[Broadside against Napoleon]Substance of the Speech of Jacob Bosanquet, Esq. At the Royal Exchange, July the 26th, 1803
Letterpress, sheet 435 x 280mm (17 x 11"). Creasing lower right.
Broadside published at the time when fears of an invasion of the British Isles by Napoleon were at their height, taken from a speech by Jacob Bosanquet (1755-1828), who was Chairman of the East India Company in 1803. This speech, made at an assembly of commercial interests, calls for the solidarity of those present with British interests, and to'unite in an unanimous declaration to stand or fall with our Country and our King'. Bosanquet compares Britain with Ancient Rome and Constantinople, and sees the Sack of those cities as examples to be avoided, of how even great cities can fall through inadequate vigilance. 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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