A Sermon Preached before the Honourable House of Commons, at the Church of St. Margaret's Westminster, on Friday, December 13, 1776; being the day appointed by his Majesty’s Royal proclamation, to be observed as a day of solemn fasting and humiliation. By John Butler, LL. D. Archdeacon of surrey, and chaplain in ordinary to His Majesty. Revolution, John Butler.
A Sermon Preached before the Honourable House of Commons, at the Church of St. Margaret's Westminster, on Friday, December 13, 1776; being the day appointed by his Majesty’s Royal proclamation, to be observed as a day of solemn fasting and humiliation. By John Butler, LL. D. Archdeacon of surrey, and chaplain in ordinary to His Majesty

A Sermon Preached before the Honourable House of Commons, at the Church of St. Margaret's Westminster, on Friday, December 13, 1776; being the day appointed by his Majesty’s Royal proclamation, to be observed as a day of solemn fasting and humiliation. By John Butler, LL. D. Archdeacon of surrey, and chaplain in ordinary to His Majesty.

London: T. Cadell in Strand, 1777.

16 pp. 8vo. Removed. ESTC T8363; Adams, 77-21a. Item #300073

An important sermon by Butler preached before the House of Commons at St Margaret's Westminster, discussing the Revolutionary War.

Butler had published much in favour of Lord North's policies regarding the American rebellion under the pseudonym Vindex. He is also known to have been delighted by reports of Hessian troops landing in New York and their subsequent victory, remarking "Mankind cannot suffer by the extirpation of them" (5 Nov 1776, Onslow MSS, Surrey HC, G173/2/1, p. 128). However, in this sermon he took a more moderate approach, though firmly stating that the Americans had "brought the mischiefs of War upon themselves and us, by taking up arms against a legal Authority, legally exercised."

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