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[Richard Carlile writes from Dorchester Gaol following his conviction for blasphemous libel.] Original number of Carlile's 'The Republican', as issued from press in original blue covers, containing various pieces relating to his imprisonment.

Author: 
Richard Carlile (1790-1843), publisher and writer, leader of the Rotunda Radicals, disciple of Tom Paine, lover of Elizabeth Sharples (1803-1852), suffragist
Publication details: 
[The Republican, London.] 18 January 1822. No. 3. Vol. V. Printed and Published by R. Carlile, 55, Fleet Street.
£280.00

A nice artefact, a number of Carlile's celebrated radical journal 'The Republican' (espousing not only republicanism but also atheism, abolitionism and birth control) as it appeared from the press. For information on Carlile - described by E. P. Thompson as a 'Showman of Free Thought' - and his 'moral wife' the suffragist Eliza Sharples, see their entries in the Oxford DNB. For publishing various 'blasphemous' works by Thomas Paine, Carlile was fined £1500 and sentenced to three years in Dorchester Gaol.

[Richard Carlile, leader of the Rotunda Radicals.] Two Autograph Letters Signed to 'Mr. Teague', i.e. John Teague, Keeper of the Giltspur Street Compter where Carlile was incarcerated, regarding editing proofs and having his head cast by phrenolog

Author: 
Richard Carlile (1790-1843), publisher and writer, leader of the Rotunda Radicals, lover of Elizabeth Sharples (1803-1852), suffragist [John Teague (1779-1841), Keeper of the Giltspur Street Compter
Publication details: 
'Compter Decr. 29. 1834'. [Giltspurt Street Compter, London]
£950.00

For information on Carlile - described by E. P. Thompson as a 'Showman of Free Thought' - and his 'moral wife' the suffragist Eliza Sharples, see their entries in the Oxford DNB. At the time of writing Carlile was in prison for refusal to pay the church rates. The proofs Carlile asks to be allowed to receive in the first letter are presumably those of his journal 'The Gauntlet'. The phrenologist 'Mr. Hohn' referred to in the second of the letters - the 'Mr. Holme' of the accompanying slip - is the German-born physician and phrenologist John Diederick Holm (d.1856).

[Thomas 'Clio' Rickman, Quaker pamphleteer and friend of Thomas Paine.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Clio') regarding a common acquaintance, and naming his 'great friends' who have died.

Author: 
Thomas 'Clio' Rickman (1760-1834), Quaker publisher of political pamphlets, friend and biographer of Thomas Paine
Publication details: 
1 February 1831. No place.
£250.00

1p, landscape 12mo. In fair condition, aged and worn, laid down on part of a leaf from an album. The letter begins in lighthearted fashion, but soon turns sombre, with a list of Rickman's friends who have recently died. Reads: 'My dear Sir! Truth will out – The lady has been trying Bargain Tea all entire at 8s/. - this pleases me – so look to it! - I am confined to my room not so ill in health but I have lost great friends – Mrs. Hobson my best, dead – Mrs Thos. Rickman, dead – Mr. Gray dead, & some living ones have flown off, & all this cuts me up! - God bless you, & yours! | Clio'.

[Committee of Secrecy, 1794] First report from the Committee of Secrecy, to whom the [...] papers [...] in His Majesty's message [...] which were presented (sealed up) to the House, by Mr. Secretary Dundas, upon the 12th and 13th days of the said m

Author: 
[Committee of Secrecy, 1794].
Publication details: 
London, Printed for J. Debrett, opposite Burlington House, Piccadilly. 1794.
£180.00

Presumably First Edition. Pp.[1] Title-45[3], final 3pp., list of books printed for J. Debrett, disbound, foxed, minor damage and staining, fair condition. It appears to be an investigation of the possibly seditious activities of The Society for Constitutional Information and The London Corresponding Society (and related). Note: A. "The Society for Constitutional Information was a British activist group founded in 1780 by Major John Cartwright, to promote parliamentary reform. The Society flourished until 1783, but thereafter made little headway.

Supplément à la Gazette nationale [Thomas Paine's debate with Sièyes]

Author: 
[Thomas Paine; Newspaper Debate with Emmanuel Sièyes [Syèyes]]
Thomas Paine; Newspaper Debate with Emmanuel Sièyes [Syèyes]]
Publication details: 
Samedi, 16 Juillet 1791
£650.00
Thomas Paine; Newspaper Debate with Emmanuel Sièyes [Syèyes]]

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Autograph Signature of the satirist John Wolcot ('J: Wolcot'), made when 'entirely blind', with autograph note by quaker and radical author Thomas 'Clio' Rickman.

Author: 
John Wolcot (1738-1819), English satirical author under the pseudonym 'Peter Pindar' [Thomas 'Clio' Rickman (1760-1834), quaker, radical author and friend of Thomas Paine]
Signature of the satirist John Wolcot
Publication details: 
Signature dated by Rickman to 3 July 1809.
£165.00
Signature of the satirist John Wolcot

12mo, 2 pp, the autograph being on one side and Rickman's on the other. Fair, on aged paper, with traces of previous mounting on one side. Large bold signature 'J: Wolcot' with biographical note on one side, and the note, signed 'Clio Rickman', on the other: Written by the celebrated Peter Pindar, when entirely blind, on my calling on him the 3d of July 1809 my boy with me'.

ALS, Winifred Gales, wife of Joseph, to her sister in law, Sarah Gales (Sheffield, England)

Author: 
[ Joseph Gales, American journalist, friend of Joseph Priestley, fled England after advocating Thomas Paine's principles, founder of Raleigh, North Carolina, etc., etc.]
Publication details: 
2 Sept. (n.y.)
£350.00

4pp., folio, tears and other damage marginally affecting text. She writes at length about the loss of a daughter, describing her last days and the family's grief. The daughter had been heavily involved in charitable works and involved with the activities of a "Benevolent Society. She gives some other family news, including the activities and state of health of Joseph Gales and news of the community, and talks of their friend "Judge Johnson" becoming Governor of Louisiana. A very substantial letter.

Autograph letter to an unnamed clergyman,

Author: 
Moncure Daniel Conway
Publication details: 
25 August [no year], Ostend, Belgium.
£50.00

American writer, preacher and abolitionist (1832-1907). One page, 12mo. "Rev. & Dear Sir, / I thank you heartily for your letter and invitation, which have reached me here. I had already received and accepted an invitation from Mr Thos. Martineau at Maple Bank. He mentions in his note having heard from you that I intended visiting Birmingham during the meeting, & will probably inform you that I have accepted his hospitality. / With gratitude for your kind attention, I am, / Yours with cordial respect, / M. D. Conway".

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