Manuscript Volume containing the text of 15 Sermons preached in Wiltshire.


8vo., 203 pages, (approx 50,000 words), written throughout in one neat hand, bound in half black morocco, now worn with most of backstrip absent.


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A Collection of 15 long Non Conformist sermons preached by a variety of Preachers collected and written in one hand, possibly that of Pinniger. The first Sermon “On the Word of God” starts “My Brethren….” and signed at end “Mr Morgan on behalf of the Society for instructing the Irish” (35pages). Other Sermons are noted in pencil as preached by “Phipps, Horlock or Cockle”, another is “Preached by the Rev. B. Elliot on behalf of the London Missionary Society at Averbury”, another “Promotion of Xry (sic) amongst Jews by the Rev. Ayerst. Missionary from Berlin”, and finally “On a recent occurrence at Swindon”. Of particular interest is the Elliot sermon. Elliot was a particularly popular preacher operating in the environs of Devizes and notice of his passing was posted in The Gentleman’s Magazine (Vol. 58, Part 2, p. 1184), appended with the note: “When he quitted the Church of England we have not learned.” Elliot was an anti-slavery campaigner and one of the two prominent charismatic preachers (the other being Robert Sloper) noted by Pevsner as being attached to the Congregationalist Chapel of St. Mary’s in Devizes. Elliot in fact succeeded Sloper at St. Mary’s and is reputed to have done more than any other single individual to raise the profile of Congregationalism & its attendant interests, including anti-slavery and the London Missionary Society, in the county. The Avebury sermon was most likely to have been delivered at the Avebury Congregational Chapel. We think it highly probable that the compiler of this volume, J.F. Pinniger, was associated with, or related to, the company Robbins, Lane & Pinniger which owned much of the village of Woodborough in the Vale of Pewsey, a short distance from Avebury, at this time when it was responsible for building barges for use on the Kennet & Avon Canal.