(CROFT, Herbert, Bishop of Hereford)
The Naked Truth: or, The True State of the Primitive Church. Concerning, 1. Articles of faith. 2. An Appendix to the former subject. 3. Ceremonies & church service. 4. Church service. 5. Preaching. 6. Bishops and Priests. 7. Deacons. 8. Confirmation. 9. Church Government. 10. A charitable admonition to all nonconformists. By an humble moderator, said to be Herbert Lord Bishop of Hereford. First printed in the year 1675 and dedicated to the Lords and Commons then assembled in Parliament: and now reprinted, and humbly offer'd to the consideration of the Lords and Commons now assembled in its present Parliament. Printed, and are to be sold by Richard Janeway in Queens-Head-Alley in Pater-Noster-Row; and by most booksellers in London and Westminster. 1689
, 71, pp. Half title; small 4to. Paper v. browned, small brown hole to head of titlepage just affecting ruled border. Disbound.
¶ESTC R4817; Wing C6972. Herbert Croft, 1603-1691, was appointed Bishop of Hereford by Charles II in 1661. First published in 1675, The Naked Truth voiced Croft's initial appeal for moderation towards dissenters, and initiated a flurry of pamphlets debating the issue. It was attacked the following year in Francis Turner's Animadversions upon a late pamphlet entituled The Naked Truth, which then prompted Andrew Marvell to write his Mr. Smirke: or, The divine in mode: being certain annotations, upon the Animadversions on The Naked Truth ; a much more articulate defence of the dissenters than Croft himself had been capable of. This reissue in 1689 coincides with the passing of the Toleration Act, which allowed protestant nonconformists the right to practice in their own places of worship.