Item #28281 The Life of the Late John Elwes, Esquire; Member in Three Successive Parliaments for Berkshire. From the Second London Edition. Edward Topham Esq.
The Life of the Late John Elwes, Esquire; Member in Three Successive Parliaments for Berkshire. From the Second London Edition.
The Life of the Late John Elwes, Esquire; Member in Three Successive Parliaments for Berkshire. From the Second London Edition.
The Life of the Late John Elwes, Esquire; Member in Three Successive Parliaments for Berkshire. From the Second London Edition.
The Life of the Late John Elwes, Esquire; Member in Three Successive Parliaments for Berkshire. From the Second London Edition.

The Life of the Late John Elwes, Esquire; Member in Three Successive Parliaments for Berkshire. From the Second London Edition.

Poughkeepsie: Paraclete Potter; P. & S. Potter, 1815. American edition. The biography of John Elwes (born Meggot) [1714 - 1789] written by his friend Edward Topham. Elwes was a member of Parliament for 12 years and earned notice as a lifelong miser, said to be an inspiration for "Ebenezer Scrooge" in Dicken's 'A Christmas Carol'.

According to Topham, "...His public character lives after him pure and without stain. In private life, he was chiefly an enemy to himself. To others, he lent much; to himself, he denied everything. But in the pursuit of his property, or in the recovery of it, I have it not in my remembrance one unkind thing that ever was done by him."

Printing in Poughkeepsie is said to have started in 1785 by Nicholas Power, who started a newspaper which through 13 name changes incorporating 10 different newspapers, is now an unbroken chain that makes the Poughkeepsie Journal New York's oldest newspaper and the second-oldest in the nation after the Hartford Courant.*

12mo, vi, 7-89pp, (7)pp Recomendations. Portrait frontispiece, paper-covered boards worn, leather spine cracked, title in gilt on spine; internally light general foxing, very readable.
OCLC: 18077754.

*Poughkeepsie Journal, Aug 10, 2015. Item #28281

Price: $125.00

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