[COMBE, William]. ~ An Heroic Epistle to the Right Honourable the Lord Craven, on his delivering the following Sentence at the County Meeting at Abingdon, on Tuesday November 7, 1775. “I will have it known there is Respect due to a Lord.”... The third Edition. London: Printed for John Wheeble... 1776.
4to (255 × 210 mm) in half-sheets, pp. 12; complete with half-title; chip to inner margin; some light foxing and dust-soiling; disbound.
Third edition, first published in 1775. All early editions are scarce. ‘This little poem is written with a degree of spirit and elegance... and is one of the best satires we have lately seen’ (Monthly Review). It is among Combe’s earliest satires, aimed at Lord Craven, whose thoughts on liberty which he had in his youth have changed since he became a peer. ‘Perhaps, (indulge your Poet’s fairy dream), / Perhaps my verse adorn’d by such a theme, / May in some bark, our navy fail t’ explore, / be safely wafted to the Atlantic shore: / How will those pious Chiefs delight to hear / The kindred virtues of a British Peer? / How will thy deeds enchant, with gentle sway, / The Patriot sons of Massachuset’s Bay?’ (pp. 11–12). Jackson, p. 46.