Inspired by the Wilkes Libel Case [Townsend, Charles (1725-1767), Attributed]. A Defence of the Minority in the House of Commons, On the Question Relating to General Warrants. London: Printed for J. Almon, 1764. [iv] 38,  pp. With half-title and publisher advertisement. Octavo (8" x 5"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent period-style quarter calf over cloth, raised bands and lettering piece, endpapers renewed. Light foxing in a few places, interior otherwise fresh. $250. * Second edition. "A leading opponent of the government, especially of the King's favourite, Lord Bute, Wilkes was arrested after the publication on 23 April 1763 of an article in No. 45 of his paper, the North Briton, and charged with seditious libel. He successfully challenged the use of general warrants which had been issued, but could not avoid condemnation by Parliament.... Wilkes fled to the continent in 1764.": Cannon, The Oxford Companion to British History 985. English Short-Title Catalogue T32269.
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