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RUSSEL, William P.
An appendix, to candid thoughts: containing original suggestions on very important subjects, highly interesting to the fair sex in general, of all countries: but more especially interesting to the amiable virtuous women of the British empire. With notes in prose and verse.
London: sold for the [name removed] and by various booksellers in town and country: but chiefly, in London, by special agents, as distributors, 1814.
[2], 33, [1] p. ; 20.9 cm. (8º)

Preceeded by an added title-page reading: 'Absolute Novelty. Love And Politics; Or, Woman's Right To Freedom And Independence, Strenuously Asserted And Logically Maintained. Dedicated To All The Virtuous Women In The British Empire. By A Philanthrope. The chief Novelty of this Work consists in the Suggestion of a Plan, to establish the true Freedom of Woman, different from every preceding Writer; yet, in itself, highly important and practicable; tending to augment National Dignity, and Feminine Happiness. Price only One Shilling. Purposely Sold cheap that it may be read by all.' The 'Philanthrope' is identified in pencil as (W. Russell.), i.e. the pamphlet writer William P. Russel. The final page contains an 'Advertisement' announcing the author's intention of gathering up unsold copies of his numerous pamphlets and selling them cheaply in stitched boards or wrapped packets. The address to which orders were to be sent is carefully cut out, as is the name of the printer at the bottom of the page and the name of the publisher on the title-page.

Copy Notes Bound first in a collection of miscellaneous pamphlets. Bound with the pamphlet is an autograph letter from Russel to Soane dated March 11th [1814] and signed The Author of P. Noir, requesting an immediate interview to discuss his project. As Soane was not at home he returned on 21 March with the same request and this time left the pamphlet. Russel returned to the attack in the following month to promote another project, an apparently serious scheme for royal 'Mile-Cottages' instead of mile-stones along the King's Highway, again accompanied by a pamphlet, Suggestions for the Prince-Regent of the British Empire (q.v.) and letters. Further correspondence with Russel is in Soane's archives. (Priv. Corr. VI.P.3).

Binding C19th half green binder's cloth, marbled-paper boards, paper spine-label ink-lettered 'Sundry / Pamphlets / &c.', numbered '43' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 1433


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