The Conference. A Poem. by 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. [4], 19, [1], 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).

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