A Letter to Archdeacon White Kennett from George Hickes

Scope and Content

Manuscript item bound in a volume of printed pamphlets.

The letter is written on the verso of the printed title-page of Kennett's sermon on the 'Office and good work of a bishop'.

Summary: Hickes writes that he 'had not time till yesterday to read your excellent consecration sermon w[hi]ch I acknowlege to be one of the best I ever read, particularly upon that subject and occasion'. Nevetheless, he judges that 'many places of it' are liable to 'iust exceptions'. It would be 'too tedious' for Hickes to list them all here, but if Kennett will visit him - 'for my distemper will not allow me to wait upon you' - he will 'freely impart them all to you'. Some are objections to 'thinges said' and some draw attention to 'the omission of things, which ought to have been said'. He asks Kennet to'pardon this pla[i]nesse and freedome', which he hopes he will look on as a mark of 'affection and sincerity'.

Listed in the Bowdler Manuscript Catalogue: Bundle 150, Item 19, where it is appended to the sermon title as 'With Dr. Hickes's Letter to him upon the same'.