ADVANTAGES. ~ The Advantages of Repentance, a moral Tale, attempted in Blank Verse; and founded on the Anecdotes of a private Family in *********shire. The third Edition. London: Printed for the author, by Joseph Cooper, sold by J. and R. Tonson... S. Bladon... W. Davenhill ... P. Brett...and by the printer. [ 1790?]
4to (251 × 195 mm) in half-sheets, pp. , 36; early inscription to title ‘Row[lan]d Richardson’; imprint cropped at foot, with loss of one line, lightly browned; modern marbled boards.
Third (and first quarto) edition. ESTC lists copies at Bodley, Cornell and UCB only; the previous editions (1765 and 1779) are also scarce. Though ESTC suggests a date of 1790, the typography seems rather earlier.
‘The hero of this tale murders a peasant; flies to India, without being detected; repents of his crime; acquires a fortune; returns to England; finds his mother and sister in unexpected prosperity; performs many charitable actions on his arrival; meets with the apparition of the peasant; discovers his widow and children in distress; provides for their support; becomes an extraordinary good man, and reaps the happy fruits of repentance. / The story is ridiculous, but the language is tolerable, and the moral instructive’ (Critical Review).
The title bears a quotation from Hamlet ‘—MURDER, tho’ it have no Tongue, will speak With most miraculous Organ’ (2.2). Not in Jackson.