A Certain Information of a Certain Discourse that happen'd at a Certain Gentlemans House, in a certain County. Written by a certain Person then present, to a certain Friend now at London. From when you may Collect the great Certainty of the Account

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London: Printed and Sold by John Baker, 1712. Third edition. [4], 79, [4ads, 1] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. "it is one of the Characteristicks of you Whigs to abhor Peace". A very witty and amusing piece describing the conversation between three gentlemen friends of different political parties, discussing the politics of the day, and whether England should go to war with France or Holland, and what to do with Spain and the Indies and all the problems associated with doing any of the above. "But if a War with Holland were ever so Reasonable, yet it will require Money to carry it on, and I remember the Reason given for our making Peace with France, was our great want of Money. I hope you will not find Money for a War with Holland, when you cou'd not not find any for one with France." Sir Thomas Burnet (1694-1753), a younger son of the Bishop of Salisbury, "was notorious among the men of his time about town for debauchery and wit. Swift, writing of the Mohocks to Stella in 1712, says: 'The bishop of Salisbury's son is said to be of the gang; they are all whigs.' He published many pamphlets, for one of which, 'Certain information of a certain discourse,' the government imprisoned him. ... The whigs, on their accession to power, rewarded him with the consulship at Lisbon" (DNB). In later life Burnet returned to England to practice law; he was knighted and made a judge. Third edition. Disbound, some browning, else fine.


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