8vo, pp. , vii, [1, ads], 5-100; half-title; an excellent copy in recent purple cloth, spine gilt.
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A Defence of Dr. Price, and the reformers of England.
First edition of this moderate radical pamphlet arguing for the legitimate rejoicing of English liberals in both the French Revolution and the success of the American Republic, without their possessing any invidious feeling towards the English constitution: for evidently the Bourbon monarchy was tyrannical; and in any case, different governments are suited to different climates.
Richard Price (1723–1791) was for many years preacher at the radical Newington Green Unitarian Chapel, where he would have known Joseph Johnson. Christopher Wyvill (1740–1822) was a member of the Yorkshire Association and corresponded with London radicals such as Priestley, which would explain the relationships evident in this pamphlet. Goldsmiths’ 15506.
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