HOADLY, Benjamin (1676–1761). Serious Advice to the Good People of England

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HOADLY, Benjamin (1676–1761). Serious Advice to the Good People of England: shewing them their True Interest, and their True Friends. London: Sold by A. Baldwin, in Warwick-Lane, 1710.


Folio (12 4/8 x 8 inches). 2-leaves, printed on each side (disbound, edges a bit frayed).

"Put not your selves under the Banner of Roman-Catholicks, and Jacobites: and fight not their Cause against your best Friends; nay, against your own Lives, and Rights, and Properties. Act like Men that have your Eyes open: and suffer not the Madness, and Passions of others to drive you to such methods as must end in the Destruction of your Estates, your Bodies, and your Souls"

During the middle years of Queen Anne's reign, Hoadly became a national figure, widely seen as the low-church counterpart to Dr. Henry Sacheverell (1674-1724), Church of England clergyman and religious controversialist, whose incendiary sermon "The Perils of False Brethren", had reignited controversy over the legitimacy of the revolution of 1689. "With his high-flying antagonist he was one of the first clergy to be the subject of satirical prints; throughout 1710 he was portrayed as the representative of ‘moderation’, latitudinarianism, and heterodoxy, and he was depicted in one print with ‘Asses Ears and two Horns, with a Couple of Wings’ (Remarks, 2.20). In the Tory celebrations following the Sacheverell trial and at the elections later in 1710 he was burned in effigy at Oxford, and his books were consigned to the flames in places such as Exeter, Hereford, and Sherborne... The Commons' resolution in favour of Hoadly was a calculated criticism of the queen's religious policy; Blackall's sermon, against which Hoadly had written, had after all been preached before the queen and published at her request. Unsurprisingly the Commons' request was ignored, but on 13 February 1710 Elizabeth Howland, ‘unasked, unapplied to’ (Works, 3.622), presented Hoadly to the rectory of Streatham, and at the same time her grandson the duke of Bedford made him a domestic chaplain, qualifying him to hold the living in plurality with St Peter-le-Poer. Hoadly then threw himself into the 1710 election campaign, writing a series of pamphlets in support of the whig cause. In the aftermath of defeat he attacked high-church attempts to use convocation to condemn the heterodox views of William Whiston but in general he was less active as a pamphleteer, contributing only the occasional sermon to the struggle against the principles of toryism in Anne's last years" (Stephen Taylor for DNB). ESTC T5956. Catalogued by Kate Hunter