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PAMPHLET LITERATURE OF LIVERPOOL.
By Thomas Dawson Esq., M.R.C.S.
(READ 4TH FEBRUARY, 10TH MARCH AND 3RD NOVEMBER, 1864).
HAVING, for several years, been a collector of books and pamphlets printed or published in, or peculiarly relating to, Liverpool, I had intended presenting to the Historic Society a catalogue of books and pamphlets united, under the names of their authors, in alphabetical order. In this, however, I have been partially anticipated by Mr. Mott, who has published in our Transactions a catalogue of books published in Liverpool. It has been thus left to me to grapple with the more arduous task of cataloguing the pamphlets, which, for uniformity, I propose arranging in the same chronological order and to the same date-1850.
The papers read to the Society, and intended to form a preface to this catalogue, cannot possibly be printed for want of space, the list having extended far beyond the ordinary limits of a single paper. The difficulty of getting together these little links, which, united, form such a strong bond of union with the past, is very great;—they are scattered about in unaccountable places, and for the most part neglected and forgotten. The present catalogue is very far from exhaustive, being little more than a list of local pamphlets which, by quiet perseverance, I have been able to gather together for my own library.
About the year 1700 a printing press appears to have been first established in Liverpool, under the management of Samuel Terry, in Dale Street; he must have had a good business, being possessed of Greek type and able to commence a newspaper. How long he had been settled in the town pursuing this trade is unknown; the earliest specimen I can find of his work is a pamphlet printed in 1710, for Joseph Eaton. From this date I commence my catalogue. It is amusing to have it on record, that so' recently as in the year 1647 two dictionaries were ordered for the parish school, with the injunction that they be chained to the desk or walla striking proof of the rarity of books in Liverpool at that period.
As a pamphlet is generally an essay or treatise on some subject of temporary interest, we shall find, in looking through the present collection, that many of these bear upon the more important events in the history of the town and illustrate those rapid but gigantic strides which so suddenly carried Liverpool to her present eminence among the great commercial cities of the world. It must not be forgotten that the pioneers of her greatness rose from the ranks and had to keep pace with the enormous growth of commerce ; had therefore abundant other calls on their attention and but slight qualifications for literary work. Yet, notwithstanding these drawbacks, the period of a hundred and fifty years embraced in my catalogue is not entirely barren of productions whose interest is enhanced by their literary merit. Of their special interest to the members of a Society engaged in reclaiming from oblivion whatever conduces to a clearer apprehension of the past a glance at the titles here recorded will afford ample proof; and, in dismissing the present imperfect compilation, I cannot refrain from expressing the hope that the Society may succeed in obtaining from other sources the means of rendering it more nearly complete.
1710. A Sermon preached at the Assizes, held at Lancaster, August
27th, 1710. By Henry Richmond, Rector of Leverpoole.
Pr. for J. E., and sold by Joseph Eaton. 1714. A Sermon preached on the occasion of the Death of Her late
Majesty, Queen Anne of Glorious Memory, in the Parochial Church of St. Peter, in Leverpoole, on Sunday, the 5th of September, 1714. By Henry Richmond, Rector of
Pr. S. Terry for Anne Eaton. 1719. A Sermon preached before the Right Honourable Mr. Justice
Powe and Mr. Baron Price at the Assizes, held at Lancaster,
1719. By Henry Richmond, Co-Rector of the Parish Church
of meaner People. Price 2d.
moting the Charity School, lately erected in that place. By
Rev. Robert Horrobin, Curate of Warrington.
Pr. Samuel Terry, in Dale Street. 1722. Wolstenholme's Charity Sermon in Liverpool.
Pr. Liverpool. 1734. Liverpool Poll Book. Candidates—T. Bootle, F. Cunliffe,
T. Brereton, R. Geldard. 1738. Sermon at St. Peter's, for the Blue Coat Hospital. By N.
Hartwell. 1740. Short Account of a Course of Philosophy and Astronomy. By
J. Arden, Teacher of the Mathematics in Derby.
Pr. J. Sadler. 1745. Wolstenholme's Sermon on Rebellion of 1745.
Pr. in Liverpool.
1748. An Act for Cleansing and Enlightening the Streets of the Town
of Liverpool, and for keeping and maintaining a Nightly
Watch. 1750. A Sermon preached in the Old Church, at Liverpool, for the
Publick Infirmary. By John Stanley, M.A. Also contains
the Auditor's Report from March, 1749, to March, 1750.
Pr. John Sadler. 1751. Sermon at St. George's, for the Blue Coat Hospital. By J.
Council, and to the Whole Community of the Town of
Liverpool. Water Question. 1753. A Letter to a Priest of the Church of Rome, on the Subject of
Esq., LL.D. By Rev. T. Hunter, Vicar of Garstang, in
Pr. John Sadler. 1754. Poll Book ; Candidates :-Hardman, Salusbury, Lloyd. 1757. A Table showing by inspection, what sum must be insured to
cover any principal either for Self or on Commission, at any
Premium from 1 to 30 per cent., either Pounds or Guineas.
Pr. J. Sadler. 1757 to 1759. Ten Pamphlets, bound, small Quarto, concerning Alder
man Joseph Clegg—to the Worshipful Mayor and the Common Council of the Corporation of Liverpool. Some
printed in Manchester. 1758. Sermon on the Death of Samuel Hunter, Jun., Mariner. The
Love of God. By John Johnson.
Pr. E. Owen. 1761. An Account of the Extraordinary Medical Fluid called Æther.
By Matthew Turner, Surgeon, in Liverpool.
Sir Ellis Cunliffe, Charles Pole. 1763. A Dessertation upon the Subject of Circumcision, &c. By John
Brakell of Liverpool.
1765. Reasons for paying more attention to the Propagation of Oak
Timber. By Roger Fisher. 1766. A Discourse on Church Music, occasioned by the opening of
the New Organ of St. Peter's Church, in Liverpool, on
Wednesday, April 30th. By the Rev. John Brekell.
Pr. in Liverpool, n.d.
performed in Liverpool.
a Canal between Liverpool and Hull. Second Edition. First Liverpool Directory, 40 pages.
Pr. by W. Nevett and Co , for J. Gore.
Pr. in Liverpool.
those of Liverpool. By John Phillips. 1769. Sermon for the Infirmary. By J. Brekell. 1770. The Famous History of Guy, Earl of Warrick. 1771. Sermon, entitled Religion necessary to the Being and Happiness
of Society. By Rev. Thomas Maddock, A.M. 1773. An Essay on the Liverpool Spa Water. By Thomas Houlston,
Mr. J. Worthington, Surgeon.
late Matthew Dobson, M.D. 1774-7. Abstract of the Proceedings and Resolutions of the Several
Committees of the Chamber of Commerce of the Port of
Liverpool 1774. An Ode on the institution of the Society for the encouragement
of the Arts. By W. Roscoe. This is about the earliest
specimen of Poetry. The Catalogue of the first Exhibition in Liverpool. Entitled
Pictures, Drawings, Prints, &c. Exhibited by the Society
of Artists in Liverpool. Observations made in a Tour through South Wales and Shrop
shire. By 0. S. Brereton, Recorder of Liverpool.