The Madness of King George [Hargrave, Francis (1741?-1821)]. Brief Deductions Relative to the Aid and Supply of the Executive Power, According to the Law of England, In Cases of Infancy, Delirium, Or Other Incapacity of the King. London: Printed for J. Debrett, 1788. iv, 6 pp. Quarto (8-3/4" x 7"). Stab-stitched pamphlet rebound into recent three-quarter morocco over marbled boards, gilt fillets and lettering piece to spine. Light toning to interior, two slight horizontal fold lines to text block, light soiling in a few places. $500. * Second and final edition. In late 1788, King George III suffered an acute relapse of the mental illness that would define the last years of his reign, triggering a fight in Parliament over the terms of a regency. Pitt, who had the most to lose should the Prince of Wales gain power, argued for a restricted regency governed by Parliamentary authority. Our pamphlet disagrees, advocating a strong regency in the interest of preserving executive power. Perhaps fittingly, Hargrave would succumb to mental illness himself in 1813, and remained in the care of his wife until his death. OCLC locates 5 copies of the second edition (British Library, University of Scotland, University of Manchester, Huntington, Queen's University), to which the ESTC adds 2 (Harvard Law, Newberry). English Short-Title Catalogue N15416.
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