A Charge to the Grand Jury, At the Quarter Sessions of the Peace...
"A Spirit of Disaffection and A Contempt for the Authority of the Law" Evans, W[illiam] D[avid] [1767-1821]. A Charge to the Grand Jury, At the Quarter Sessions of the Peace for the County of Lancaster, Held by Adjournment at Preston, On the 16th Day of January, 1817. Manchester: Printed by J. and J. Harrop, 1817. vi, 21,  pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound in recent paper-covered boards, black-stamped title to front board and fillets to spine, edges rouged. Moderate toning and light foxing to interior, faint offsetting to final (blank) page. $250. * Only edition. Grand jury charges, long considered a duty for justices of the peace, could be a useful vehicle for the speaker's social, moral and political vision for society. Evans, Manchester's first stipendiary magistrate, delivered this address in response to "a spirit of disaffection and a contempt for the authority of the law" (iii). The general spirit of unrest in the region was likely due to the aftermath of the "year without a summer" of 1816, in which a colossal volcanic eruption in Indonesia caused global crop failures and profound social unrest in regions already stricken by food shortages and poverty.
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