An Appeal to the People: Containing, the Genuine and Entire Letter of Admiral Byng to the Secr. of the Ad------y: Observations on those Parts of it which were omitted by the Writers of the Gazette: And What Might be the Reasons for Such Omissions. Part the First. JOHN SHEBBEARRE, ATTRIBUTED AUTHOR.

An Appeal to the People: Containing, the Genuine and Entire Letter of Admiral Byng to the Secr. of the Ad------y: Observations on those Parts of it which were omitted by the Writers of the Gazette: And What Might be the Reasons for Such Omissions. Part the First.

Publisher: London: Printed for J. Morgan, 1756.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Eddy, Samuel Johnson Book Reviewer in the Literary Magazine, 26; Hanley, Samuel Johnson Book Reviewer, pages 134-36.
Condition: First and final leaves a little dust-soiled; very good copy.
Book ID: 22212

Description

8vo, modern brown quarter cloth, blue paper boards, gilt lettering. Half-title present.

Comments

¶ A defense of Admiral John Byng (1704-1757) of the Royal Navy, who was on trial for treason based on dubious charges. He was found guilty and was tragically executed the following year. Shebbearre (1709-1788), a pamphleteer and contrarian, wrote numerous tracts during the political crises of 1755-56, attacking the misadventures of the English government abroad. None, according to Shebbearre, were more blatantly wrongheaded than the trial of John Byng. Shebbearre's perceived lack of patriotism landed him in prison, and he was roundly criticized and lampooned by the likes of Johnson, Smollett and Griffith. Johnson eventually sided with Shebbearre in the Byng matter and approvingly reviewed An Appeal to the People in the Literary Magazine in October, 1756. ESTC attributes An Appeal to John Byng himself, and he did write pamphlets in his own defense, but both Hanley and Eddy show convincing evidence that this was indeed by Shebbearre.

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