CHURCHILL, Charles. ~ The Conference. A Poem. London : Printed for G. Kearsly... J. Coote...W. Flexney... C. Henderson... J. Gardiner... and J. Almon. 1763.
4to (268 × 200 mm), pp. , 19, , with half-title. Preserved in modern marbled boards.
First edition. In 1763 Churchill provoked disapproval by seducing the 15-year old Elizabeth Carr, daughter of his landlord, sculptor and stonemason Joseph Carr. The pair eloped in November, provoking threats to Churchill’s life from her family. ‘The Conference (November 1763), a dialogue modelled distantly on Pope's Epistle to Arbuthnot, was seen by many as a public apology for his behaviour (Oxford DNB).