The creator of Lovelace, the most adroit and beguiling manipulator in eighteenth-century fiction, was in his own life unusually susceptible to deception and fraud. In Samuel Richardson’s last years, having made compassionate loans totalling £50 to Eusebius Silvester, a feckless attorney he came to regard as a confidence trickster, he sought to retrieve his full correspondence with Silvester as a memorial of exploited trust.
"Parliamentary Printing, Paper Credit, and Corporate Fraud: A New Episode in Richardson’s Early Career,"
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