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Political pamphlet of 56 pages (numbered pages 2-54) entitled: "A Letter from the King to his People, Fourth Edition, Entered as the Act Directs."
The coat of arms of the British Isles is printed at the top of the title page. The publisher's details appear below:
"London: Published by William Turner, Stationer to His Majesty, 69 Cheapside (Corner of Queen Street). And to be Had of Sams (Bookseller to his Royal Highness The Duke of York Pall Mall; And of All Other Booksellers in Town and Country. Printed by John Cunningham, 11 Fleet-Lane."
The letter sets out the George IV's position in the Queen Caroline affair. It is addressed from Carlton Palace and dated December 1st 1820.
The "Apology" on page 52 states that the letter is not authentic but written by the King's supporters, stating:
"..it is one of those literary fictions , which can only be justified by a good cause."
Lettered at the end of pamphlet:
"Cunningham, Printer, 11 Fleet Lane."
Letterpress pamphlet with wood engraved coat of arms
- Production date
- 1820 (Dated December 1 1820)
Height: 220 millimetres (Approximate page height)
Width: 125 millimetres (Approximate page width)
- Curator's comments
- Bound as part of "Political Tracts Volume 6”. Number 6 of 10 volumes of "Political Tracts" Published circa 1819-1822. The pro-government and anti-"radical" tone of this volume’s content contrasts with the pamphlets in the earlier volumes which often satirise George IV, his court and his ministers.
As the pamphlet is not illustrated, it is not included in M. Dorothy George's "Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum."
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