GORDON, Thomas.

Francis, Lord Bacon: or, the Case of Private and National Corruption, and Bribery, Impartially Consider'd.

Address'd to all South-Sea Directors, Members of Parliament, Ministers of State, and Church-Dignitaries. By a True-born Englishman.

London: Printed for J. Roberts, 1721 Stock Code: 143568
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First edition. The writer Thomas Gordon (died 1750) along with his colleague John Trenchard "worked on various anti-clerical, anti-papist, and anti-corruption old and independent Whig publications which were immensely influential in Britain and America" (ODNB). In the present pamphlet Gordon investigates the case of the charges of corruption levelled at Francis Bacon, which resulted in his disgrace and removal from office. Gordon defends the public disgrace of corrupt officials, an argument levelled in part, as the title shows, against the hated South Sea Directors. The popularity of the work - this was the first of seven editions that year - indicates the public mood was firmly against such officials, in the aftermath of the Bubble's burst and the ongoing legal recriminations against the directors for corruption.

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Description

Octavo (218 x 134 mm). Extracted from pamphlet volume with residue of spine, uncut (unusually thus for a formerly-bound pamphlet).

Condition

Notation "8" to title page, light soiling to title leaf, some small chips at head not approaching text, a couple of patches of light foxing and browning. A very good copy.

Bibliography

ESTC T99351.

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