ID: 26100
A speech, delivered at a meeting of the freeholders & others,

CARTWRIGHT, John? or LEE, John?,, A speech, delivered at a meeting of the freeholders & others, of the county of Nottingham, holden at Mansfield, on the 4th of January 1781. And published at the request of the chairman, and other gentlemen of the committee. Newark: printed by James Tomlinson. n.d. [1781?].

8vo., (2) + 14pp., including the half-title, preserved in modern wrappers with printed label on upper cover. A very good crisp copy.

Only edition? Apparently very rare: no other copy located by ESTC or COPAC.

A reforming speech delivered in the year following the Yorkshire Petition of 1780, which had been supported by both Lee and Cartwright, and a few months after the 1780 Parliamentary election at which Cartwright had unsuccessfully contested Nottingham. "I am sure", declares the speaker, "I see not a brother citizen here, but will anticipate every expression of condolence I can utter, that our meeting this day was not prevented by the salutary effects of our late petition: a petition, the moderation of whose contents and the practicability of whose object might surely have entitled it to the favor of an assembly, whose only authority, whose only dignity was derived from the voice of the people .....". John Lee (1733-1793), barrister and politician, participated in the Yorkshire Association's campaigns for reform from 1779 to 1780. John Cartwright (1740-1824), political reformer, began publishing pamphlets on political reform in 1776 (Take Your Choice). He was the losing candidate in the 1780 Parliamentary election in Nottingham.