This Pamphlet appears to be the elusive 1st. Edition of “Letter to the Addressers, on the late Proclamation”, by the London Publisher- J. S. Jordan, No copies of this 1st. true Edition, have been known to survive, so this would be the only one.——-a 40-page edition published by Jordan, cited by Howes.
(Also in 1792; however, to the best of my knowledge that 1st. true Edition, Published by J. S. Jordan, does not exist, but I do think, this is the lost and elusive 1st. Edition.) This Pamphlet of 40 pages to include Title-Page and the last ad page, brings this elusive Pamphlet to 42 pages, is by Jeremiah Samuel Jordan, he was the Publisher of most of Thomas Paine’s works at the time, as was H.D. Symonds in Paternoster Row also of London. H.D. Symonds ads did appear on the back page of this elusive Pamphlet. The name of H.D. Symonds, Publisher of other Thomas Paine works, Like the :-Rights of Man part 1” and (Rights of Man part 2) also, Thomas Paine’s name, does not appear in the Ad to the back page of the works, (Rights of Man part 1”) and (“Rights of Man part 2”).
Both Publishers, J. S. Jordan, and H.D. Symonds of London, spent time in and out of Prison for their publishing, which was very controversial at the time, almost bordering on treason.
The Printing of "Letter to the Addressers, on the late Proclamation", by Thomas Paine, was untaken first by Jeremiah Samuel Jordan of London, then the Publisher H.D. Symonds of London shared the publishing, later to meet the huge demand, the demand of printing 100s of thousands of copies would be shared with his friend H.D. Symonds of London, a known London publisher, who quickly published "Letter to the Addressers, on the late Proclamation” as his friend and fellow Publisher, Jeremiah Samuel Jordan languished in prison at Newgate, for the next 4 years. Sharing of Publishing which would have been the norm at the time, because it would require the printing in excess of 225,000 Pamphlets, was a huge job at the time, it also would be one of many other Pamphlets and Books that were printed by both of them. Both printers, Jeremiah Samuel Jordan and H.D. Symonds, printed for Thomas Paine, both were friends of Paine.
Anyway Published in London, in 1792, 1st. elusive Edition, on very light blue paper by J. S. Jordan. Similar Pamphlets on tinted blue paper was the norm of the London Printer, J. S. Jordan. 1st. Edition thus, original Pamphlet format of 40 pages within, 42 including Title- Page and the back page. Original wrappers within dark green and gold marbled paper wraps as outward covers. Untrimmed papers which was the normal for any Pamphlet or Tract published at the time. Last page with publisher's advertisements for "Rights of Man" part I and part II, and other cheap editions of the above works, including the prices by another Publisher’s, H.D. Symonds, in Paternoster Row. Clean and very Rare and Scarce, in remarkable condition for an 18th. century Pamphlet of the Time.
This Pamphlet is Thomas Paine's reply to the controversy stirred up against both parts of his "Rights of Man" by the "Proclamations and Addresses" in "Corporations and rotten Boroughs” This Pamphlet, in which Paine discusses the reception of the two parts of his Rights of Man and continues his attack on the evils of the English Government, particularly as embodied in the writings and speeches of Mr. Edmund Burke, is essentially a third part of the Rights of Man itself. The late proclamation" refers satirically to the royal proclamation against seditious writings, issued May 21, 1792, and directed particularly against the second part of Paine's Rights of Man. Also this Pamphlet contains the final leaf of advertisements, which is often missing. Thomas Paine corrected the proofs while in Paris and sent them to London for publication to J. S. Jordan, the printer, the work was shared for printing with H.D. Symonds, because J. S. Jordan was in prison, and the few proof copies J. S. Jordan printed at the time were seized and destroyed. His friend and fellow Publisher, H.D. Symonds stepped up to the plate while J. S. Jordan languished in prison and Symonds printed thousands of copies with this name, H.D. Symonds as the Publisher and Thomas Paine’s name as the author on the Title Page.
Both Publishers J. S. Jordan and H.D. Symonds at the time were prosecuted for publishing this work. "Paine here makes a brazen call for a revolution in England and outlines a plan for calling together a convention for the purpose of reviewing the whole mass of English laws and retaining all worthy ones, while letting the rest drop"
A Pamphlet or Tract is a small booklet or leaflet containing information or arguments about a single subject. A Pamphlet or Tract is also an unbound sheet of paper without a hard-cover or binding It may consist of a single sheet of paper that is printed on both sides and folded in half, in thirds, or in fourths, called a leaflet, or it may consist of a few pages that are folded in half and saddled stabled (staples into the spine ) at the crease to make a simple booklet. The pamphlet form of literature has been used for centuries as an economical vehicle for the broad distribution of information. Also due to their low cost and ease of production, Pamphlets have often been used to popularise political or religious ideas. Ephemeral (Pamphlets or Tracts) and to wide array of political or religious perspectives given voice by the format's ease of production, Pamphlets are prized by many Book Collectors, Research Libraries, Private Institutions such as Universities. Substantial accumulations have been amassed and transferred to ownership of academic Research Libraries around the world. Also Pamphlets or Tracts were printed on scarce paper at the time, so when finished were more often then not used as toilet paper, (toilet paper at the time was non existent,) or also used to start a home fire, so paper Pamphlets or Tracts rarely survived, hence there greater value.
