ATTEMPT

[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.

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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