A Clerical Manoevre or the Way to Finish a Charity Sermon.

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A Clerical Manoevre or the Way to Finish a Charity Sermon.
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Charles Williams

A Clerical Manoevre or the Way to Finish a Charity Sermon.

London, T. Tegg (Nov. 1st 1815)

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250x350mm

£140

A striking, aquiline nosed parson, leans from his pulpit, preaching with an extended arm, while his clerk takes round the collection plate with a sly smile on his face. He beseeches his packed congregation to be just before you are generous and if they cannot pay Twenty shillings in the pound he tells them not to make a donation. The audience evidently either impressed or horrified at this speech throw guineas and banknotes into the plate. One well dressed young man sneaks off at the back saying Nothing but Gold or pound notes ….. I don’t know what business I had to poke my nose here. A satire on the greed of the clergy. BM 12652