Item #21237 An Answer to Fools and a Word to the Wise, Addressed to the Reverend Maria de Fleury, John Ryland and Co. Coal Heaver Prophet, William Huntington.
An Answer to Fools and a Word to the Wise, Addressed to the Reverend Maria de Fleury, John Ryland and Co.

An Answer to Fools and a Word to the Wise, Addressed to the Reverend Maria de Fleury, John Ryland and Co.

London: Printed for G. Terry, Bookseller [et al.] . . . Sold also, at Providence Chapel; at Monkwell Street Meeting, every Tuesday Evening; and at Horsleydown, every Thursday Evening, 1792. First edition. 8vo, recent boards with covered with older white paper stock, 103 pages. Some light foxing and toning; in very good condition. Item #21237

“Maria has labored hard, I believe, almost five years, against my licentious life and doctrines, and without proving one just charge against me of immorality; and, on the other hand, she has not produced one person to bear witness, before the churches, of any one good work—either work of the Law, work of faith, or work of the hands—that ever she performed, but one; and that was cooking the *calf’s-head,* the night that the synod was convened against me, and she threw that into the ashes. . . . It was deemed no less than a *miracle* that Maria was not drowned in the pottage-pot; but some of the opposite party view it as a bad *omen* to them, that their councils and their religious profession would as surely fall to the ground, as the Calf’s-head fell into the ashes.” A characteristic controversial tract from the coalheaver prophet, offered for sale at the venues where he preached, a point-by-point ad mulierem attack against Baptist Maria de Fleury (and by extension her intimate friend John Ryland). See the DNB for a summary of Huntington’s eccentric career. Contemporary ink autograph addition to the imprint, “and [sold] by T. Barston, Granthorn, Linc’re.”.

Price: $250.00