Contemporaneous notes hand-written notes to the last blank page, before the final page of ads for other Thomas Paine Books is this,
I copied exactly as written….
Line 1. At Chelmsford Sessions one
Line 2. Christopher Payne of Saffron Walden
Line 3. Bookseller was tried for selling
Line 4. Paine’s Letter to the Addressers
Line 5. an error in the indictment proved
Line 6. fatal to the Prosecution and honest
Line 7. Valiant was acquitted…..
Jeremiah Samuel Jordan, Publisher;- Factual Evidence as can be ascertained- a 40-page edition published by Jordan, cited by Howes
- The Name of the Publisher nor the Author, (Thomas Paine) did not appear because of the huge controversy and the threat of imprisonment for seditious libel against the publisher Jeremiah Samuel Jordan, and the Author if found.
- All of Jeremiah Samuel Jordan Pamphlets Published were and written by Thomas Paine, all were published on blueish tinted paper, as is the case with my Pamphlet, blueish tinted paper.
- Jeremiah Samuel Jordan, was arrested as the printer of the Pamphlet, “Letter to the Addressers, on the late Proclamation”, by author unknown at the time (Thomas Paine), a few hundred Pamphlets were printed and most were seized before they could be distributed by Jeremiah Samuel Jordan associates. A few Pamphlets survived, because of his friends, including Thomas Paine, who read an earlier print run a few days before Jeremiah Samuel Jordan was arrested, that would have been the norm before a major print run, the Publisher would run a few copies to see all was ok or if any of the Pamphlets needed corrections and then run it by the Author, in this case Thomas Paine who lived in Paris, France at the time, who was a friend of Jeremiah Samuel Jordan. So the Pamphlet was sent back and forth between France and England.
- The Pamphlet, itself was calling for the overthrow of the British Government at the time, no Publisher would put his name or the Author’s name to the printed Pamphlet because of the seditious libel laws in England. The seditious libel laws in England if one was convicted would be given the death penalty. Also Thomas Paine through his Pamphlet “Letter to the Addressers, on the late Proclamation”, which was calling for open sedition through his Published Pamphlet inciting people to rebel against the authority of the English state and its Monarchy.
- Once cleared at the courts The second Printer/Publisher H.D. Symonds then Published the Pamphlet, with his name and the author’s name, as the Publisher on his Pamphlet on whitish paper “Letter to the Addressers, on the late Proclamation”, by Thomas Paine, He too was promptly arrested,
- Both J. S. Jordan, and H.D. Symonds were prosecuted for publishing this work. "Paine here makes a brazen call for a revolution in England and outlines a plan for calling together a convention for the purpose of reviewing the whole mass of English laws and retaining all worthy ones, while letting the rest drop"
- VII.The case of seditious libel which was a major criminal offences under English Common Law went ahead, Both men were set free and H.D. Symonds continued to print thousands of more Pamphlets of “Letter to the Addressers, on the late Proclamation”, by Thomas Paine”
- VIII. Mr. H.D.Symonds, many years an active and considerable bookseller in Paternoster-row; In the commencement of the crusade against the French Revolution, he suffered four years imprisonment in Newgate, and paid a heavy fine for vending some political pamphlets.”
- Jeremiah Samuel Jordan, Fleet-street, bookseller, to surrender Mr. Jordan, the bookseller, was arrested on a judge's warrant, in consequence of his conviction for selling a copy of Letter to the Addressers, on the late Proclamation” pamphlet., Without his name or the authors name on the Pamphlet, the Publisher Jeremiah Samuel Jordan, could not be prosecuted, he denied he published the Pamphlet, in the High Court, The Crown Prosecution couldn't prove he did.
- Few people in the long, rich history of America are more respected than the original founding fathers. So, any collector with a work by the political activist and revolutionary, like Thomas Paine, can truly claim to own a piece of American history. Indeed it can be argued that Paine wrote some of the most influential and successful revolutionary tracts or pamphlets ever to be published.
His pamphlet, Common Sense, published in early 1776 was written to garner support for the growing revolution. It became an immediate hit, with all 100,000 copies sold within a few months. So important is the publication it is said that without it Washington would not have succeeded in the revolution.
In 2013 an original version of the pamphlet, with an inscription by Henry Wisner, sold for $545,000. It goes without saying that Paine is an extremely appealing writer for collectors. For many his historical legacy is simply too attractive to ignore; and many are willing to pay a significant price to own a piece of American history.