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CRIMPS.. Reflections on the Pernicious Custom of Recruiting by Crimps; and on various other Modes now practised in the British Army. In a Letter to a Friend.1795

London: Printed for D. Isaac Eaton, First edition, [4], 5-25pp., advertisement leaf at end, disbound. Describes the manner of recruiting by the British Army by crimping (similar to naval press-ganging), and describes it as little more than slavery. The author quotes from legal and other sources and cites examples of the problems associated with this manner of recruitment. He emphasizes the idea that an enslaved or forced soldier is not likely to be a good soldier, describes how wealth or education was not a protection against impressment and several other factors affecting the military services. Goldsmith, 16436.

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