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GORDON, Lord George (1751-1793). Agitator. Died in Newgate Prison.
Autograph Letter Signed to Lord North, 1 page 4to with second leaf bearing a contemporary endorsement and an engraved portrait, Welbeck Street, 30 October 1783. Sending a petition from the town of Paisley to the King, at the suggestion of the Duke of Portland.
Gordon, a bigotted protestant, had been partly responsible for the anti-catholic riots of 1780, for which he had been consigned to the Tower of London. He was, however, acquitted of treason in 1781. In later life he converted to judaism. in 1788 he was imprisoned in Newgate for libel, but lived there very comfortably, entertaining lavishly, until his death. His letters rarely appear on the market.
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