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A letter addressed to the inhabitants of Warwick,

FIELD, William, A letter addressed to the inhabitants of Warwick, in answer to several charges of a very extraordinary kind, advanced against the Dissenters assembling at the chapel in High-Street; by the Rev. Mr. Miller, Vicar of St. Nicholas. Birmingham, printed and sold by J. Thompson; sold also by J. Johnson, London, 1791.

8vo., 31 + (1)pp., well bound in modern cloth-backed marbled boards, spine gilt lettered. A very good copy. First edition: uncommon. [bound with], MILLER, R. AND LAUGHARNE, H. Remarks upon a letter to the printer of the Birmingham Gazette, dated October 14, 1791, and also upon a Letter addressed to the inhabitants of Warwick, dated August 8, 1791, by William Field, Minister of the Dissenting Congregation assembling in the High-Street, Warwick. Warwick: printed by J. Sharp, and sold by Messrs. Rivingtons. London. [1791]. 8vo., 24pp., minor soiling, fox mark on title-page. First edition. Scarce. ESTC finds copies at 7 UK libraries but none elsewhere. [bound with], FIELD, William A second letter addressed to the inhabitants of Warwick, in reply to the Remarks upon the first letter, and upon A Letter to the Printer of the Birmingham Gazette. By the Rev. the Vicar and the Curate of St. Nicholas. ..... To which is added, a copy of a Letter to the Printer of the Birmingham Gazette. Birmingham, printed by J. Thompson; and sold by J. Johnson. London, 1791. 8vo., 52pp. (complete but several leaves misbound).

A coherent group of related pamphlets on a dispute that had arisen because the Anglican Vicar (Rev. Miller) and the Curate (Rev. H. Laugharne) of St. Nicholas Church Warwick had reason to believe that schoolchildren were being attracted away from the established Church of England to attend the Sunday schools of the Dissenting Church run by William Field. "But Mr Miller charges the Dissenters, not only with taking an unfair advantage in the first institution of their school, but also with using unjust means in supporting it. The children, says he, are offered bribes to come to their school, in preference to that of the church, They are told of "money" that will be given them; of "cloathing" that will be offered them; of "dinners" that will be, sometimes, provided for them. These are the little arts, says Mr. Miller, by which the Dissenters contrive to support the credit of their school." [Letter, p.10].