William Hone to Charles Phillips, 23 October, 1820

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William Hone to Charles Phillips, 23 October, 1820.1-TEI-

23rd. Oct. 1820
My Dear Sir,

I do indeed, as you suppose, think the Queen triumphant; hers is, in my honest, sincere opinion, the triumph of honour and innocence, over sensuality and subornation to perjury. I am glad to hear that she has noticed the pamphlet. She is a frank, open-hearted, unsuspicious woman. I have seen and conversed with her. She is shrewd, witty, sarcastic and gay, and so disloyal as to speak what she thinks....

If you come here, you will have to live down some very strong dislikes, and that will take time, unless you prefer the other course, viz. — to declare that certain good and valuable considerations have assured you of the error of your ways, and afforded you the means of parting from your conscience, till you meet it in the other world.

You see what a rascal Donoughmore has become. He was ever a most violent declaimer against the King personally—he is bought—but the price is not known exactly. Lord Hutchinson has been always a private friend of the King, and the unhappy man has not had the courage to resist the blandishments of royalty.

The Editions of your pamphlet2 are 500 each, and it is now in the 19th. edition, which it has arrived at from the means I have adopted, peculiar to myself. Nothing operates more effectually upon a man than interest, and as mine is co-equal with yours in this affair, and my experience of a better kind, in a matter of this sort, than any other man's in London, you have, perhaps the best security an author can have for everything effectual being accomplished to promote his object.

I am, my dear Sir
Yours faithfully
W Hone
Hackwood, 240-41. The location of the original is unknown. [return]
Hone refers to Phillips's The Queen's Case Stated; for more on this pamphlet, see Phillips's letter to Hone, 30 July, 1820
William Hone. Date: 2014-03-20