London: Printed by A. Wilson, Published by Samuel Tipper, 1807. First edition. 8vo, removed pamphlet (no wrappers), 28 pages. Some light foxing and soiling; in very good condition. Item #14782
On the election and positions of the radical Burdett as the MP from Westminster, itself a hotbed of the radical movement; as noted by the DNB, "That Burdett spoke in parliament and acted in public for the rights of oppressed individuals and political reform made him attractive to radicals in the borough of Westminster. As in Middlesex in 1806, so in Westminster in 1807 he was not formally a candidate. If elected he would sit, but he would spend no money and make no speeches. Misunderstandings led Burdett to a duel with his erstwhile fellow candidate James Paull. The radical electors, now organized as the Westminster Committee, and most notably Francis Place, made enormous efforts on his behalf alone when following the duel they dropped their support of Paull. Burdett's lopsided victory achieved at a cost of less than £800 made Westminster the radical centre of London and indeed the kingdom."