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 (WHARTON, Henry). A Treatise Of The Celibacy Of The Clergy, Wherein Its Rise And Progress Are Historically Considered.
London: Printed by H. Clark, for James Adamson..., 1688. First edition. 4to., recently rebound with a calf spine, marble boards, raised bands, leather spine label, (1), (1), (4), 168pp. Name on the titlepage, repair to initial imprimatur page otherwise fine.

Henry Wharton (1664-1695) was a deacon and prolific ecclesiastical historian. “In 1688 he made the acquaintance of the Archbishop of Canterbury, William Sancroft, under whose generous patronage some of his literary work was done. The arch-bishop, who had a very high opinion of Wharton's character and talents, made him one of his chaplains and presented him to the Kentish living of Sundridge, and afterward to that of Chartham in the same county. In 1689 he took the oath of allegiance to William and Mary, but he wrote a severe criticism of Bishop Burnet's History of the Reformation, and it was partly owing to the Bishop's hostility that he did not obtain further preferment in the English church. He died on the 5th of March, 1695, and was buried in Westminster Abbey. (Ency Britannica, 11th edition).

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