1803.031: Letters of a British Spy.

Published: 1803

Full Title: The letters of the British spy. Originally published in the Virginia Argus, in August and September, 1803.

Author: Wirt, William (1772-1834).

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Samuel Pleasants

Description: 44 pgs.; 23 cm. (8vo).


Title page lacks authorial credit; Wirt later confirmed these letters were written by him; in 1803, he was a lawyer in Richmond and Norfolk; Wirt later served as U.S. Attorney General (1817-29); text is a series of sketches, often satiric, of contemporary Virginia figures. Copy held by the Library of Virginia has a manuscript note on the end paper stating that the imprint was "made up from the newspaper type from which it was originally printed." Such seems more than likely as the text is printed in two columns throughout, in newspaper scale, with the exception of a page-wide introduction [p. 3] signed: "The British Spy."

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