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The Sense of the People Concerning the Present State of Affairs.

With Remarks upon some Passages of our Own and the Roman History. In a Letter to a Member of Parliament.

London: printed for J. Peele, [1721?] Stock Code: 117483
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Second edition, first published the same year. A discussion of the public mood in the aftermath of the South Sea Bubble, with particular reference to the widely villainized Robert Knight (1675-1744), the cashier of the South Sea Company who had made enormous profits through stock speculation. With the collapse of the company, Knight was summoned to Parliament, where he admitted widespread bribery before fleeing to France with his fortune, avoiding an arrest warrant.

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Description

Octavo (187 x 114 mm), pp. 32. Rebound in modern boards, printed paper label to front board, edges sprinkled red.

Condition

Contemporary annotation on p. 23. Minor stain on foot of final page, a few pages lightly creased, else a very good copy.

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