[Broadside against Napoleon]James Asperne Reprints the following Resolutions of the Inhabitants of the Parish of St. Mary Lambeth, held at the Royal Oak, Vauxhall, July 26th, 1803, Robert Slade, Esq. in the Chair, from a Conviction of their Utility at the present important Critis, and that he may have an Opportunity of dispersing them with his other loyal Papers, which he has already circulated to the amount of nearly 300,000 in Number. [...] Robert Slade, Chairman.
Letterpress, sheet 445 x 280mm (17½ x 11"). On laid paper watermarked 1802.
Broadside published at the time when fears of an invasion of the British Isles by Napoleon were at their height. The text publishes resolutions made at a meeting of inhabitants of St. Mary Lambeth (the parish stretching along the south of the Thames from Vauxhall to Waterloo), that in the face of possible invasion, all able-bodied residents of the parish must enrol to assist in the defence of their country. The wider application of the broadside was both to serve as an example to other parishes for increasing enrolment, and to defame Napoleon (much of the text consists of allegations of attrocities and tyrannical acts carried out by the consul). A note at the bottom of the sheet suggests 'Noblemen, Magistrates, and Gentlemen, would do well by ordering a few Dozen of the above Tracts of their different Booksellers, and causing them to be stuck up in the respective Villages where they reside, that the Inhabitants may be convinced of the Cruelty of the Corsican Usurper.' The publisher James Asperne (1757-1820) was best-known for publishing the popular 'European Magazine'.
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