London: Printed for Charles Green, . First edition. Removed pamphlet glued into later wrappers, 7.5 x 4.88 inches, , 78,  pages. Wrappers sunned; first and last page somewhat dust-soiled, with a little scattered internal soiling; in very good condition. Item #19035
An object lesson in affairs of the heart, the public and at times fairly explicit defense of a rather sordid affair: Creswell had been accused by Gervase Scrope of abandoning his sister Eliza Scrope. Creswell here writes, “My Design is to relate Truth and plain Matters of Fact; by which it will appear I am Culpable in some Things (as what Man is there that is not) yet I deserve not that base and scandalous Treatment I have met with.” In Creswell’s version of the tale, Miss Scrope—without fortune but burning with love—tries by turns both hysterical fits and playful seduction to win his attentions (“I had often felt her Breasts, she frequently desiring me to do it, saying it would make them grow”) until she at last “prevailed with me to read over with her the Marriage Ceremony, and when it was over, I lay with her.” Not surprisingly, complications ensue: Creswell marries another woman, frustrates (perhaps) one of Eliza’s suitors, plots to remove to the continent with Eliza, has his affections alienated from his own wife, etc.