Bonnie Prince Charlie

Griffiths, Ralph London  1746

Translated from a manuscript privately handed about at the court of Versailles. Containing a particular account of all that happened to a certain person during his wanderings in the north, from his memorable defeat in April 1746, to his final escape, on the 19th of September in the same year. Genuine memoirs of John Murray, Esq; late secretary to the Young Pretender. Ascanius is a fictionalized account of the Young Pretender, whose defeat in the Rebellion of 1745 had a romantic appeal which the government was not keen to have disseminated. Some 1700 copies had been printed when the author, and the booksellers involved, William Faden and William Owen, were examined for libel in January, 1747. In fact attempts to suppress the text were useless, and this pamphlet quickly reappeared as Book II of a longer version.