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A correction of abuses in government, no encroachment upon the constitution of the country nobility, although proper, not only superfluous, when purchased to gratify the mere ostentation of individuals, but highly dangerous, as it may be rendered subservient to undue influence. Subordination, when gradually progressive, the solid cement of community; the grand political chain, whose several links depend upon one another, and make civilized society a cheerful co-operation of intellect and industry. Levelling philosophy, contradictory and absurd, when it extends beyond equality of right
London: printed for H.D. Symonds. 1792. 8vo., (6) + 132pp., including the half-title, emphasis marks in pencil and a few annotations, also in pencil, contemporary calf, now neatly rebacked and labelled to match. A very good copy with the contemporary ownership signature on half-title of G. Ricketts and the later armorial bookplate of Edwards Ricketts> on pastedown. Probably the only early edition and certainly very rare. [ESTC & OCLC find copies at only 4 libraries: BL + NLS + Rutgers + Un. of Victoria]. This is a complex essay on government by the army officer, poet and writer Charles James (d. 1821) who had already published poetry, including Petrarch to Laura: a poetical epistle> (1787), a two-volume collection of poems in 1789, dedicated to the Prince of Wales, and a military essay, Hints founded on facts, or, a view of our several military establishments> (1791). The Correction of abuses in government> is an attempt to evaluate the English system of government in a challenging, and often very critical, although certainly not in a revolutionary, way, while the author seems to be sitting firmly in the army officer's stable, traditional position comfortable in the general order of things.
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