One Hundred Pounds Damages. George Rose, Esq. one of the Secretaries of the Treasury, against William Williams, the Printer, and Richard Tattersall, Horse-Dealer, and Proprietor of the Morning-Pose, for a Libel, in which he is charged with having used the Terrors of the Excise Laws as an instrument to subvert the Freedom of Election. Libel, William Williams, defendants Richard Tattersall.
One Hundred Pounds Damages. George Rose, Esq. one of the Secretaries of the Treasury, against William Williams, the Printer, and Richard Tattersall, Horse-Dealer, and Proprietor of the Morning-Pose, for a Libel, in which he is charged with having used the Terrors of the Excise Laws as an instrument to subvert the Freedom of Election.

One Hundred Pounds Damages. George Rose, Esq. one of the Secretaries of the Treasury, against William Williams, the Printer, and Richard Tattersall, Horse-Dealer, and Proprietor of the Morning-Pose, for a Libel, in which he is charged with having used the Terrors of the Excise Laws as an instrument to subvert the Freedom of Election.

London: Printed for J. Owen, No. 168, Piccadilly; and Symonds, Paternoster Row, 1792. First edition. 8vo, later library coarse linen and red leather spine label lettered in gilt, [2], 23, [1] pages. Some light soiling and foxing to the leaves; cloth somewhat sunned and label slightly rubbed; a very good copy. Item #19529

A trial held in front of Lord Kenyon on July 9, 1792; Rose (a minister of the exchequer and supporter of Pitt) had been involved in a controversy over election fraud and payments in March, and an unsuccessful Parliamentary inquiry had been launched against him on March 13, 1792. (See the DNB.) The Morning Post ran a squib on March 15 that, "The worthy Secretary of the Treasury was clearly convicted in the House of Commons, on Tuesday, of having made the terrors of Excise an instrument for subverting the Freedom of Election"--which Rose took as a reference to himself. Williams and Tattersall were both found liable for damages of £100--something of a hard blow for Tattersall, who had earlier that day been found liable for £4000 for a libel against Lady Elizabeth Lambert, after the Morning Post had alleged she was unchaste after her elopement with a footman. An ex-library copy, with the violet ink stamp and embossed stamp to the title page of the Association of the Bar Library of the City of New York. Bound without the half-title. ESTC notes six locations; OCLC would seem to add two further locations. Not found in McCoy.

Price: $400.00