An Epistle from William Lord Russell, to William Lord Cavendish...…

~ An Epistle from William Lord Russell, to William Lord Cavendish... The second Edition. London: Printed for the Author; and sold by R. and J. Dodsley... T. Beckett and P. A. De Hondt... and C. Henderson... 1763.

4to (252 × 206 mm), pp. 30; complete with half-title; section of the fore-margin to F1 torn away (no loss); disbound.

Second edition, published the same year as the first. ‘The following Epistle is supposed to have been written by Lord Russell, on Friday Night, July 20th, 1683, in Newgate; that prison having been the place of his confinement for some days immediately preceding his execution’ (Advertisement).

Canning (1736–1771), father of the prime minister, came from Londonderry, and was sent to London by his father to avoid an unsuitable marriage. ‘There, on an allowance of £150 p.a., he read for the bar and was called at the Middle Temple in 1764. But “it would appear that [he] was a lover of literature and pleasure, and excessively averse to the dull study of the profession to which his life was doomed to be devoted” (Rede, 8 n.). His circle included journalists, actors, and politicians, and he was a friend and supporter of Wilkes. He published at least one political pamphlet and some verses... He ran up large debts, which his father paid off in return for his renouncing his right to inherit the family estates’ (Oxford DNB, sub George Canning junior).

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