A "Load of Infamy" Cresswell, Thomas Estcourt [d.1788]. A Narrative of the Affair Between Mr. Cresswell, And Miss Sc--e, Address's to G--v--e Sc---e, Esq. By Which May be Discover'd the Falsities, Misrepresentations, &c. In a Letter in the General Evening-Post, October 31; Signed Lancelot Lee. London: Printed for Charles Green, . [iv], 78 pp. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in later (?) marbled paper wrappers, small hand-lettered title label to front, light shelfwear. Toning and light foxing to title page and verso of final leaf, interior otherwise fresh. A well-preserved copy. $200. * Only edition. This pamphlet offers a unique perspective on contemporary English law concerning breach of promise, bigamy, and adultery. In it Cresswell defends himself against accusations of these transgressions, along with much else, by Gervase Scrope, the father of Elizabeth Scrope. "I thought myself under a necessity of publishing the following Sheets, in order to take off part of that Load of Infamy that has been laid upon me" (Preface). Mr. Scrope was right, however. A few years after entering into a clandestine marriage with Elizabeth Cresswell he married Anne Warneford in order to acquire her fortune. This scandal was one of the great events of the day. English Short-Title Catalogue T39569.
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