Charles Phillips to William Hone, 30 July, 1820

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Charles Phillips to William Hone, 30 July, 1820.1-TEI-


July 30th, 1820
My Dear Sir,

I write to you in a hurry from a circuit town, but the subject admits of no delay. I am writing a few pages on the present crisis, which I hope soon to have ready, and after our intercourse, you are the man in England who I would soonest have for my publisher. I will leave the terms entirely to yourself. You will give me whatever sum you choose on each edition, and I am only sorry that a poor man's claims prevent his presenting it to you altogether. If you are satisfied with this, do not lose a moment in inserting the following advertisement.2

In the press, and immediately will be published,
Charles Phillips, Esq., Barrister-at-Law.
'You shall surely answer it when the poorest rag upon the poorest beggar in this island shall have the splendour of your Coronation garment.' Vide statement.

Write to me the moment you receive this, and direct to me at 'Galway.' I shall, by return of post, enclose to you, if not the whole, at least the greatest part of the Manuscript. Excuse haste and believe me, Dear Sir, relying on your immediate answer,

Yours most sincerely,
C. Phillips

Tell me all the news and give my best regards to Mr. Aspland. I need not say I am the Queen's friend.

Hackwood, p. 240. The location of the original manuscript is unknown.
Hone apparently was quite satisfied with these terms; he published The Queen's Case Stated just a few weeks later. The pamphlet (which was dedicated to "Anna Boleyn, the martyr'd consort of Henry the Eighth") went through several editions and appears to have had some effect on popular opinion. [return]
Charles Phillips. Date: 2014-03-20