"They Must At Least Stand Convicted of a Rash, Intemperate, and Improvident Zeal" A Freeholder of Cornwall. [Gregor, Francis (1760-1815)]. Two Letters: The First Containing Some Remarks on the Meeting Held 5th November, 1809, To Celebrate the Acquittal of Messrs. Hardy, J.H. Tooke, Thelwall, And Others, In November 1794: With an Abstract of the Facts Proved on those Trials, And Also of the Confession of James Watt, Executed at Edinburgh for High Treason in October 1794. The Second Containing a Short Comparative Sketch of Our Practical Constitution in Ancient Times and the Present; With Some Observations on Certain Assertions Made by the Modern Reformers. London: Printed for J. Hatchard, 1810. [iv], 57,  pp. With a half-title and final advertisement leaf. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in recent marbled boards, paper title label to spine. Light toning to interior, light soiling to a few leaves, faint early ownership signature to head of half-title affected by trimming. A nice copy. $450. * Only edition. Gregor was an English landowner and MP for Cornwall from 1709-1806. Here, he is highly critical of notable radicals Thomas Hardy, John Horne Tooke, John Thelwall and Robert Watt, not so much for their beliefs in reform as their methods and enthusiasm, which he deems "rash, intemperate, and improvident." He further criticizes the Constitutional and London Corresponding Societies for condoning and even celebrating the acts of these radicals, citing evidence from their trials to highlight their destructive nature. OCLC locates 11 copies of this title, none in a law library.
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