"The Miserable Matter-Product of Ineffable Ingratitude and Profligacy" Warren, Samuel [1807-1877]. A Letter to the Queen on a Late Court Martial. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood & Sons/William Benning & Co., 1850. xiii, 262 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Original limp cloth, recently rebacked, blind frames to covers, gilt title to front cover, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to corners. Light toning to text, inscriptions from Warren to front free endpaper, head of title page, entire verso of title page and head of following leaf. $1,750. * Only edition. Warren, an attorney and legal reformer, is best known as the author of Ten Thousand A-Year (1841), a satirical novel about English law. A Letter to the Queen is an ardent defense of Capt. George Douglas, who was accused on lying to a fellow office. Warren withdrew it from the market shortly after its publication. Warren inscribed our copy to his son, Samuel Lilckendy Warren on September 13, 1858. His detailed inscription expresses his embarrassment from this case. At the top of the title Warren has written: "Withdrawn from circulation-the reasons are explained on the back of this page. N.B. Every line of the proofs was carefully corrected by Lord Brougham.... I have the original proofs still by me." Warren was indignant at the perceived injustice and procedural flaws in his trial. This opinion was shared by Lord Brougham, who addressed the House of Lords about this case. As indicated by Warren's inscription, his work benefited from Brougham's advice and editorial assistance. Shortly after the publication of A Letter, "all was ruined by the infamous conduct of Mr. Douglas in eloping from Cheltanham with the daughter of a gentleman who wrote me in anguish & horror, that it was this letter of mine which gained Mr. Douglas admission to the house which he had desecrated. The news nearly broke my heart.... All my six months gratuitous labour & anxiety, my sacrifice of an entire long vacation, my expence in printing, publishing and adorning this "Letter"--my having risked the enmity of the Duke of Wellington & many other persons (including the Queen)--all thrown away in one moment by the profligate act of one I had done so much to serve...." Warren goes on to relate further embarrassment, the c.
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