"A Surer Protection to His Person, Houses, Money, Goods, And Lands, Than If He Kept a Guard of Musqueteers, Or a Dozen of Mastiffs" [Hodshon, Read]. The Honest Man's Companion: Or, The Family's Safeguard. Illustrated with Copper Plates, And Done at the Request of Several Gentleman and Others, Occasion'd by an Attorney's Defying any Person to Paint Him or His Brotherhood in their Proper Colours, Or to Propose any Method to Regulate them, Or Their Practice. As also Remarks Upon Roman-Catholick Lawyers Practising as Chamber-Counsel and Conveyancers, And the Danger and Consequences Attending It; With the Author's Own Case. Likewise Some Hints Relating to the Clergy, Pleading Lawyers, Work-Houses, Our Plantations, Prisons, Prisoners, Pawnbrokers, Bailiffs, and Felons; Together with the Dying Speech of Wreathocke the Attorney. Recommended to Evry House-Keeper to Have One Always in the House by Him, It Being a Surer Protection to His Person, Houses, Money, Goods, And Lands, Than if He Kept a Guard of Musqueteers, Or a Dozen of Mastiffs; That EveryHonest Man May have One to Remind Him and His Family what they Ought to do in Case They are Attack'd, And May be Left as a Very Good Legacy to His Children. Newcastle upon Tyne: Printed for the Author, 1736. [xii], 72 pp. Two copperplates, one a frontispiece. Octavo (7-1/4" x 4-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into later three-quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt title to spine. Moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, owner bookplate to front pastedown. Woodcut head-pieces, tail-pieces and decorated initials. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in a few places, heads of frontispiece, title page and dedication leaf just touched by trimming. A nice copy of a title rare in the trade. $1,850. * Only edition. Hodshon, a malster and merchant, felt impelled to compile this work after he was declared bankrupt in October, 1735. Having been victimized by "the vile practices of our Law-Men", Hodshon sets out to expose their "Tricks, and I hope it will (as it is the Intent of it) open the Eyes of the People, and let them see what daily and growing Plagues they labour under. As for the honest ones, as I hope there are some that wish well to their Neighbours and Country, they never will endeavour to stifle the Design of it; but endeavour to reform the Abuses comp.
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