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The genuine account of the proceedings of a general court-martial, on the trial of Serjeant Samuel George Grant.
London: printed for T. and J. Egerton, Whitehall 1792 - [2],130p. 4to. Lacks initial leaf, probably a half title. Piece missing from top inner corner of title page, a long way from the text. Old round stamp of the Birmingham Society on the title page. First and last pages a little dusted otherwise a good copy. Lpro, D in ESTC. Samuel Grant was tried and convicted of persuading two drummers in the Coldstream regiment of Foot to desert the king's service and to enlist into the service of the East India Company. He was sentenced to be reduced to the rank of private soldier and received one thousand lashes on the bare back with a cat-o'nine tails. Grant claimed that he was not a soldier and therefore not liable to military discipline. The latter part of the pamphlet is made up of the prisoners appeal against sentence and the deliberations of the authorities. The summing up by Lord Loughborough is found at the end; he concluded that the prisoner had committed the offence and was susceptible to military discipline. As to the severity of the sentence Loughborough states that it is matter for the king's clemency. Although not in a position to make any recommendation, the form of words adopted suggest that he regarded clemency as appropriate.
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