"Tithes Too Hot to be Touched" Spelman, Sir Henry [1564?-1641]. The Larger Treatise Concerning Tithes, Long Since Written and Promised by Sir Hen: Spelman Knight. Together with Some Other Tracts of the Same Authour, And a Fragment of Sir Francis Bigot Knight, All Touching the Same Subject. Whereto is Annexed, An Answer to a Question of a Gentleman of Quality, Made by a Reverend and Learned Divine Living in London, Concerning the Settlement or Abolition of Tithes by the Parliament, Which Caused Him to Doubt How to Dispose of His Son, Whom he Had Designed for the Ministery. Wherein also are Comprised, Some Animadversions Upon a Late Little Pamphlet Called, The Countries Plea Against Tithes: Discovering the Ignorant Mistakings of the Authours of it Touching the Maintenance of the Ministery by Such Means: As Also, Upon the Kentish Petition. Published by Jer: Stephens B.D. According to the Appointment and Trust of the Author. London: Printed by M.F. for Philemon Stephens, 1647. [xl], 60, 67-114, 113-136, 139-189, , 27, , 27 pp. Final two sections, An Answer to a Question of a Gentleman of Quality, caption title, has separate pagination, An Apology of the Treatise De non Temerandis Ecclesiis, has separate title page dated 1646 and is unpaginated. Pagination irregular, text complete. Quarto (7-1/4" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary speckled sheep, blind rules to boards, blind fillets, small early paper shelf label and fragment of small early paper title label to spine. A few minor ink spots to boards, small worm tracks to rear board and foot of spine, corners bumped and lightly worn, hinges cracked, rear free endpaper lacking, early armorial bookplate and shelf number to front pastedown. Moderate toning to interior, annotations in early hand to front free endpaper, title page, and a few other leaves. $250. * A reissue of the 1646 work, Tithes Too Hot to be Touched (with cancel title page and cancelled Signature A). The payment of tithes to the Church of England was one of the polarizing issues of Civil-War era England because it provided support to a state church under Royal direction. Spelman sought a middle course. He makes his point with a review of controversial (or "hot") types of tithes. He defends tithes in general but vilifies men who use them to support "prophane uses" while leaving "parishioners uncertainly.
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