Index to the Prayers and Hymns of Augustus Toplady

Scope and Content

Manuscript index of the first lines, with authors and sources at the side, to the 1776 edition of Augustus Toplady's Psalms and hymns for public and private worship (London: printed for E. and C. Dilly, 1776).

Administrative / Biographical History

Augustus Montague Toplady (1740-1778) was a Church of England clergyman and hymn-writer. From 1768 he was the incumbent of Broad Hembury, Devon. His polemical writings were suffused with Calvanism and attacks on John Wesley. He also wrote hymns and verses, writing Rock of ages (1775), Poems on sacred subjects (1759), and Psalms and hymns for public and private worship (1776).

Source: Arthur Pollard, Toplady, Augustus Montague (1740-1778), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004. By permission of Oxford University Press -

Custodial History

Presented to Robert Thursfield-Smith by C.D. Hardcastle. Inscribed on the front fly-leaf: 'R. Thursfield Smith Esq with compliments, C.D. Hardcastle, Dec 3rd 1900'.