London. 1788. ,49,pp. Half title. Dbd. Half title detached, faint institutional ink stamp and contemporary inked numeral on titlepage. Good. Item #WRCAM50596
A scarce tract written in response to William Beloe's A FREE TRANSLATION OF THE PREFACE TO BELLENDENUS (London, 1788), who had translated the work from the Latin of Samuel Parr. There are numerous American references and the way the government conducted the war. The authorship of the work is revealed in Thomas Crompton's footnotes in LETTERS FROM THE LATE LORD CHEDWORTH TO THE REV. THOMAS CROMPTON; WRITTEN IN THE PERIOD FROM JAN. 1780, TO MAY, 1795 (Norwich, 1840). From Compton's footnotes:
"It is very evident that Lord C. [Chedworth] who had lately learned from me that I was the author of the 'Animadversions,' was not pleased with the publication.... That Lord C. should dislike the publication will not appear very wonderful. The opinions given of some of the leading characters of the day were very different from those which he entertained; and probably the very fact of my animadverting at all was, in his mind, a violation of that respect which he believed due to the learning, character, and talents of his friend and tutor." LOWNDES, p.145. BRINLEY 4187 (group lot). Thomas Crompton, ed. LETTERS FROM THE LATE LORD CHEDWORTH TO THE REV. THOMAS CROMPTON; WRITTEN IN THE PERIOD FROM JAN. 1780, TO MAY, 1795. (Norwich. 1840.) pp.104-05.