REMARKS On The PRESENT CONDITION Of The NAVY And PARTICULARLY Of The VICTUALLING. In Which the Notion of Fortyfying of Garisons is exploded; And tis clearly prov'd that the only Security of England consists in a Good Fleet.; In a Letter from a Sailor to a Member of the House of Commons.

London: Printed in the Year, 1670 [1700]. 1st Edition (Wing T3382B). iv, 23, [1 (blank)] pp. 4to: A^2 B - D^4. 8-1/8" x 6-1/8". Later black half-morocco binding, with marbled paper boards. Binding has small snag at spine base. Age-toning to eps. Withal, a solid VG copy. Item #0155

"John Tutchin was a radical Whig controversialist and political journalist, who's many controversial pamplets and works landed in in court many times. 'Tutchin was convinced, throughout his life, that corruption was rampant and that people were trying to defraud the government or serve an anti-English master'...'He and Defoe quarreled in their public writings, with Defoe representing a more Puritan stripe of the whig party and Tutchin the more democratic and Cromwellian side'...'In May 1704, Tutchin fled to France briefly to escape being seized.'...'After he returned to England, Tutchin continued to rail at Jacobites and French agents everywhere. He accused the Navy of secretly supplying food for the French Navy. This got him arrested again. John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough wrote in a letter to Harley, of the matter, 'If I can't have justice done me, I must find some friend that will break his and the printer's bones.' Whether he did so or not, something terrible did happen to Tutchin in prison. He was beaten severely and died of his injuries in custody on 23 September 1707."

Rare political pamphlet on the subject; RBH shows last to the market in a 1963 Frances Edwards catalogue.

Price: $895.00

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