1780

[ Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl Stanhope [ Lord Stanhope ].] Autograph Letter in the third person, with his seal in red wax, to J. Phillips of Fenchurch Street, suggesting a meeting with him, 'Mr Sarjeant' and the Secretary of the Protestant Association

Author: 
Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl Stanhope [ Lord Stanhope ], FRS (1753-1816), statesman and scientist, father of Lady Hester Stanhope and brother-in-law of William Pitt the Younger [ Gordon Riots, 1780 ]
Publication details: 
Mansfield. 10 April 1789.
£150.00

1p., 4to. On a bifolium, the reverse of the second leaf of which carries the seal in red wax (cracked, but a good impression nevertheless), and Stanhope's address to 'J. Phillips Esqr | Fenchurch Strt.' The letter would appear to relate in some way to the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots of 1780 (described by Dickens in 'Barnaby Rudge'). 'Mr. Sarjeant' is evidently Edward Sarjeant, who was Treasurer of the Protestant Association of London, of which Joshua Bangs was the Secretary and Lord George Gordon the President.

Engraving, engraved by Hamilton from a design by Thornton, entitled 'The Devastation occasioned by the RIOTERS of LONDON Firing the New Goal of NEWGATE, and burning Mr. Akerman's Furniture, &c. June 6. 1780.'

Author: 
[Newgate; The Gordon Riots; The No Popery Riots]
Publication details: 
London: Published by Alexr. Hogg at the Kings Arms No.16 Paternoster Row.'
£76.00

Dimensions of paper roughly fifteen inches across by nine; dimensions of print roughly eleven and a half inches by seven. On laid paper, watermarked 'VI' or 'IV'. The image and text clear and complete, though the paper aged, and with some fraying and damp staining to extremities. A jubilant mob in front of a burning Newgate, with hats and axes held high, throwing the Keeper's domestic possessions onto a bonfire. A woman to the right, along with a 'No Popery' flag.

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