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A LETTER TO HIS MAJESTY ...
A letter to His Majesty. The Bandogs: or, remarks on the managers against W. Hastings, Esq. and Lord Melville; the late ministers, on the Catholic Bill and Marquis Wellesley: the office of High Admiral, and His Majesty's right to the Admiralty Droits. The income and services of the royal Dukes. Sketch of the Duke of Kent's life and losses. Causes of the mutiny at Gibraltar, and opposition to any inquiry thereon; with remarks on the Duke of Kent's recent letter to the King. Public services of the Dukes of York and Kent, with reasons for giving the command in Spain to the latter. Hints to Lords Wellesley, Chatham, Castlereagh, to Sir Thomas Trigge, General Fox, Sir Hew Dalrymple, Mr. Canning, Mr. Cook, Colonel gordon, the West India Commissioners, D. Glassford, and Mr. Greenwood.
London: printed and published by William Horseman; and sold by all the booksellers in town and country, 1809.
130, [4] p. ; 21.0 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. Signed by 'An Englishman', possibly a pseudonym for the publisher William Horseman, who also published An epistle to a lady with a dedicatory letter to the Duke of York signed 'An Englishman. September 8, 1808' (q.v.). The term 'bandog' refers to a fierce guard-dog or mastiff, and the OED cites the figurative use 'to speak bandog and Bedlam', i.e. furiously and madly. The Letter is followed by a postscript (pp. 129--30) and two leaves of publisher's advertisements for the first issue of the Naval and Military Sentinel; or weekly censor, to be published on November 2, 1808 and for Coke and Gas Lights: traits of all the royal dukes, 'Just published'. Frederick Winsor (1763--1830) had launched his scheme for the Coke and Gas Lights Company for the promotion of public gas-lighting in 1806 and had demonstrated public lighting for the birthday celebrations of George III in 1807 when he lit the garden wall of the Prince Regent's London home, Carlton House, and later in the same year erected gas street lights in Pall Mall, where he had set up business premises. These publications are satirical attacks on the royal dukes and others.

Copy Notes Bound (1) with a copy of William P. Russel's pseudonymus pamphlet Suggestions for the Prince-Regent of the British Empire; ... By Gulielmus Cambrensis, 1814 (q.v., copy 2). Previously stab-stitched in wrappers.

Binding Later C19th half hairsheep, marbled-paper boards, blind double-rule borders, gilt-ruled spine, spine-title: 'Pamphlets'.

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