[ Robert Robinson, Baptist historian and hymnologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. Robinson') to Rev. Charles Edward de Coetlogon, regarding a new religious periodical which De Coetlogon is contemplating editing.

Robert Robinson (1735-1790) of Stone-Yard Baptist Chapel, Cambridge, and Chesterton, Baptist historian and hymnologist [ Charles Edward de Coetlogon (c.1747-1820), Church of England clergyman ]
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Chesterton [ Cambridgeshire ]. 17 November 1783.
SKU: 20314

For information on the two men, see their entries in the Oxford DNB. The letter is evidently written in response to an invitation to contribute to a new religious periodical which De Coetlogon is contemplating editing (and regarding which the ODNB sheds no light). 3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed, with Cambridge postmark, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Rev Mr De Coetlogon | Lower Grosvenor Place | Westminster'. The letter begins: 'Revd & Dear Sir | It was with singular pleasure I received your favour, as it informed me you was well and pursuing the great business of a christian minister's life, diffusing knowledge, virtue, and felicity among man kind.' He is not surprised de Coetlogon has been 'solicited to set on foot and superintend' a Christian periodical, but although he has 'always supposed a periodical publication a proper method of edifying the christian world', he several years previously 'left off purchasing and reading any, being fully persuaded that real religion received no advantage, but on the contrary was extremely disserved by such publications Hackneyed saws, old wives fables, mean criticisms, false reasoning, wretched rhymes, puerile questions, and, if possible, more puerile answers conspired to expose religion to contempt, and yet the religion we possess is the wisdom of God.' Regarding the proposed publication, De Coetlogon is 'the man' on whom Robinson's 'hopes have always been placed, so that I have often exclaimed on peeping into those religious reveries, I doubt, I doubt De Coetlogon is dead.' Were he still 'as intimate' with him as he 'formerly had the honour to be', he would exhort him 'to rescue religion from the flippant hands of its playful children (pious but in a state of infancy) and do not suffer every purchaser of the magazine to insert his nonsense'. He will be happy 'to recommend and encourage every thing of yours, and if it were in my power to send you anything, which you thought worth inserting I should always be happy to do so.' His wife 'asks a hundred domestick questions about your health, and particularly your throat, and about Mrs De Coetlogon, and the children'. Annotated beneath Robinson's signature (by De Coetlogon?) with what appears to be a quotation from one of his works.