SACHEVERELL, Dr. Henry (1674-1724). Collections of Passages Referr'd to by Dr. Henry Sacheverell in his Answer to the Articles of his Impeachment. London: Printed for Henry Clements at the Half-Moon in St. paul's church-Yard, 1710.
Folio (12 6/8 x 8 inches). Half-title. 28-pages, numbered 1-24 (disbound).
Dr. Henry Sacheverell was the Church of England clergyman and religious controversialist, whose incendiary sermon "The Perils of False Brethren", had reignited controversy over the legitimacy of the revolution of 1689. "A sermon given to the lord mayor, aldermen, and council of London in St Paul's Church on 5 November 1709 was considered too subversive to be ignored. Such sermons normally took the opportunity to compare the Gunpowder Plot with the landing of William of Orange on 5 November 1688 as ‘a double deliverance’ from popery. Instead Sacheverell compared the plot not with the revolution of 1688 but with 30 January 1649, the day on which Charles I was executed; both were: indelible monuments of the irreconcilable rage and bloodthirstiness of both the popish and fanatick enemies of our Church and Government … These TWO DAYS indeed are but one united proof and visible testimonial of the same dangerous and rebellious principles these confederates in iniquity maintain. (Sacheverell, The Perils of False Brethren, 1974, 3). He thus turned the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot into an attack upon Catholics and dissenters" (W. A. Speck for DNB). ESTC T79. Catalogued by Kate Hunter