"The Weaver's Friend" [Trial]. Hanson, Joseph [1781-1811], Defendant. The Whole Proceedings on the Trial of an Indictment Against Joseph Hanson, Esq.: for a Conspiracy to Aid the Weavers of Manchester in Raising Their Wages: Before Mr. Justice Le Blanc, One of the Judges of His Majesty's Court of King's Bench, And a Special Jury, At the Lancaster Spring Assizes, 1809. London: Printed and Published by T. Gillet, C. Chapple and Sherwood, Neely and Jones, 1809. xiv, , 116 pp. Folding map. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-3/8"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent library cloth, gilt title to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning, light foxing in a few places, soiling, minor edgewear and faint library stamp to title page, a few library marks to verso, light soiling to verso of final leaf (p. 116). $450. * Only edition. Hanson was a social reformer who was imprisoned and fined for his efforts to institute a minimum wage and the right to bargain, among other reforms, for the weavers of Manchester. Considered a dangerous man by the authorities, he was charged with sedition. Known as "the weaver's Friend," 39,600 people contributed one penny each to his defence fund. OCLC locates 4 copies in North American law libraries (Harvard, LA County, Library of Congress, Yale). Catalogue of the Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature II:19907.
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