A Suffolk Rector [ NEALE, Erskine 1804-1883 ] . MASONIC - 19TH CENTURY .
Title Stray Leaves from a Freemason's Note-book. By A Suffolk Rector.
Publisher London: Richard Spencer, 314, High Holborn, 1846 . 0
Seller ID 41377
First edition. Well bound in the original cloth. 8vo. 8.00" x 5.25" x 1.00". pp.8/pp.314/pp.26 (Adverts). Maroon cloth covered boards, corners carefully strengthened. Hinges and top & tail of spine also carefully repaired. Dulled gilt titles to spine: "Stray Leaves from a Freemason's Note-book" . Original yellow endpapers. Inked dedication to front free-endpaper: "The 'Minerva' Lodge, No. 2433. Birkenhead. Presented to the Lodge Library by Bro. S. Jones....D.C. (P.M. Mersey Lodge, 477) 7 April 1893." Light foxing to title and Preface, otherwise clean text throughout. Bound at the end is a 26 page catalogue of other works "...Published by Bro. Spencer." A very good copy of a scarce book. ** The Author states in the Preface: "...the entire proceeds of the copyright to Masonic charity." ; he also refers to earlier publication of some of the sketches, including one in Blackwood’s. *** Referenced by Robert Lee Wolff’s "19th Century Fiction" 5067. **** Random excerpt from the book: "...THE TRUE POLICY OF THE ORDER. "Live a life of faith and hope. Believe in God's great purposes towards the human race. Believe in the mighty power of truth and love. Believe in the capacities and greatness of human nature. Carry to your work a trustful spirit. Do not waste your breath in wailing over the times. Strive to make them better. Do not be disheartened by evils...." ***** "Erskine Neale (1804–1883) was an English clergyman and author. Rev., Provincial G.Chap. (Suffolk, 1856). Born on 12 March 1804, he was son of Adam Neale and Margaret Young, and brother of William Johnson Neale. He was educated at Westminster School 1815–16, and at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. 1828, and M.A. 1832. On 24 June 1828 Neale became lecturer of St. Hilda's Church, Jarrow, county Durham. He was appointed vicar of Adlingfleet, Yorkshire, on 19 October 1835, rector of Kirton, Suffolk, in 1844, and vicar of Exning with Lanwade, Suffolk, in 1854. Neale collected autographs. His knowledge of handwriting led to his being subpśnaed on the part of the crown at the trial of Ryves v. the Attorney-General in June 1866, when it was sought without success to establish the claim of Olivia Serres, the mother of Lavinia Ryves, to be the Princess Olive of Cumberland. He died at Exning vicarage on 23 November 1883, after an incumbency of 29 years." - See Wikipedia .