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Political Letters and Pamphlets, published for the avowed purpose of trying with the government the question of law - whether all publications containing news or intelligence, however limited in quantity or irregularly issued, are liable to the imposition of the stamp duty of fourpence, &c. With a full report of the editor's trial and conviction. 4to.
William Carpenter. 1830-31 Sl. torn front. port. of Daniel O'Connell, collected titlepage, 1 supplement, illus. 34 pamphlets. WITH: The London News-Letter and Political Gazette. No 1, Aug 1, 1830 - No. 9, April 1, 1831. W. Mason & Co. 1830-31. Uncut & partly unopened. Excellently rebound in half grey cloth, black morocco label, marbled boards. v.g.The London News-Letter is unrecorded in BL, COPAC, & Wiener's list of unstamped periodicals which lists Carpenter's 'Political Letters' (no. 392). A prolific journalist and radical political campaigner, Carpenter published his 'Letters' as a challenge to the laws of stamp duty. A radical miscellany, which reportedly drew an audience of 19,000, it advocated parliamentary reform, an adjustment of the national debt, the application of church property to secular purposes, and the repeal of the 'taxes on knowledge'. Carpenter's challenge to the authorities failed; he was arrested and imprisoned for his illegal publication. It was suppressed by the Stamp Office in May 1831 but was revived as the Political Letter a year later. A radical unstamped periodical (which includes a profile of Henry Hunt with a halo in no. 8), 'The London News-Letter' was published monthly in an attempt to avoid the stamp duty. No. 3 prints a letter from the Solicitor of Stamps ordering the publication to pay duty. Subsequent issues remain unstamped and one presumes it met the same fate as Carpenter's 'Letters'. Published during the reading of the 2nd Reform Bill, which was later passed in July by the House of Commons but subsequently rejected by the Lords, The London News-Letter appears broadly in favour of a Bill that exceeded expectations: 'That the bill gives more than the most ardent admirer of universal suffrage, and vote by ballot, could have anticipated, no one can deny; but still, when any measure exceeds our expectation, we as naturally doubt its reality'.
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