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CATON, James]
A plain narrative of a wanton and illegal attack on the rights of the people in the person of Mr. Caton, of Bristol. [Published by himself].
Bristol July 20, 1779. folio, 3 + (1)pp., folded for posting with docket title, the docket a little soiled, a few minor spots, unbound. A good copy. The detailed description of the arrest of James Caton by a press-gang, his imprisonment in disgusting conditions, and eventual release as a result of a writ of Habeas Corpus being obtained by his friends. 'On Monday the 12th of this instant, July, about one o'clock, while transacting my business on the Exchange, I was violently seized by Lieutenant Lane, and a press-gang under his command. Astonished at so unexpected an attack, I demanded the reason for it, and was answered only by oaths and imprecations, and required to go with them. Surrounded by such a band of ruffians, I saw resistance was in vain, and I submitted .'. It is worth noting that Edmund Burke, then M.P. for Bristol, was also involved in Caton's release: 'It only now remains for me', writes Caton, 'to acknowledge with gratitude my obligations to those numerous citizens who interested themselves in my favor. My particular thanks are due to Messrs. P. Farr and T. Millet, who undertook the fatigue of a rapid journey to London, and with so much expedition obtained the writ of Habeas Corpus: - to Edmund Burke, Esq; for his unremitting attention and successful perseverance in my cause .'.
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