ASSASSINATION

[George III assassination attempt by James Hadfield in 1800.] Autograph Poem Signed ('James Hadfield'), written in Bedlam by the assailant Hadfield, titled 'Epitaph of my poor Jack Squirrel'.

Author: 
James Hadfield (1772-1841), madman who attempted to assassinate George III in 1800 [Bethlem Hospital (Bedlam)]
Publication details: 
'Bethlem Hospital' (Bedlam). 'Died Sunday Morning | July, 23rd, 1826'. [Paper watermarked 1828.]
£500.00

Hadfield's insanity appears to have been the result of eight sabre wounds to the head sustained in 1794 at the Battle of Roubaix. On his return to England Hadfield fell under the sway of Bannister Truelock's millenarian cult, becoming convinced, as his entry in the Oxford DNB states, 'that his death at the hands of the state would effect the second coming' He conspired with Truelock to assassinate the king at Drury Lane Theatre on the evening of 15 May 1800.

[Spencer Perceval, the only British Prime minister to be murdered.] Autograph Letter in the third person to Rev. Dr. George Gaskin, Secretary, Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, returning one item and ordering four others.

Author: 
Spencer Perceval (1762-1812), Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, assassinated [Rev. Dr. George Gaskin (1751-1829), Secretary, Society for the Promotion of Christan Knowledge]
Publication details: 
Lincoln's Inn Fields [London]. 20 December 1800.
£280.00

1p, 4to. On bifolium addressed on verso of second leaf to 'Revd Dr. Gaskin | Bartlett's Buildings', with Perceval's seal in red wax split between the bottom two corners of the same page, which is also endorsed by Gaskin: 'London | Hon. Spencer Percival [sic] | Recd Decr 23. 1800'. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter begins: 'Mr Perceval's Compts. to Dr. Gaskin and returns the 10th. Vol of the Society's Tracts which is marked the 9th and has been sent in the set by mstake instead of the 10th. Mr.

[ Sir Andrew Hamond, Comptroller of the Navy, on 'the Report of Buonaparte's assassination'. ] Autograph Letter in the third person to Lady Spencer, regarding a report of the assassination received from a Madeira merchant.

Author: 
Sir Andrew Snape Hamond (1738-1828), British naval officer, Comptroller of the Navy and Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
Publication details: 
No place. 29 December [ 1798 ].
£150.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Docketed: '29th. Decr 98 | Returned the Inclosure with Lady Spencer's thanks'. He is enclosing the letter (not present) which 'he mentioned from the Madeira merch[an]t. - The Postscript of which takes notice of the Report of Buonaparte's assassination having reached that Island on the 19 Novr. which is two days later than only, than the time the Report reached Constantinople.' The letter is 'on private business', and he would have forwarded it, had not business in the House of Commons kept him from Fulham.

[Mimeographed pamphlet alleging that Aristotle Onassis was behind the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.] A Skeleton Key to the Gemstone File. Credit will go where credit is due after the mess has been cleaned up.

Author: 
[Stephanie Caruana?; Bruce Roberts; The Jesse James Press; assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1963; Aristotle Onassis; conspiracy theories]
Publication details: 
'Printed by the Jesse James Press - London & New York. December 1976.'
£120.00

16pp., foolscap 8vo. Stapled into white printed covers, with 'ransom note' design on front and facsimile on back of letter from the Warren Commission members to the President of the United States, 24 September 1964. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. The document ends, under the publication details on the last page: 'Meanwhile back at the peanut farm: A PRESIDENT FOR AMERICA | The difference between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter is one of style and personality. Theirs [sic] policies are remarkably similar. | The Economist Oct.

Autograph Letter Signed to Sir James Graham of the Secretary of State's Office.

Author: 
Sir Hugh Percy, 3rd Duke of Northumberland
Publication details: 
6 June 1842; Northumberland House.
£40.00

English aristocrat (1785-1847). The recipient, Sr James Graham (1792-1861) was Home Secretary under Sir Robert Peel. One page, 4to. In good condition, but with traces of brown-paper mount adhering to reverse and causing ruckling, and some creasing to one edge. He forwards a 'Dutiful and Loyal Address from The Inhabitants of the Town of Alnwick and its Vicinity on the late Providential escape of the Queen', and asks that it be presented to her at 'an early opportunity'. Signed 'Northumberland'. There were two assassination attempts on Queen Victoria in 1842.

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