1723. Item #89272
1723 BOSTON IMPRINT FROM JOHN CLYDE OSWALD'S COLLECTION: THE FUNERAL SERMON FOR DAME BRIDGET USHER FOXCROFT, Thomas. THE CHARACTER OF ANNA, THE PROPHETESS, CONSIDER'D AND APPLY'D. In a Sermon Preach'd after the Funeral of the Honourable and Devout Gentlewoman, Dame Bridget Usher; who deceas'd at Boston, N. E., May 25th. 1723. Being a Widow of Great Age. With a Preface by the Rev. Mr. (Benjamin) Wadsworth. Boston: Printed by S. Kneeland, 1723. Collation: half-title, and half of I4, a blank. Text leaves are browned with age, with occasional staining, and fore corners rounded. The title leaf has some loss at bottom fore corner, not affecting text. Pp. ,i-[iv],64. Side-sewn in modern, cloth-backed, stiff brown wrappers, 17.2 x 11 cm. Bookplate of John Clyde Oswald (1872-1938), who wrote books on the history of printing, including the book PRINTING IN THE AMERICAS (1937), and about Benjamin Franklin, and who served as president of the National Arts Club. The "honourable and devout, Dame Bridget Usher" was perhaps more interesting than this tract expresses. Some facts of her biography suggest an engaged and eventful life. Her father was John Lisle (1609/10-1664), MP for Winchester in the Short and Long parliaments, and a regicide who was elevated to Cromwell's upper house in 1657. After the Restoration he fled to Lausanne, where he was murdered by two royalists in 1664. Her mother, Lady Alice Lisle (c.1614-1685), returned to England after her husband's death and lived peacefully for many years, a pious woman who sympathized with dissenters but was not an active sectarian only to be caught up at an advanced age in the aftermath of Monmouth's rebellion, when she was arrested as a traitor and executed. Bridget Usher's first husband was Lionel Hoar (1630-1675), who graduated from Harvard College in 1650 and went to England to pursue a career in the reformed English church. He was a preacher at Wanstead, Essex, until he was ejected following the Restoration. In the 1660s he married Bridget and was active in the dissenting community. His interests in botany and medicine brought him into contact with Robert Boyle and other members of the Royal Society, and he went onto study physic at the University of Cambridge, obtaining a degree 1671. Leonard Hoar returned to New England with Bridget an.