London: Printed by T. Harper, 1811. 114, , [1 errata] pp. Bound in modern plain wrappers, old rubberstamp on title page, two light blindstamps. Light scattered foxing. Good+.
The Code Duello is well-reflected in this outraged denunciation of two participants in a duel who agreed to testify in a court martial of their opponents. The prefatory Advertisement explains 'Editor's' reason for publishing this account of one of those "petty questions of private, and personal disputes among the Officers of a Regiment." Such matters, "seldom of any peculiar interest, beyond the limited sphere of their immediate operation, are rarely presented to the notice of the public."
This case, however, is different: Patullo and Hitchins have been "prevailed upon, by a promise of personal indemnity, to assume the contemptible character of informers, or King's Evidence, against two other officers, their opponents, in such duel." Such conduct is "subversive of all those principles of honor, and confidence, which have heretofore regulated the conduct of gentlemen." They have inflicted "a deep, and deadly wound, at those received principles, of mutual confidence, and honor, which form the basis, and the cement of civil society!"
OCLC 69672299 [1- DLC] [as of December 2015]. Item #32592