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    "Britons, awake! arise!
    at the voice of Liberty, of Truth and Nature"

    [William Moore]. The Whisperer, containing Several Spirited Essays on Civil Liberty, Begun the 17th of February, 1770. And published in Numbers regularly every Week; with a Design to preserve, the just Rights of the People, from all Encroachments either of Power or Prerogative; to point out to them, and put them upon their Guard, against every Invasion of their Liberties open or secret, and to prevent their falling a Sacrifice to the in____us and Corrupt Court of George the Third. Vol. I. This Volume contains the first 27 Numbers of these celebrated Papers including the two Numbers Extraordinary together with eight Letters which passed between the Duke of Grafton, Lord North and Mr. Moore. [London]: Printed and Published by the Author, W. Moore, No. 32, Ch[a]ncery-Lane, 1770. First octavo edition, originally published as a folio newspaper, Number I, Saturday, February 17, 1770, continued every Saturday to Number C, Saturday, January 11, 1772. Small octavo (6.75 x 4.25 inches; 172 x 108 mm.). xix (including title), [1, blank], 306 pages.

    Contemporary sprinkled calf. Spine ruled in gilt in compartments with five raised bands and burgundy leather label decoratively ruled and lettered in gilt; board edges decoratively tooled in gilt; edges sprinkled red. Binding rubbed. Some foxing, browning, and occasional soiling. A very good copy. Early ink signature of "Dorothy Caswell / her Book" on verso of front free endpaper; additional pencil and ink signatures of "Dorothy Caswell / Her Book 1811" on rear endpapers, and of "Mary Christopher / Her Book Oct 14th / 1817" on rear pastedown.


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    "No. XXV [of the original one sheet and a-half folio papers] concludes with the 'Note: Some time in September will be published the first twenty-five numbers of the Whisperer, in a neat volume 8vo'...The Whisperer was published, in defiance of the Government and its satellites, to the one hundredth number, by William Moore, of No. 32 Chancer-lane, the second door from Bream's Buildings; when ceasing to affix his address to the paper the publisher intimated the omission would best shew his reasons for not continuing the Whisperer" (Bodleian Library, Catalogue of a Collection of Early Newspaper and Essayists (1865), 387, describing the "original one sheet and a-half folio papers").

     

    "Britons, awake! arise! at the voice of Liberty, of Truth and Nature: this voice is sounding through England, and must be heard. Break the chains, which bind and disgrace you; Chains, that have been forged by tyranny upon the anvil of imposture" (Number IV, Saturday, March 10, 1770, page 45).

     

    Bodleian Library, Catalogue of a Collection of Early Newspaper and Essayists (1865), 388.

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