very valuable Dialogues” (“...[I] persuade my selfe, that you will have reason to give God thankes, for the happy successe they will have, in triummphing over such dangerous errours...”) and assuring him that “no One is more sensible then my selfe, of the talent which God has given you”, subscribing himself as his very affectionate friend; eighteenth-century pencil inscription (inked over) “Bp Ken of Bath & Wells to Mr Cha Leslie by the Name of White when he absconded”, one page, small folio, integral address leaf, postmarked (12 April), small panel restored, light dust-staining, 10 April [no year]

Footnotes

  • Ken has headed this letter "All Glory be to God", words which find an echo in his great hymn, 'Glory to Thee, my God, this night'. Charles Brome, who provided his correspondent with a holding address, was publisher of Ken's Prayer for the Use of all Resorting to the Bath at Bath (1692) as well as of Charles Leslie's attack on the Quakers, The Snake in the Grass (1698), although it is by no means certain that Leslie is the pseudonymous recipient of this letter.
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