Murders: True Examples of the Interposition of Providence, In the...
"Sooner or Later All Sin Comes to Light" [Cheap Repository Tracts]. Fielding, Henry [1707-1754]. [More, Hannah (1745-1833)]. Murders. True Examples of the Interposition of Providence, In the Discovery and Punishment of Murder [Drop-Head Title]. At head of drop-head title: Cheap Repository. [London]: Sold by J. Marshall; Bath: Sold by S. Hazard, . 12 pp. Woodcut illustration to title page. 12mo. (6-1/4" x 3-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet, thread lacking. Moderate toning, light soiling and small spots in a few places. $200. * Later edition. The Cheap Repository Tracts, issued from 1795-1817, were devised by More as an educational alternative to the sensational broadside and chapbook publications popular among the literate poor. Our tract is an abridgment of Fielding's Examples of the Interposition of Providence in the Detection and Punishment of Murder (1752), a short collection of anecdotes describing recent apprehensions of murderers with a religious theme. The work originally appeared in response to what many perceived as a notable increase in London murders; its publication was concurrent with the Murder Act of 1752, which introduced anatomization in the hopes that it would prove a deterrent. The Cheap Repository abridgment was issued individually until 1797 and also appeared in yearly collections. The abridgment of Fielding's text is followed by an eight-stanza verse titled "A Prayer to God, that our National Crimes, may not bring down National Punishments." English Short-Title Catalogue T160505.
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