Brave British Tar


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[004123] [Maritime Prophecy and Spiritual Redemption]; Griffin, John. The Brave British Tar, or the True History of a Sailor, Who Had Both His Legs Shot Off in Lord Duncan’s Victory, with an Account of His Extraordinary Dream, and How Remarkably it Was Fulfilled. London: J. Pitts, Unknown. Folio. Unbound. Broadside. Good. Single sided printed broadside, approximately 245mm x 365mm in size, n.d. but c.1820

Slightly chipped and creased to edges, lightly browned, a couple of small spots, but generally quite clean. Double column, with attractive border

Relates the dream of a seaman called James Covey, who, two weeks before the battle of Camperdown with the Dutch fleet, had dreamed that he had both of his legs blown off. During the engagement, he did indeed lose both of his legs. The text is signed John Griffin, who was pastor at the Tabernacle in Orange Street, near Southsea Common, which had opened in 1754, and who was the author of several books and pamphlets. Pitts was at this address in 1820 and 1821

Showing at Hull only in Library Hub, but the R.T.S. seemingly issued the story in a 8pp pamphlet around the same time, so I’m not sure which came first