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The northern imposter; being a faithful narrative of the adventures, and deceptions, of James George Semple, commonly called Major Semple, alias Major Harrold, Major Maxwell, Major Grant, Major Cunningham, Major Winter, &c. &c. &c. With an Account of his Devices at Lord Salisbury's, Sir Thomas Dundass's, Mr. Pitt's, the Marquis of Landsdown's, Baron Hompesch, Dr. Prettyman, &c. &c. Also the various Inventions by which he obtained Goods of different Tradesmen; and the Names of the Persons who were the Objects of his Depredations. Likewise an account of his trial, Before Mr. Justice Gould and the Recorder, at the Old Bailey, for defrauding Mr. John Lycett of a Post-Chaise, value Fifty Guineas, of which he was convicted. Likewise Mr. Garrow's Motion on the last Day of the Sessions, for deferring Judgment.

  • Semple, James George, 1759-
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Northern hero.


London : printed for G. Kearsley, No. 46, Fleet-Street; and Sold by all Booksellers, 1786.

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120p.,plate : port. ; 8⁰.


The fourth edition. With considerable additions, particularly facts lately authenticated from Russia, condemning an account of his artifices in that part of the world.

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ESTC T122081



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