The character of a soldier; by Philanthropos.

London, R. Carlile, 1821.

8vo, pp. 8; some sporadic light foxing, otherwise clean; in recent maroon boards, title in gilt on upper cover.


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Sole edition of this anonymous attack on the use of the army in the Peterloo massacre of 1819, and, furthermore, in any foreign adventure. The soldier, a ‘bloody automaton’ has ‘his origin in barbarous times’, and a standing army is ‘a legalized banditti: it is worse than an illegal banditti, inasmuch as it robs and murders under the name of law’. As war is a game of Kings, and the army their toy, ‘the governments of Spain, Portugal, and America alone can be identified with men; all the other kingdoms of the earth may be characterized as bloody, brutal, ferocious despotisms’. The only hope for these counties is that the soldier become a citizen.

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