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GURNEY, William (fl. 1803)
A sermon preached on the day appointed by His Majesty for a general fast, at the parish church of Saint Giles in the Fields, London, Oct. 19, 1803, before The Saint Giles and Saint George Bloomsbury Volunteer Association. By the Rev. W. Gurney, ... Together with an account of the ceremony of the consecration of the colours, and the speech of Lieutenant Colonel Sir John Nicoll on that occasion. Published at the request of the committee.
London: printed by Cox, Son, and Baylis, and sold by J. Hatchard, bookseller to Her Majesty, October 1803.
31, [1] p. ; 20.8 cm. (8°)

The Volunteer Association or 'corps' was formed in reaction to the threat of Napoleonic invasion and in response to the unrest in Ireland. Soane was chairman of the association at the meeting on 25 October resolving to ask Gurney to allow the sermon to be printed (p. [7]). See A. Gee, The British Volunteer Movement 1794-1814 (Oxford: Clarendon, 2003), Chapter 6: 'The Public Face of Volunteering'.

Copy Notes Bound (2) in a collection of miscellaneous pamphlets.

Binding C19th blue paper boards, brown paper spine lettered in ink 'Miscell:/ Pamphlets// Ramsay's/ Lectures// Keate's/ Observations// C/ Management/ of Houses of/ Correction. &c./ D'. Later numbered '88' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 4146


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