Josiah Tucker letter

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Address: Gloucester. To Dr [?William] Heberden. Asks Heberden's brother to call on 'Cadell in ye Strand' [i.e. Thomas Cadell the elder, publisher] to enquire about the fate and non-appearance of 800 copies of Tucker's 'Address and Appeal to ye Landed Interest' [discussing possible independence for the American colonies], sent, with a presentation list, ten days before. 'I pressed Cadell to be as expeditious as he co[ul]d, in order that the pamphlet might be published at least some days before Mr Burke was to make his famous motion ... The cold, or whatever is ye name of this new disorder, so rife at London, now begins to spread at Glocester [sic]: but I think, at present, it chiefly attacks young people. Another epidemic disorder, Electioneering, has attacked all ranks universally; and spares neither age, nor sex. What is most remarkable in this case is, that many of those, who were formerly notorious Jacobites, are now fierce Republicans: so that, form maintaining, that one Family has an indefeasible right to ye Throne, on ye extinction of that Family, we are to have no Throne at all'.
Autograph, with signature.


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Related Material

The pamphlet mentioned in the letter is Tucker's 'An humble address and earnest appeal to those respectable personages ...'; copies are available in the Goldsmiths' Library collection at Senate House Library - classmark: [G.L.] 1775