DE COURCY, [Richard]. ~ Some elegiac Lines, composed on the Death of that faithful and painful Servant of the Lord Jesus, the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield; who, In the midst of unwearied Labours for his blessed Master, departed this Life, universally lamented, In the 56th Year of his Age, at Newbury, near Boston, September 30th, 1770... London: Sold at the Chapel, in Tottenham-Court Road; and at the Tabernacle, Upper Moorfields. 1771.
8vo (188 × 120 mm), pp. 17, ; browned, old inkstamped number to head of title; modern marbled wrappers.
First edition. An elegy on the death of the great Calvinistic Methodist leader, George Whitefield, ‘the eighteenth century's most sensational preacher in Great Britain and America’ (Oxford DNB). Richard de Courcy was born in Ireland in 1743 and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, before becoming a spiritual follower of Lady Huntington. Through her influence, he was ordained by the Bishop of Lichfield; in 1770 he became curate of Sawbury, Shropshire, and in 1774, Vicar of St. Alkmond's, Shrewsbury. His devotional and evangelical publications were numerous. Jackson, p. 10; ESTC lists 7 UK and 6 US copies.