The Black Book; Or, Corruption Unmasked!


The Black Book; Or, Corruption Unmasked!

[WADE, John]

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Being an Account of Places, Pensions, and Sinecures, the Revenues of the Clergy and Landed Aristocracy; the Salaries and Emoluments in Courts of Justice and the Police Department; the Expenditure of the Civil List; the Amount and Application of the Droits of the Crown and Admiralty; the Robbery of Charitable Foundations; The Profits of the Bank of England, arising from the Issue of it notes, Balances of Public Money, Management of the Borough Debt, and other Sources of Emolument; the Debt, Revenue, and Influence of the East-India Company; the State of the Finances, Debt, and Sinking-Fund. To which is added, correct lists of both Houses of Parliament; showing their family connections, parliamentary influence, the places and pensions held by themselves or relations; distinguishing also those who voted against Catholic Emancipation, and for the Seditious Meeting and Press-Restriction Bills; the whole forming a complete Exposition of the cost, influence, patronage, and corruption of the Borough Government. Wade's work created a sensation when first printed and 50,000 copies were sold. With some alterations in the title, it was reproduced in 1831, 1832, and 1835. The rage against government corruption is published a year after the tumultuous events of 1819 when the corn laws and repressions of the press and public gatherings were enraging a disenfranchised public. It was in response to growing dissatisfaction with the rotten boroughs and the corrupt landowners who exploited the poor and owned the government, that the first Reform Act of 1832 was issued beginning the long and difficult road to emancipation in Britain over the next century.

Publication Info

  • Publisher: John Fairburn
  • Edition: First edition
  • Date Published: 1820
  • Place Published: London
  • ISBN: n/a


  • Condition: Good
  • Signed: No
  • Dust Jacket: No
  • Jacket Condition: n/a
  • Details:
    480 p. 22 cm. Full leather with gold border on boards and lettering on spine. Worn edges and corners. Scuffing to boards. Gold fading. Occasional foxing to paper. Text unmarked and clear for reading.

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