HIGH TREASON 1793

ID: 27052
£450.00
A treatise upon the law and proceedings in cases of high treason, &c.

BARRISTER AT LAW, A treatise upon the law and proceedings in cases of high treason, &c. by a Barrister at Law. London: printed for the author, by A. Strahan and W. Woodfall. 1793.

8vo., xvi + 154pp., neat repair to final leaf but no loss, contemporary calf, rebacked, corners worn. A good copy, sometime in the library of the Los Angeles Law Society with bookplate on front pastedown but with no other marks of previous ownership.

First and only edition.

A timely and apparently authoritative treatise published at a period of almost universal political instability. The lawyer author was evidently an advocate of strong uncompromising government supported by a loyal citizenry. "It is the duty of every citizen to associate with good men, for the preservation of domestic peace, and for those concerns which are nearest and dearest our hearts, liberty and life. A late attempt to overturn the constitution has been prevented by a manly and unbiassed appeal to the sentiments of the nation." [Preface]. The 1794 treason trials were intended to cripple the British radical movement of the 1790s, the treason trials of Thomas Hardy, John Horne Tooke and John Thelwall in 1794 (when they were all acquitted) being an extension of the sedition trials of 1792 and 1793 against parliamentary reformers.