To the Radical Reformers, male and female, of England, Ireland and Scotland.

London, Molineux and Dolby, 1820-1822.

8vo, 27 (of 47) separate issues bound as one vol.; occasional browning and staining, but very good copies in recent brown cloth, spine gilt.


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First edition, a very good though incomplete collection of Hunt’s letters, forty-seven in total, which were written from his imprisonment in the “Ilchester Bastille” following the Peterloo massacre of 1819. It begins with one of his later letters, anticipating his release in five weeks’ time. Hunt documents his incarceration by years and days passed without enquiry or trial, while he ruminates on his successes and the injustices done to him and to liberty; the letters are often characterised as being unctuously self-congratulatory, a problem which is not helped by the inclusion of enthusiastic letters and poems from reformers around the country. Familiar characters from St. Peter’s Field such as Samuel Bamford and the Female Reformers of Manchester feature.
Complete sets of the letters are exceptionally rare.

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