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NORWICH-PRINTED METHODISM

CAYLEY, Cornelius. A letter to the Rev. Mr. potter. In Answer to his sermon preach'd at Reymerston in Norfolk, against the People call'd methodists.

Norwich. Printed and sold by R. Davy, and at Mr. Gleed's, Bookseller, 1758. First edition.
8vo. 31pp, [1]. With proposals for printing (by subscription) a new edition of the same author's autobiography The Riches of God's Free Grace, dated Feb. 4, 1758, to verso of final leaf. Uncut, stitched as issued. Slightly dusty, else a fine copy. With ink inscriptions of both Ben and Thomas Spalding to margins of the verso of title, and recto of the second leaf.
A rare Norfolk-printed defence of Methodism by Cornelius Cayley, Junior (1727-79), Yorkshire-born English Methodist preacher and writer. This, the author's second published work, was composed in response to the published attack on Methodism by Robert Potter, Prebendary of Norwich, after he was informed that he could not preach and maintain his position as clerk at the Prince of Wales' treasury, where he had worked since the age of 19. Cayley had moved to Norwich in 1757 to work on his religious autobiography The Riches of God's Free Grace. The subscription edition of which, advertised to the verso of the final leaf of this work and 'propos'd to contain about 300 Pages: upon a good Paper and Letter', seems never to have reached the press.

ESTC locates only four copies in the UK (BL, Cambridge, Lambeth Palace and Wesley College), and just one further elsewhere (Duke).
ESTC T77748.
£ 350.00 Antiquates Ref: 19572