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HARE, Francis (1671--1740)
Frauds and abuses at St. Paul's. In a letter to a Member of Parliament.
London: printed in the year 1712.
[2], 42 p. ; 19.8 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. By Francis Hare. Also attributed to W. Hare, D.D. An attack on Sir Christopher Wren, the architect; Richard Jennings, master carpenter, accused of swindling the cathedral by underpaying workmen and keeping the balance; and others. Three equally anonymous pamphlets were published by John Morphew in the following year in defence of Jennings: An answer to ... Frauds and abuses at St. Paul's (q.v.) and Fact against scandal (q.v.), both attributed to the assistant surveyor Thomas Bateman, and An abstract of An answer ... (q.v.). Hare's response, A continuation of frauds and abuses (q.v.) then drew a Second part of fact against scandal from Bateman (q.v.). An account of the controversy is given in BAL 3909, and more fully in W.R. Matthews and W.M. Atkins, eds., A history of St. Paul's Cathedral (London 1957), pp. 204--207, and Jane Lang, Rebuilding St. Paul's after the Great Fire of London (London 1956), pp. 246--251. ESTC t27647; BAL, Early printed books, no. 3909.

Copy Notes Deckle edges. Bound first in a collection of six pamphlets concerning the controversy, with two additional items (q.v.; q.v.), both dated 1678, tipped in on guards at the end. Ink calculation on front free-endpaper (1820 watermark), in Soane's hand, reading 1.1 - / 2.6 / 3 - // 1.6.6 and 6 Tract / 1 Fol. / binding. An extended list of contents on the free-endpapers in ink detailing the nature of the respective six pamphlets bound together concludes with the note The above Six Pamphlets is the Controversy complete. The two additional items also listed in a later curatorial hand.

Binding C19th calf, blind triple-ruled borders with small floral corner ornaments in blind, gilt triple-ruled and blind-tooled spine, dark green spine-label gilt-lettered 'Pamphlets On St Pauls'. Later numbered '70' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 5468


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