HADFIELD

[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.

[ Sir Robert Abbott Hadfield, discoverer of manganese steel and inventor of silicon steel. ] Six Typed Letters Signed (all 'R A Hadfield') to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, including a reference to his achievements.

Author: 
Sir Robert Abbott Hadfield (1858-1940), English metallurgist and steel magnate, discoverer of manganese steel and inventor of silicon steel [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Royal Society of Arts, London ]
Publication details: 
On letterheads of 22 Carlton House Terrace, S.W. [ London ] Between 30 March 1915 and 24 January 1916.
£450.00

Each of the six letters is 1p, 4to. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. With the Society's stamps and annotations. On topics including the printed version of a paper given by Hadfield and the offer to the society of a paper by his friend 'Mr E. P. Reynolds of Bournemouth' (whose father 'Mr E. Reynolds […] was the mainspring of the Engineering side of Messrs Vickers, Sheffield').

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