DescriptionSir George Pretyman Tomline (Bishop of Lincoln). Document Signed and Dated August, 13th, 1801 Admitting Thomas Ridge into the Rectory of Knapington. Engraved document finished in hand with embossed seal measuring approximately 8 x 13 inches. Krown & Spellman retail: $75. With three vertical folding creases. Some foxing, toning and creasing with some small closed tears along edges. Very good. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
Tomline, Sir George Pretyman, fifth baronet (1750-1827), bishop of Winchester and political adviser. "The appointment of Pitt as prime minister in December 1783 and his success in the general election the following spring gave Pretyman access to political influence. Pitt appointed him to what was in effect the post of private secretary, although he avoided use of that term lest it hinder Pretyman's career in the church. ..Pretyman secured his reward when at the age of thirty-six he became bishop of Lincoln...in 1799 he published his two-volume Elements of Christian Theology, a work dedicated to Pitt and designed for Anglican ordinands. Its lucidity and accessibility earned it considerable popularity and it reached a twelfth edition in 1818...." [Oxford DNB]
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