The Charge of J---- P---- [i.e. Judge Page] to the Grand Jury of M[iddlese]x On Saturday May 22. 1736
London : Printed in the Year 1738. Small 8vo, A-B4, 16pp, disbound.
Ostensibly by, but perhaps a satire upon, Sir Francis Page, ‘the hanging judge’, often branded as one of the most brutal of his age, but a reputation which may not be altogether deserved. He presided at the trial of the poet Richard Savage for murder and condemned him to death, thus attracting the enmity and dirision of Savages’s literary friends, especially Pope and Johnson who both continued to ‘savage’ the judge in their writings for some years.
On pp 8-13 there is an extended description of the ‘evils of dram-drinkingl’.
Reference: Kress 4399 Goldsmith’s Library 7609
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