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GISBORNE, Thomas.
Poems, Sacred and Moral.

Description:
pp. viii, 118, (ii). With a half-title and a final leaf containing a note and advertisements. Contemporary speckled calf, spine gilt, marbled end-papers, book-label of SUSANNAH MARIA GAGE, some rubbing of spine edges, else a very good copy.

*ESTC T84562 - SUSANNAH MARIA GAGE, the only daughter of Colonel William Skinner, married 2 January 1789 to Henry Gage, born 4 March 1761, deceased 29 January 1808 - London, England. THOMAS GISBORNE (1758-1846) cleric and poet, a member of the Clapham Sect - this was a network of prominent and wealthy evangelical Anglicans who shared common political goals concerning the liberation of slaves, the abolition of the slave trade and the reform of the penal system. It was founded by the Reverend John Newton, the name originating from those attending Holy Trinity Church on Clapham Common, an area south-west of London. Wilberforce and Thornton, two of the group's most influential leaders, resided nearby and many of the meetings were held in their houses. The group published a journal, the Christian Observer, edited by Zachary Macaulay and were also credited with the foundation of several missionary and tract societies, including the British and Foreign Bible Society and the Church Missionary Society. They founded Freetown in Sierra Leone, the first major British colony in Africa, whose purpose in Thomas Clarkson's words was "the abolition of the slave trade, the civilisation of Africa, and the introduction of the gospel there".

T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies. London.

Date Published: 1798. First edition. 8vo.

Stock No. 61851

Price: 135.00

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