The ax laid to the root of the corrupt tree

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  • Author: Blanch, N., author.
  • Title: The ax laid to the root of the corrupt tree, or, An essay on the hard case of the retail-traders, citizens, shopkeepers, &c. of the city of London : in regard to their trade, as at present invaded by hawkers and pedlars : humbly addressed to the gentlemen that may either be nominated, or offer themselves for candidates against the next general election for representatives in Parliament : with advice to the electors, and recommended to all others whom it may concern : shewing that the principal cause of the decrease of the legal trade of this city is more owing to our own faults therein / by a liveryman.
  • Edition: The second edition.
  • Publication: London : Printed for the author; and sold by C. Corbett,, at Addison’s Head, over-against St. Dunstan’s Church in Fleet-Street, [1741?]

Catalog Record

646 741 B639

Acquired August 2021

One thought on “The ax laid to the root of the corrupt tree

  1. I believe N. Blanch is a pseudonym for Tobias Smollett, as the word blanch means ,”remove colour from”, i.e. remove/hide the name of the true author! See more of my Smollett/ Corbett attributions by Googling;
    “Smollett and Charles Corbett Imprints”

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