Mansfield Voluntary Association

Mansfield Voluntary Association


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[002925] [Suppressing Tumults and Commotions]. Mansfield Voluntary Association for the Defence of the Town and Neighbourhood, in Case of Emergency, and for Suppressing Tumults and Commotions. Mansfield: Drakard, 1798. First Edition. Folio. Unbound. Broadside. Good. Single sided printed broadside, approximately 215mm x 335mm in size.

Slightly creased, lightly browned, with a few small spots to foot, small closed hole towards bottom third, catching text but with no loss of sense, note in pen to reverse.

The printer Drakard, not found in Mansfield in the BBTI, (but there is a John Drakard in Stamford by 1800, so possibly the same man), has cunningly used the broadside to advertise for an apprentice within his imprint, ‘Drakard, Printer, Mansfield; by whom an Apprentice is wanted’.

This Mansfield Association was probably raised in response to the Defence of the Realm Act of 1798, which had instructed local authorities to canvass every able bodied man between the ages of fifteen and sixty about his willingness to take up arms in his country’s defence.

Unrecorded in ESTC