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Letter from Richard Hurd [Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry 1775, Worcester 1781] to William Warburton (1698-1779) [Bishop of Gloucester 1760], 22 Jan. 1757

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8812/33

Scope and Contents

The only purpose of his little quotation was 'to gratify my own spleen'; the shield shall pass as his property; Warbuton's short dialogue transcribed from Shirley is incomparable - it will make a fine conclusion to his note; a 'hypercrital emendation' is 'taking an extravagant liberty with the text'; pleased with Warburton's objection to his main principle, and answer; he is proud to be allowed to copy Warburton's papers; he quarrels with Warburton 'for saying one word of your upbraiders'; knows the reason for Warburton's former distaste of Mr P[ope?]: not only his connexions with some whom Warburton disliked, but his abuse of one whom Warburton loved; but they came to like each other; Hurd hopes to possess all that Warburton has written; glad Warburton is working on the third volume of his 'Legation (Divine legation of Moses demonstrated', 1st part 1737, 2nd part 1741, 3rd part never completed); he must complete it, to throw light on religion; the discourse on similar rites and customs is of great importance; he believes Warburton's declaration that he will 'never wittingly advance one falsehood, or conceal or disguise one truth'


  • Creation: 22 Jan. 1757


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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The letter, prepared for publication, has one paragraph and two lines scratched out

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased at Christies' Houghton sale, 1979


Published in [R. Hurd], 'Letters from a late eminent prelate to one of his friends', Kidderminster, [1808], letter XCVII, pp.168-171

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