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An Obituary Notice and Three Sermons Occasioned by his Death.

[HARDCASTLE (Joseph)].

[HARDCASTLE (Joseph)].

An Obituary Notice and Three Sermons Occasioned by his Death.

1. The Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle. May, 1819. Memoir of Joseph Hardcastle, Esq. Late Treasurer of the London Missionary Society. 7pp.
2. COLLYER (William Bengo). The Death of a Servant of God. A Funeral Sermon, in Memory of the Late Joseph Hardcastle, Esq. Delivered at Hanover Chapel, Peckham, and at Salters' Hall, London, March 14, 1819. To which is Prefixed an Address delivered at the Internment, by the Rev. John Townsend. Published at the Request of the Family. 72pp. London: printed by James Powell, at the Manufactory for the Employment of the Deaf and Dumb, Fort Place, Bermondsey [1819].
3. BOGUE (David). The Removal of an Eminently Wise and Good Man Lamented and Improved. A Sermon, Occasioned by the Death of Joseph Hardcastle, Esq. Treasurer of the London Missionary Society; Who Departed this Life on the third Day of March, 1819, in the Sixty-seventh Year of his Age. Preached at Surrey Chapel, Eighteenth of March, Before the Directors and other Friends on the Institution... Published at the Request of the Directors. 28pp. London: by J. Dennett, [1819]
4. PURKIS (Isaac). The Prospects of the Dying Christian: A Sermon Occasioned by the Death of Joseph Hardcastle, Esq. of Hatcham House, Near New Cross, Late Treasurer to the Missionary society; Preached at New Cross Chapel, March 14, 1819. 43, [1] pp. London: by John Hill for W. Whittemore, 1819

8vo. [215 x 133 x 16 mm]. Bound together in contemporary straight-grained blue goatskin, the covers with a border composed of a gilt triple fillet and a gilt and a blind roll, with an inner panel of two gilt fillets with a blind roll in between and gilt foliate and floral tools at the outer corners, enclosing a lozenge-shaped centre built up with foliate and floral tools. The spine divided into five panels, with gilt tooled bands, the upper panel tooled with the Hardcastle crest, the others with various foliate tools, the corners of the edges of the boards tooled with a gilt roll, blue silk endleaves and doublures with a border composed of a repeated gilt foliate tool and a blind roll, gilt edges. (Expertly refurbished where rubbed).

The fourth item has a number of manuscript corrections. They are all in good condition and the binding is most attractive, especially with the silk inside. The crest on the spine indicates that it is a family copy, probably belonging to one of Hardcastle's nine children (four daughters and three sons survived into adulthood).

Joseph Hardcastle (1752-1819) was a merchant and evangelical activist with an entry in DNB. In 1791 the Sierra Leone Company was established to protect native Africans from slave dealers and Hardcastle was appointed a director, along with William Wilberforce. He corresponded over several years with Wilberforce on matters relating to slavery and put on a display of the instruments of cruelty used on the slave ships at his house at Hatcham. In 1795 he helped to found the London Missionary Society and was elected its first treasurer, and in 1804 he became a member of the first committee of the British and Foreign Bible Society. He is said to have supported seventeen evangelical and philanthropic organisations, and was a generous benefactor to numerous deserving causes.

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