Stamp Duty Challenged

Political Letters And Pamphlets, Published For The Avowed Purpose Of Trying With The Government The Question Of Law - Whether All Publications Containing News Or Intelligence, However Limited In Quantity Or Irregularly Issued, Are Liable To The Imposition.

London: Printed and Published by William Carpenter, 1830-31.

First editions. Decorated head pieces. 1 vols. 4to. Stamp Duty Challenged. Eleven pamphlets plus the Supplement bound in contemporary green sheep-backed marbled boards. Spine defective, edges rubbed, some light spotting or browning of leaves, else very good copies of these NCBEL 3:1818. Item #24113

RARE. From 1830 to 1831 Carpenter published an unstamped series called “The Political Letters” challenging the stamp duty law as to whether any publication containing news was subject to duty. Carpenter did not feel that these should be subject to the duty. He was prosecuted and imprisoned from where he edited the “Political Magazine.” The pamphlets contained are “An Expostulatory Letter to the Commissioners of Stamps.” 16 pp, 21 October 1830; “A Letter to the Aristocracy of England” 24 pp, 6 Nov. 1830; “A Letter to Lord Althorpe” 16 pp., 4 Dec. 1830; “A Second Letter to Lord Althorpe” 16 pp., 7 Dec. 1830; “A Political Miscllany [on National Debt]” 16 pp., 9 Dec. 1830; “A Political Compendium [on Reform]” 16 pp. with an 8 page supplement (printed at the Published of the Office of the Political Letters), 18 Dec. 1830; “A Political Digest,” 16 pp., 23 Dec. 1830; “A Letter to the Right Hon. Wilmot Horton,” 16 pp. 31 Dec. 1830; “A Political Mirror,” 16 pp., 7 Jan. 1831; “A Political Chronicle,” 16 pp., 13 Jan, 1831; “A Political Herald,” 21 Jan, 1831.

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