Wilkes Seeks a Protector [Wilkes, John (1727-1797)]. A Letter to His Grace the Duke of Grafton, First Commissioner of His Majesty's Treasury. London: Printed for J. Almon, 1767. 35,  pp. Main text followed by 2 pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet, "No. 9" at head of title page in early hand below short rule and blotted-out early owner initials (?). Moderate toning to text, light soiling and a few minor stains to margins of a few leaves, heavier soiling to title page. $150. * Second edition, published the same year as the first (and several subsequent editions). In 1764 John Wilkes, the great radical journalist and politician, fled to France when he was charged with politically motivated charges of libel, sedition and blasphemy and expelled from Parliament. He made several attempts during his period of exile to secure conditions for a return to England and a fair trial. His Letter to enlist the support of the Duke of Grafton was one of them. The publisher advertisement is a prospectus for The Political Register, a periodical published by Almon. English Short-Title Catalogue N20274.
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