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date: 11 December 2017

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This article examines the sacred histories were the focus of the nearly one hundred anniversary sermons preached before the Incorporated Society for Promoting Protestant Working Schools in Ireland (1735–1783) and the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (1702–1783). These sermons were classified as charity sermons, and contained all of that genre’s tropes. They also articulated a rationale for England’s empire and argued for the established Church of England’s participation in that imperial project by way of a particular sacred history.

Keywords: anniversary sermons, Incorporated Society for Promoting Protestant Working Schools, Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, charity sermons

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