Printed for S. Highley, No. 24, Fleet-Street, by Glendinning, Printer, 25, Hatton Garden. 1803. 1 side, printed, 34 x 21cm (13 ½" x 8 ¼"). FINE. A broadside of 1803 containing the words of a sailor to his messmates, extracted from Bonaparte, or The Free-Booter, a Drama which was recommended by the Literary Journals, for August 1803. Jack begins with : "My worthy Comrades, I have now served with you in defence of Old England, upwards of twenty years, there are many of you that have fought side by side with me, and bravely conquered, for whenever England goes to war, it is to recover the rights of nations, which are infringed upon by Usurping Tyrants. The Fame of Englishmen is known in every quarter of the world, beloved and feared on every coast, our friendship is courted, our resentment dreaded." After describing the threat from Bonaparte and what England has already achieved, the writer announces that the Usurper "intends to put to sea with 300,000 troops, destined for the conquest of England, a few hours after, your clemency will be called forth, to snatch from the waves those poor wretches who, deluded by his promises, attempt to invade us – They fight for Rapine and Plunder – We fight for our Country, our Wives, and our Children ! Choose, then, whether you will wear the chains of Gallic Slavery, or preserve those honours which our ancestors have bequeathed to us … Whether shall we choose to have it said, that in the year 1803, England was attempted to be invaded with an immense force by the combined Armies and Fleets of France, Holland, and Italy, that the brave English, achieving miracles, defeated, burnt, sunk, and took the whole fleet, and did not leave a single vessel to bear the tidings back to France …" The Sailor continues in like fashion and ends with a promise that the enemy will be punished by being torn to pieces. The broadside is in exceptionally fine condition and printed on good quality rag paper with no foxing and as fresh as the day it was printed over two hundred years ago. CONTEMPORARY BROADSIDE OF 1803 CONCERNING THE THREAT OF FRENCH INVASION.

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