The Farmer's Night-Cap; Or, The Parson's Pocket Companion: Being...
A Rare Guide to the Penal Laws for Clergymen [Great Britain]. The Farmer's Night-Cap; Or, The Parson's Pocket Companion. Being Remarks Upon the Penal Laws Affecting the Clergy, And Particularly in Respect to Non-Residence and Simony, With Adjudged Cases. London: Printed for G. Wilkie, 1783. -39,  pp. Lacking half-title. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet. Light toning, leaves starting to separate at head but secure, light soiling to exterior, light foxing to a few leaves, small holes to gutter of title page not affecting text. $450. * Only edition. A layman's guide to the penal laws affecting the clergy with detailed summaries of adjudged cases relating to non-residence, simony, and "neglecting to read the Statute against Profane Swearing" enacted in 1746. It concludes with a reminder to "remember the marriage act" (presumably the Marriage Act of 1743), which it criticizes, and a discussion of the Douglas Cause, a sensational 1767 inheritance case. It is rare. OCLC locates 2 copies (British Library, National Library of Scotland). We located additional copies at Oxford and the University of Sasketchewan. English Short-Title Catalogue T9709.
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