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BIBLE: A COMMENTARY ON THE BOOKS OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT: The Holy Bible with a Commentary and Practical Improvements: In which are inserted The Notes and Collections of John Locke, Esq; The Right Honorable Edward Earl of Clarendon; Daniel Waterland and other learned Persons [3 Volumes]. Bound in uniform suede covered boards, red title labels to spine, 6 raised bands, Vols I & II with embossed decoration to boards, Vol III plain, corners a little rubbed, very good condition, pages clean with only very minor tears to very few pages and a small amount of worming to lower edge of latter pages of volume I.
English, circa 1765-1777
Stock No. 12982
William Dodd, (1729 - 1777) was one of the king’s chaplain (1763) and the tutor to Philip Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield's nephew. A popular preacher whose fashionable attire earned him the nickname ‘the Macaroni Parson’, Dodd’s pursuit of advancement inevitably led him into debt, and his attempt to buy the rich living of St. George's, Hanover Square, led to his name being struck off the chaplains list (1774). He went to Geneva where he was welcomed by his pupil, now Lord Chesterfield, who granted him the living of Wing in Buckinghamshire. Still considerably in debt he had to sell his chapel and in February 1777 offered a stockbroker a bond for £4,200 signed by Chesterfield. It proved to be a forgery, and Dodd, although he refunded a great part of the money, was tried and sentenced to death. Great efforts were made by Dr. Johnson and others to secure a pardon for ‘the unfortunate divine’ , but the king refused to reprieve him and Dodd was hanged at Tyburn on 27 June 1777 - Ref: Chambers DNB]. [CBEL, vII, p360]