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Political pamphlet of 16 pages without illustrations entitled:
"A peep at the origin of some of the King's pretended friends and the Queen's real enemies. With occasional political and biographical observations &c.&c.&.c"
Lettered on the title page with the quotation:
"Whereas in the year 1814, her Majesty, Caroline Amelia Elizabeth, then Princess of Wales, and now Queen consort of this realm, engaged in her service one Bartholomew Pergami; otherwise Bartolomew Bergami, a foreigner of Low Station [capitalised]" - Preamble to the Bill of Pains and Penalties.
With the publisher's details at the foot of the page:
"London: Printed and Published by James Griffin, Middle Row, Opposite Grays-Inn Lane, Holborn. 1820."
A "Dedication" to Caroline of Brunswick is printed on the opening page. The pamphlet, written in close type defends her for giving the title, Count, and "aristicratic" name, Pergami, to her Chamberlain Bergami. The allegation that Bergami was Caroline's lover was central to her trial. The author of the pamphlet systematically discusses the family backgrounds of George IV's ministers arguing that the King's advisors:
"are making a grave charge against her Majesty, for having taken into service and distinguished by favour, a man of low birth, they themselves have, in respect of noble ancestry, as little, or perhaps less to boast of than the notorious and much absued Count Pergami."
Lettered at the end of the text: "Printed by J. Griffin, Middle Row."
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Height: 220 millimetres (approx.page height)
Width: 126 millimetres (approx. page width)
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- Bound as part of 'Political Tracts Volume 5.' Number 5 of 10 volumes of political pamphlets, published circa 1819-1822.
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