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Views of the Ruins of the Principal Houses destroyed during the Riots at Birmingham.
(J. Johnson.) 1791 Titlepage, 8 leaves of letterpress descriptive text, printed on one side only in double columns with parallel English and French text, eight aquatint plates engraved by William Ellis after drawings by P.H. Witton (plates dated 1 May 1792). Small oblong folio. Bound in is a contemporary manuscript page titled 'Extracted from the Ledger – Monday 9th April, 1792. An account of the original claims, with the verdicts given to each sufferer by the riots at Birmingham 1791'. It lists the 8 named residences detailed in the work, the amounts claimed, and what was paid out in settlement. Some light toning & foxing, several early professional repairs to small tears at fore-edge. Bound in recent half calf, marbled boards, gilt spine label.ESTC T144129. On July 14 1791 the Constitutional Society of Birmingham arranged a dinner to celebrate the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille. Joseph Priestley, according to his own account, had little to do with it. However, his sympathy for the French revolutionaries was notorious, and a well-organised mob seized the occasion to attack the homes of several dissenters, including burning Priestley's chapel and sacking his house at Fairhill, destroying his library and laboratory. The plates depict The New Meeting - The Rev. Dr. Priestley's house and Elaboratory, Fair-hill-Baskerville House, the residence of John Ryland, Esq. - Bordesley Hall, the seat of John Taylor Esq. - The house of William Hutton Esq, Saltley - The house of George Humphrys Esq. Spark Brook - The house of William Russell Esq. Showell Green - Moseley Hall, the residence of Lady Carhampton. The British Library notes that claims for compensation came to more than £35,000, but 'the weight of authority was against the dissenters' and 'no claim was allowed on behalf of the New Meeting House'. The manuscript total for claims is here recorded at £29,676, with £21,264 allowed, including a sum of £1,196 for the New Meeting House.
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