ENGLAND'S REFORMATION, (from the time of K. Henry VIII. to the end of Oates's Plot). A poem in four cantos
London: John Baker, 1715. Second edition, with a new editor's Preface (first was in 1710). Two volumes in one, each with a title leaf. 12mo, pp (xii), 312; (ii), 209. Bound in old calf. Some spine lettering flaked away; joints and hinges repaired with rice paper; VG copy otherwise, no tight in the binding, no owner names. ESTC T132411. Foxon W208. "He had been brought up as a presbyterian or Calvinist, but his studies in theological controversy induced him to join the Roman catholic church. Subsequently he travelled in France and Italy. At Rome he accepted a commission in the pope's guards, and he remained in the service for five or six years, during which time he served in the maritime war against the Turks. In 1685 he returned to England. He took a leading part in the controversy of 1687-8, as a 'Roman catholick soldier;' but Dr. Tillotson believed he was really a jesuit in disguise, while Henry Wharton assured the public that the soldier was originally a Cambridge scholar, and had exchanged his black coat for a red one." - DNB. The work, left unfinished, was a burlesque modelled on Butler's HUDIBRAS.