The Riches of God's Free Grace, Display'd in the Conversion of Cornelius Cayley. Late Clerk in the Princess Dowager of Wales's Treasury. To the Faith of Jesus Christ, his Lord and God. Being a Faithful Account of the Lord's Remarkable Dealings with Him from Seven years of Age; the Trials and Temptations He Met with in a Course of Several Years. As Also How He was Called to Preach the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ; and What He Hath Met with Particular in the Exercise Thereof, in Many Parts of England and Wales.

Norwich: [s.n.], 1757.

First edition. 143, [1, advertisement] pp. 12mo. Contemporary sheep. Worn, primitive sewing repair to rear joint, front joint cracked, some soiling to text, paper repair to head of three leaves with loss to pagination ESTC T77749 (4 copies). Provenance: Ambrose Serle, 1742-1812, religious writer and American colonial administrator (signature to ffep, 1762, and title-page); Reverend William Dick (bookplate). Item #316595

Rare first edition of this important conversion narrative by Cornelius Cayley (1727-1779), containing a memoir of his dissipated youth in London ("few persons in that great metropolis pursued a larger round of pleasures than what I did"), his unsuccessful attempts at adhering to the Anglican Church, and his eventual conversion in 1751 inspired by the preaching of George Whitefield. A second edition followed in 1777 and a third expanded edition in 1778.

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