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LEMAITRE, Paul Thomas]. High Treason!! Narrative of the arrest, examinations before the privy council, and imprisonment of P. T. Lemaitre, accused of being a party in the Pop-Gun Plot, or, a pretended plot to kill the King!
London, Printed for P. T. Lemaitre; and sold by J. Smith, at the Pop-Gun 1795. 8vo, pp. [4], 60, with a half-title; ownership stamps to first two leaves of Henry B. Noyes of Big Flats, NY; modern grey cloth.First edition, very scarce, of an account of the 'Pop-gun plot' (or rather the lack of a plot), published by one of the accused, and sold by another, the bookseller John Smith, who opportunistically altered his sign to that of the 'Pop-Gun'. The 'Pop-Gun Plot' involved five members of the London Corresponding Society – John Smith; George Higgins, a chemist's shopman; Paul Thomas Lemaitre and Thomas Upton, both watchmakers; and Crossfield, a Yorkshireman who had studied medicine at Leiden (MD 1791). The case was used to stoke fears of a Jacobin uprising, and was widely believed in polite society ('You see, murder is not dead with Robespierre', said Horace Walpole).ESTC: 6 copies in UK, plus Boston Athenaeum, and Supreme Court of Australia. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Bernard Quaritch Ltd ABA ILAB [London, United Kingdom]
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