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COBBETT'S WEEKLY POLITICAL REGISTER
[Selections. 1804]
Middlesex election.
London: Brettell, printer, Marshall-st. Golden-Square, 1804.
7, [1] p. ; 43.6 cm. (2º)

Drop-head title. At head of title: 'London, 25th September, 1804. The following Extracts from "Cobbett's Political Register" of the 1st, 8th, and 15th Instant are recommended to the serious Perusal of all the Freeholders of the County of Middlesex, ... It will likewise be found worthy of the grave Consideration of every true Friend to the permanent Security of the Throne, and the Constitutional Privileges of the People'. A reprint of William Cobbett's articles in Cobbett's Weekly Political Register (q.v.) in support of the candidacy of Sir Francis Burdett and against the 'scandalous attacks' on his character circulated by the committee of the rival candidate Mr. Mainwaring (George Boulton Mainwaring, son of the former member William Mainwaring). In an age of rotten boroughs Middlesex was, and had proved itself (in the series of elections when John Wilkes stood against the government candidate in the period 1768--69 and won the poll on four occasions) one of the more democratically responsive boroughs, and Frances Burdett was a Reform candidate from as early as 1802. He lost the Middlesex election of 1804 (and again in 1806) and this generated a substantial pamphlet war and included satirical prints from Gillray.

Copy Notes Previously folded and sealed as an envelope, inscribed in ink on final page John Soane Esq. / Lincolns Inn Fields.

Binding Folded paper, unstitched.

Reference Number 5725


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