Nathaniel Forster Sides with Blackstone [Forster, Nathaniel (c.1726-1790)]. A Letter to Junius. By the Author of the Answer to "The Question Stated, &c." London: Printed for James Fletcher and Co., 1769. 15,  pp. Quarto (10-1/2" x 8"). Stab-stitched pamphlet neatly disbound and recently resewn into plain wrappers. Light toning to interior, light foxing to title page and first two leaves, library stamp and early annotation reading (erroneously) "By William Blackstone Esq." to title page. $1,250. * Only edition. This pamphlet represents another voice in the debate concerning the expulsion of the publisher John Wilkes from Parliament in 1769 after his conviction for seditious libel. Sir William Blackstone had endorsed Wilkes's expulsion, creating further controversy after several pointed out perceived inconsistencies between his position in Parliament and in his Commentaries. Forster jumped in to defend Blackstone, but in doing so incurred the ire of popular anonymous writer Junius. Their argument over the Wilkes debacle occasioned this pamphlet; since it was not published under Forster's name, many attributed it incorrectly to Blackstone. OCLC locates 8 copies, 1 in a law library (Yale). See Laeuchli, A Bibliographical Catalog of William Blackstone 627. English Short-Title Catalogue T11015.
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