E--L OF CH----M’S APOLOGY, a Poem... by E--L OF CH----M.

~ E--L OF CH----M’S APOLOGY, a Poem... London: Printed for J. Almon... 1766.

4to (259 × 212 mm), pp. 18, [2] advertisements; disbound.

Sole edition, scarce. When Sir William Pynsent, a Somerset landowner, died in 1765 he left his entire estate to William Pitt, ‘a total stranger, to whom he was not related. His will, dated 20 Oct. 1761, gives no reason for the bequest, merely observing: “I hope he will like my Burton estate, where I now live, well enough to make it his country seat”’ (History of Parliament). In this satire, Pysent’s ghost appears before ‘the Great Commoner’, now of course a peer and Prime Minister, to arraign him for becoming a lord.

There is a brief mention of America—‘My speech and effigy to Boston sent, / For publick worship, and the mob content’—but the work is overlooked by Adams, Alden and Sabin.

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