A letter to the people of Scotland, on the Alarming Attempt to infringe the Articles of the Union, and introduce a most pernicious innovation, by diminishing the number of the Lords of Session.

London: Printed for Charles Dilly, in the Poultry, [1785].

Price: $4,500.00


About the item

First edition. Half-titles present, [4], 107, [1] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Sewn, untrimmed. Some light soiling to half-titles, Benjamin Vaughn's signature to the half-title; in custom half-morocco box and chemise. ESTC 6223856; Rothschild 455; Pottle 56.

Item #352072

Boswell's second Letter to the People of Scotland, written to oppose a bill in Parliament for reducing the number of the Lords of Session from fifteen to ten, was notable for ''its exuberance of tone and the wealth of personal allusion'' – although in later years Boswell felt that it was perhaps too extravagant (Pottle). Ultimately, the bill was dropped.
This copy bears the ownership signature of radical politician Benjamin Vaughan (1751-1835). Vaughan was a supporter of the French and American Revolutions and unofficially aided in negotiations between Britain and the United States at the drafting of the Treaty of Paris. A friend of Benjamin Franklin's since university days, he later edited his works.