• Sale 2622

    Important Books, Atlases and Manuscripts: The Private Library of Kenneth Nebenzahl

    10 April 2012, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 153

    [WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799)]. -- WHITE, John (1575-1648). The First Century of Scandalous, Malignant Priests, Made and admitted into Benefices by the Prelates, in whose hands the Ordination of Ministers and government of the Church hath been. London: George Miller, 1643.

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    [WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799)]. -- WHITE, John (1575-1648). The First Century of Scandalous, Malignant Priests, Made and admitted into Benefices by the Prelates, in whose hands the Ordination of Ministers and government of the Church hath been. London: George Miller, 1643.

    4o (178 x 135 mm). (Some pale browning, closely trimmed shaving a few catchwords and signature marks.) 18th-century blind-tooled calf (some light wear at extremities). Provenance: armorial bookplate with motto "Anchora Tutissima Virtus"; Ford, Trinity College, Oxford (inscription dated 1815 in verso of front free endpaper, manuscript list of place names on flyleaf).

    FIRST EDITION (one of two of the same date). A remarkable register of 100 ministers removed from their livings by order of the Puritan Parliament for various offenses: speaking treasonously about Parliament, joining the Cavaliers, refusing to administer the Sacrament and other doctrinal irregularities, publishing tracts without license, sequestering Catholics, failing to observe the Sabbath, intemperance, fornication, cursing, gambling and even bestiality. Number 9, on page 4, describes George Washington's great-great grandfather: "The benefice of Lawrence Washington, Rector of Purleigh in the County of Essex, is sequestered, for that he is a common frequenter of Ale-houses, not only himself sitting daily, tippling there but also encouraging others in that beastly vice, and hath been oft drunk, and hath said that the Parliement have more Papists belonging to them in their Armies than the King had about him or in his Army, and that the Parliements Army did more hurt than the Cavaleers, and that they did none at all And hath published them to be Traitours, that lend to or assist the Parliament."

    The Reverend Lawrence Washington was born at Sulgrove Manor, Northhampton, England in 1601; was a fellow of Brasnose College, Oxford, and rector of Purleigh in Essex in 1633. During the English Civil War, he was removed from his living by Parliament, as recorded here. He died in 1652/53 at age 51. He and his wife Amphillis Twigden had a son, John (1633-1677), who emigrated to Virginia in 1658; his eldest son Lawrence, born in 1659, was the first American-born Washington and grandfather of George Washington. Wing W-1771E.


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