The Pop-Gun Plot [Trial]. Lemaitre, P[aul] T[homas], Defendant. High Treason!! Narrative of the Arrest, Examinations Before the Privy Council, And Imprisonment of P.T Lemaitre, Accused of Being a Party in the Pop-Gun Plot, or, A Pretended Plot to Kill the King! In Which is Introduced the Correspondence with the Privy Council. London: Printed for P.T. Lemaitre, 1795. [ii], 60 pp. Lacking half-title. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet, untrimmed edges. Light soiling to exterior, "12." in early hand to upper corner of title page. Moderate toning to text, final leaf, which has two clean tears with no loss to text, partially detached and lightly edgeworn. $750. * First edition. The Popgun Plot was an alleged 1794 conspiracy by three members of the London Corresponding Society, a British Radical organization, to assassinate King George III with a poison dart fired from a pop-gun (airgun). Lemaitre was one of four men indicted as conspirators and charged with treason. All four were acquitted in May 1796 because the chief witness against them died. Our pamphlet is the primary account of this case. A second edition was published in 1795. Both editions are rare. OCLC locates 16 copies of both editions, 1 in a North American law library (Social Law, which has a first edition). English Short-Title Catalogue T81543.
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