Letters to the Rev. Dr. Priestley, of Leeds, in Defence of An Appeal to the Common Sense of plain and common Christians, in Behalf of the Old Christianity of the Gospel, and in Defence of the Author.

  • Morgan, Thomas
  • Leeds: Printed by G. Wright 1772
  • ESTC T45659.


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FIRST EDITION, 8vo, pp. 28. Disbound. Outer leaves slightly soiled. Pencilled shelfmark to head of title-page.


A scarce pamphlet by Thomas Morgan (1719-1799), a Welsh Presbyterian preacher who settled in Morley, near Leeds, in his middle age. He takes issue with Joseph Priestley - a frequent fighter of pamphlet wars - who had argued that reason should be applied to scripture, and attacks him for diminishing Christ. He also is concerned with Priestley's conduct in the argument, with much modern resonance: 'I neither named you, nor referred to any of your writings... and yet you must make free with my real name, in a the publick news paper, while you conceal your own under a masque' (p. 3). ESTC locates copies in half a dozen UK locations plus 3 in the USA.

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