Jacob Duché


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(1737–98), Philadelphia-born Anglican clergyman, preached to the Revolutionary soldiers (1775–76), his most famous sermon being The Duty of Standing Fast in Our Spiritual and Temporal Liberties, delivered after the Battle of Bunker Hill. Military reverses affected his allegiance, and he later supplicated God in behalf of the Loyalists with equal zeal. Discourses on Various Subjects (1779) is a product of his clerical career in Philadelphia, and his Observations (1774), better known as Caspipina's Letters, contains descriptions of the American scene, supposedly written by a young Englishman to friends at home, which show an unswerving deference to the Church and aristocracy.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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